The American Geographical Society (AGS) has named Walton County School District's Teacher of the Year Nathan Gray of Monroe Area High School as a 2017 AGS Geography Teacher Fellow. Mr. Gray is one of 50 teachers selected from across the United States to participate in the program in its second year.
"I am extremely honored to be selected as a 2017 American Geographical Society Fellow. To be recognized on a national platform is extremely humbling. I am proud to be able to represent Monroe Area High School and Walton County on the national stage," said Gray. "I would not have any chance at such an honor if I was not teaching in such a great situation with tremendous students, fellow teachers, and administrators. I am happy to do my part to bring us a little more recognition."
Mr. Gray teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography at Monroe Area. As part of the award for being selected as an AGS Geography Teacher Fellow, he will attend the AGS Fall Symposium 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 demanded by today's geospatial companies.
“We are very pleased to be able to have Nathan 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. In addition, the teachers will be able to bring back to their classrooms practical and cutting-edge information and applications of the latest advancements in the geospatial world," added Dr. Konarski.
The AGS Fall Symposium is one of the most important and recognized geography/geospatial events in North America during the Fall Semester. Attendees include CEOs and senior executives from preeminent geospatial companies along with leading experts and representatives from government, not-for-profits and academia.