History teacher Kevin Fox has been selected as a 2019 Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and will travel to the Arctic this summer. Kevin, who teaches AP Human Geography at George School, received the fellowship in recognition of his commitment to geographic education.
The 2019 Fellows, a group of forty-five highly respected educators from the United States and Canada, will embark on global expeditions on board Lindblad Expedition ships. They will be accompanied by Lindblad-National Geographic expedition experts, who range from undersea specialists to National Geographic photographers.
In June, Kevin will set sail on an eleven-day expedition to Arctic Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago located halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Covered with glaciers and teeming with polar bears, Svalbard is also one of the world’s northernmost areas in the world inhabited by humans.
“I look forward to bringing my own curiosities about the Arctic, a place that has really only existed in my imagination,” said Kevin. “Being there—listening, seeing, feeling, smelling—will demystify this faraway land alive only on the fringes of my own mental map.”
A cultural geographer and cartographer, Kevin is no stranger to international travel, having lived in Spain, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Canada, Ireland, Austria, and Tanzania. Kevin sees his upcoming expedition as much more than travel, and he is excited about the opportunity to bring his field experiences back to the George School classroom and community.
“The challenge of this expedition is to bring home the observations and communicate the exploration—at times personal and poetic, other times scholarly and creative,” said Kevin. “In my Human Geography classes we will work together to develop a case study of Svalbard. In the fall, a school-wide assembly is planned for the entire George School community in order to further communicate the expedition, the Arctic, and the importance of ‘doing’ geography in our lives.”
Congratulations to Kevin!