National Geographic Honors Colorado Teacher

Kathryn Zimmann, from Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs, has been selected as one of only 25 teachers to be granted a Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship.  She will also be invited to participate on one of their Lindblad Expeditions.

According to The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO), the fellows will travel to exotic locations all over the world, including Arctic Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, and Antarctica.

The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program is designed to give K-12 teachers the “opportunity to feed their curiosity about the world”.  The program started in 2007 and, so far, has given about 50 teachers the chance to bring first-hand geographic knowledge back to their classrooms.

Innovative Teaching in Austin TX

The Austin Independent School District reports that Joy Lin, the mathematics curriculum specialist at Linder Elementary School, has been named the Texas Classroom Teachers Association’s 2013-14 “Innovator of the Year”.  Each year, TCTA presents the award to recognize innovative, outstanding work that has produced recognizable results in the classroom, school, or district.

This isn’t her first notable.  In 2012, TED and Kohl’s Cares chose Lin as one of 18 winners of the national “Lessons Worth Sharing” contest.  TED then asked her to do a six-video lesson that engages students by making a connection between physics and super powers (such as flying and invisibility).  You can watch her videos here.

Since she was hired by AISD in 2005, Lin has worked almost exclusively with at-risk students.  She served as the science department chair at the Travis County Juvenile Detention Center and as the special education department char at the Ann Richards School before joining the faculty of Linder Elementary.

Lin will be honored (with other award winners) at an awards luncheon in June.