Manheim Township High School teacher Nicole Eshelman is traveling in Antarctica with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow.

She is learning about human impact on the continent.

“This expedition is absolutely incredible for learning so much, and I’m very much looking forward to sharing my experience with the district,” Eshelman said in a news release.

Country Day head of school travels to Asia

On his first trip to China and India as Lancaster Country Day School’s emissary, Head of School Steve Lisk experienced a taste of the rich cultural bounty open to students, according to a school news release.

It was the ninth trip for special projects administrator Shelly Landau and international student liaison Helen Najarian, who traveled with Lisk. They made the trip to reaffirm existing relationships in China, and to foster a deeper and new relationship with an independent school in India. The goal was to expand connections to schools abroad, increasing the opportunities for LCDS and international students to benefit from the exchanges.

“We want to build out our Global Program depth to offer our students a richer experience as they go through LCDS, as well as foster increased trust between schools and understanding between cultures,” Lisk said in the release.

Lisk’s first destination was Shanghai, home of one of Country Day’s global partner schools, and to meet the parents of several current international students. He was struck by the value Chinese parents, like their American counterparts, place on education, according to the release.

“These families recognize that our (school) system is vastly different than theirs,’’ he said. “The strength of American universities and colleges is also well understood.”

Country Day’s newest partner school is the Navrachana International School Vadodara in Gujarat, India.

Lampeter-Strasburg Teacher of the Month

Martin Meylin Middle School Teacher of the Month for December was special education teacher Jennifer Gilman, who was honored for going above and beyond her duties to provide opportunities for the students in her life skills classroom, according to a district news release. She’s been teaching in Lampeter-Strasburg School District since 2003.

Gilman and her students display their handmade crafts each year at the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 holiday and spring bazaars.