Amphitheater District Teacher Heading to the Arcticby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Apr. 22, 2013, under Press Releases
Wilson K-8 science and engineering/robotics teacher Betsy Wilkening is going to escape
Tucson’s summer heat in a big way. The Amphitheater Schools teacher is one of 14 teachers from across the country chosen to spend part of the
summer in the Arctic aboard the Lindblad expedition ship National Geographic Explorer. National
Geographic selected the educators as Grosvenor Teacher Fellows.
This is the seventh year of the Fellows program, established to honor former National
Geographic Society Chairman Gilbert M. Grosvenor’s lifetime commitment to
Each year, K-12 educators apply for this one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity,
with the goal of enhancing their geographic knowledge through direct experience.
Wilkening will take back what she learns to the classroom. She said, “I am really looking
forward to creating lessons to develop student understanding of Arctic
geography and native communities.”
Wilkening teaches her students to think and act locally and globally to make a positive
impact on the environment. She is a council member of the newly-formed Polar Educators International.
It is no surprise that Betsy’s favorite
animal is a narwhal. She is very excited about the opportunity for a possible sighting.
She will blogging during the expedition, and will be available after the
trip for presentations to classrooms, teachers, and other groups in the Tucson area.