MV’s Thomas named Geography Teacher of the Year – The Daily Reporter

FORTVILLE — Deb Thomas, a teacher at Mt. Vernon Middle School, recently received the Indiana College Geography Teacher of the Year award.

This award, given by the Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana, is given annually to an Indiana middle and high school teacher who lives the organization’s mission by promoting the value and importance of geography. The award was announced at the annual conference of the Indiana Council for Social Studies, of which GENI is a sponsor.

“It has been a privilege to guide my students through part of their educational journey for over thirty years,” she said in a press release. “Although some of them may never scale the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro or visit the Taj Mahal, many will now live and learn alongside others who hold diverse customs and beliefs. Students must prepare for a world that is exponentially smaller, so history, geographic literacy and cultural awareness are more essential than ever.

She said the organization helps teachers expand students’ knowledge and understanding by providing a variety of student programs, professional development opportunities and resources.

The Indiana Geography Educators Network ensures that Indiana citizens are geographically literate. The organization serves to provide educators with resources, connections, and teaching concepts that help them achieve this goal in their classroom. This allows students to develop geographic skills that will help them in other aspects of their learning.

Thomas was a teacher at Mt. Vernon Schools for 30 years. She was also recently recognized as one of the 10 finalists for the 2020 Indiana Teacher of the Year Award through the Indiana Department of Education.

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