MARTINEZ -- Rona Zollinger, Contra Costa County's 2012 Teacher of the Year, is one of 14 educators selected for a summer Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Grosvenor Teaching Fellowship.

She will spend part of her time aboard a National Geographic Explorer ship traveling to Norway, Arctic Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland or the Canadian High Arctic. During the monthlong excursion, she will learn about ocean stewardship and geographic awareness and develop lessons to bring back to her students.

"I'm excited to learn more about climate change and bring those lessons back to my school district and partnerships," said Zollinger, who established an environmental studies academy at Vicente Martinez High in Martinez.




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