A teacher at Blue Springs South High School is competing in a grant competition sponsored through Hilton Hotels.
Keith Hannaman, who teaches environmental science, is one of 30 finalists in the Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks Travel Grant Competition. The program will fund 15 teachers to travel and experience first-hand the subject they teach. This is expected to enrich the teacher’s curriculum and inspire students to explore the world themselves. The program is a partnership between Hilton HHonors and the Institute of International Education, which focuses on international exchange and administrators the Fulbright Scholarship.
“I’m proud to have this chance to continue to grow and provide opportunities to show my students and community what can happen when the passion for what you do is kept alive by their continued support and motivation,” Hannaman said. “This is a great example how teachers who step outside their classroom and knock on doors, often get a knock on their own classroom door.”
If Hannaman is one of the winners, he would like to travel to the Galapagos to become better educated on how Ecuador handles invasive species. He would then like to share what he learned with his students.
“I can think of no more exciting place in the teaching of environmental science than the Galapagos Islands. Hundreds of years after their world-changing discovery, those islands are under assault. Introduced plants and animals, otherwise known as invasive species, are the single biggest threat to the Galapagos Islands,” he said in the description of his entry. “Much of my professional life has been spent dealing with invasive species here in Missouri and teaching my students of this serious threat through classroom and school projects and my own efforts in my community and around the state. The Control of Invasive Species in the Galapagos Archipelago Project and the Isabela Project are just two attempts to address this problem. I need to know more.”
Teacher Treks winners and runner-ups will be selected through public voting. Individuals can vote one time per day at
www.hhonors.com/TeacherTreks. Voting closes April 30. The 15 winners will receive a $6,000 grant to travel to a destination of their choice. Each winning teacher’s school will receive a $2,500 grant to be used for cultural activities or enhancements.
In addition to the winners, 15, runners-up will be selected to receive a $2,500 grant for their school. One winner from all the submissions will receive a cultural excursion for their classroom, valued at $1,500. For those who voted in the Teacher Treks competition, 10 random winners will receive one $250 Hilton HHonors Gift Card.
Winners will be announced in May.
“To visit and work with scientists in the Galapagos Islands, to see what Darwin saw, is a science teachers trip of a lifetime,” Hannaman said. “Being one of the final 15 would enable me to bring back video and pictures and first hand knowledge to share with my students you certainly can’t get from a book.”
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