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Eldorado teacher to embark on South Pacific expedition

Rick Sleeter, an anthropology teacher at Eldorado High School, has been recognized for his classroom work by Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship. (Source: Albuquerque Public Schools)

Rick Sleeter, an anthropology teacher at Eldorado High School, has been recognized for his classroom work by Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship. (Source: Albuquerque Public Schools)

The South Pacific is calling Eldorado High School anthropology teacher Rick Sleeter.

Sleeter has been selected as one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows in recognition of his commitment to geographic education.

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The reward is a 19-day expedition starting later this month in Tahiti and, 2,700 miles later, ending in Hawaii. He will experience landscapes, cultures and wildlife unique to the regions of exploration. He will be accompanied by Lindblad-National Geographic expedition experts, who range from undersea specialists to National Geographic photographers.

To prepare for the voyage, Sleeter and the 44 other Fellows participated in a multi-day, hands-on, pre-expedition workshop at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they learned a range of skills from photography and video editing to outreach planning and public speaking.

They will then bring back their experiences to their classrooms, communities and professional networks.

The fellowship is named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, chairman emeritus of the National Geographic Society, in recognition of his decades-long work supporting pre-K—12 teachers and promoting geography education across the U.S. and Canada. The expeditions were donated in perpetuity to the Society by Sven-Olof Lindblad and Lindblad Expeditions in 2006 to mark Grosvenor’s 75th birthday.

The 2019 class of Grosvenor Teacher Fellows is diverse group of formal and informal educators, representing an array of subject areas including social studies, STEM, second-language programs and art, from across the United States and Canada as well as a U.S. Department of Defense Activity School in Japan.

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