April 10, 2019


Leticia Ingram from Basalt High School (BHS) has been selected as one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows in recognition of her commitment to geographic education.

Ingram is one of 45 highly respected educators from the United States and Canada selected for this year’s Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship Class. Ingram is currently an English language development, biology, and film teacher at Basalt High School and was the 2016 Colorado Teacher of the Year.

“When students see to what end of the world she’ll go to enrich her own teaching skills and knowledge, it’s an inspiration to all of us,” said BHS Principal Peter Mueller. “She shows students what possible when you set your mind to something.”

Starting later this year, the 2019 Fellows will begin their 10- to 23-day expeditions to locations across the globe, including Southeast Alaska, the High Arctic, the British and Irish Isles, the Canadian Maritimes, Central America, Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands, and the South Pacific. The global expeditions are designed to enhance the fellows’ geographic knowledge with hands-on, field-based experiences that they will bring back to their pre-K–12 classrooms, communities, and professional networks.

Ingram will travel to the High Arctic in June. She will begin her adventure in Oslo, Norway, then fly to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. She’ll board an expedition ship to explore the archipelago, likely spotting polar bears, reindeer, and walruses along the way. Cruising in Svalbard’s fjords and getting up close to glaciers are also on her exciting agenda.

“I still cannot believe it,” said Ingram. “I keep pinching myself and asking if this is real. I am thrilled and honored to have this adventure of a lifetime. It will be an amazing hands-on experience that I can bring back to my students and community.”


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