By: Sharon Aron Baron
Coral Springs High School teacher Kathleen Pickering was recently named a 2017 American Geographical Society (AGS) Geography Teacher Fellow.
Pickering, who teaches Advanced Placement (AP) human geography, is one of 50 teachers selected from across the United States to participate in the program.
As part of the award for being selected as an AGS Geography Teacher Fellow, Pickering will attend the AGS Fall Symposium in November at Columbia University in New York City. The Symposium provides Teacher Fellows with the opportunity to gain valuable cutting-edge content knowledge and awareness of the real-world geographic workplace skills required by companies.
Teaching for only five years, Pickering has worked exclusively at Coral Springs High School.
“I love teaching this class because it opens your mind to the world around you and leads you to look at things from different perspectives,” she said.
Through her experiences at the symposium she is hoping to be apprised to new and engaging ways to bring the information back to her students through activities and access to different resources. She will also share these resources with her AP Human Geography colleagues throughout Broward County at their collaborative meetings.
“We are very pleased to be able to have Kathleen among 50 of the best teachers in the country join us in New York City in November,” said Dr. John Konarski, CEO of the American Geographical Society. “The collective experience and expertise of these Geography Teacher Fellows will be an integral component as AGS leads the cause for the future of geography and geospatial science.”
The AGS Fall Symposium is one of the most important and recognized geography/geospatial events in North America. Attendees include CEOs and senior executives from preeminent geospatial companies along with leading experts and representatives from government, not-for-profit organizations and academia.