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Local teacher receives international fellowship

Out of more than a hundred applications from talented educators, Kelly Gronemeyer of John Carroll Catholic High School has been selected by the nonprofit organization Ecology Project International (EPI) to participate in an 8-day Teacher Fellowship in and around Yellowstone National Park this March. EPI is a field science and conservation organization that partners scientists, students, and educators in ecological hotspots, such as Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, Belize, Mexico, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

During the upcoming EPI Teacher Fellowship, Gronemeyer and a small group of carefully selected teachers will experience the field course for themselves, gaining skills and resources they can bring back to the classroom. The group will be immersed in the forests and meadows of Yellowstone’s wildlife-rich Northern Range. Days will be spent assisting Yellowstone scientists with ungulate monitoring and data collection as part of the park’s “Home on the Range” project. Throughout the program, the group will learn strategies they can bring back to their classrooms to help students observe, question, collect data, and critically analyze the world around them. This EPI Teacher Fellowship takes place March 16 - 23. For more information on EPI’s programs or how teachers can apply, please visit