Mrs. Holden travels to Costa Rica, brings back experiences of a lifetime

Feb 18 2020

Mrs. Holden travels to Costa Rica, brings back experiences of a lifetime

Fourth grade teacher Mrs. Holden recently returned from her trip to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal as part of her activities as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow with the National Geographic Society, and is still buzzing with ideas and enthusiasm from her experience.

She was one of only three teachers in Texas and 45 throughout the United States selected for this award.

On this expedition, she was part of a group of 68 guests, and her activities included hiking on forest trails in Corcovado National Park, swimming in a cool waterfall deep in the Oso Peninsula, and snorkeling at coral reef off of Coiba Island.

One afternoon, she and her group visited Playa Blanca and witnessed firsthand the research methods of the biologists of Latin American Sea Turtles, and got to release a hawksbill sea turtle back to the sea.

“My students need to understand how the complex and dynamic human and natural systems interact in order to make smart decisions. One of the best ways to show this is through “Sciencetelling,” — storytelling with an emphasis on the science involved,” Mrs. Holden said. “I use a geographic perspective, offering a unique lens to analyze space, place, and the interconnections between both the human and natural world. Using this Geo-Inquiry Process, students begin to connect complex components, see patterns, and make connections that change their own communities. We will be exploring the topic of biodiversity–both in Costa Rica and Panama, but then also in San Antonio.”

Now she’s urging her fellow teachers to obtain National Geographic Educator Certification, to give them the intellectual tools to help equip the next generation of curious explorers, conservationists and those who are ready to make a difference in the world.

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