Gagnon honored with award

Teacher promotes geography education in district

  • ‘I love what I do,’ says teacher Nancy Gagnon. COURTESY PHOTO

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 7:4PM

Nancy Gagnon, chair of the ConVal High School Social Studies Department, has been named recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award K-12 by The National Council for Geographic Education.

“I was thrilled,” Gagnon said Friday.

Gagnon has been working with the National Council for 25 years, teaching teachers how to teach geography, sharing her passion with students, and promoting geography education in the state. She’s taught at ConVal for 17 years; before that, she taught in the Mascenic School District for seven years.

If you ask her why she’s so passionate about geography, she’ll tell you, “Because it’s everywhere. It’s in the setting of a story. It’s how we interact with the world from a scientific perspective.”

Geography is something we take for granted, but could never live without, according to Gagnon. “People Think of geography as just a spot on the map,” she said. “It’s all kinds of interactions with the place we call home.”

“People use geography all the time without thinking about it,” she added. “We all have mental maps in our heads.”

Gagnon has been leading conferences and presenting on the topic of geography education for more than two decades at the local, state and national levels.

“I love what I do,” she said.

The Distinguished Teaching Award honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and learning of geography in the classroom. Gagnon will be formally recognized by the National Council at an awards ceremony in Tampa, Florida, in July.