North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) Lower School Elementary Teacher, Shannon Gallagher, is now a certified National Geographic Educator. According to the National Geographic website, the program “recognizes pre-K through 12 formal and informal educators committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationists, and changemakers. These educators are part of a powerful movement to make the world a better place by empowering students to be informed decision-makers equipped to solve meaningful challenges in their communities and beyond.” For three months, through online meetings, workshops, and independent study, Gallagher learned about the NatGeo curriculum framework and educational resources. She created lessons aligned with the framework, receiving exemplary reviews from peers and certification guides for keeping within the mantra of the program, “Don’t just teach students about the world—teach them how to change it.”
“My whole life, I have connected with National Geographic media as inspiration for learning and teaching about the world,” said Gallagher. “When I learned about the certification program, it interested me quite a bit. This project challenged me and infused new energy into my teaching. Working with my students on this project during this health pandemic brought me happiness and satisfaction. I strive to exemplify lifelong learning for my students; it is when I am challenged that I am reminded of my young ones who are all learning new things.”
*Header Photo taken pre-pandemic – Shannon Gallagher teaching class in February 2020.
Brian Beard – C.I. Photography