Forsyth Central High teacher to attend geography symposium

A Forsyth Central High School teacher is gearing up to travel to the Big Apple after recently being named an American Geographical Society 2017 Geography Teacher Fellow.

Jennifer Garner, who teaches AP human geography at Central, was one of 50 teachers from across the nation selected to participate in the group’s fellow program, which is now in its second year.

The program’s fall symposium will be held Nov. 15 and 16 at Columbia University in Manhattan and is intended to “provide 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,” a news release said.

Garner said this year’s symposium will focus on the future of mobility and how changes in technology affect the movement of goods, people and information around the world.

“The goal is to bring back to our classrooms current information about how technology is changing [world] geography,” she said. “We’re exposing kids at a younger age to what’s going on, and the [symposium] will focus on why certain problems are more prevalent in certain areas of world.

“That ties right in to what I teach and will strengthen my knowledge of the problems [my students] face going into the world and in the future.”

Garner said she is looking forward to hearing from researchers, experts, government officials and other educators who she may not have otherwise had an opportunity to interact with.

“It’s really pretty exciting, coming from little Cumming, Georgia,” she said. “I’m really excited to have exposure to geographers I wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to, and it’ll be very exiting to hear from experts and hear what’s coming next in the movement of information, people and goods in the future.

“Plus, I’m very excited to get a chance to get up to New York and explore some things [outside] of the symposium.”