According to the American Geographical Society, Hudson High School AP Human Geography and Civics teacher Luke Chaffee is one of the 50 best applicants in his field of teaching in 2018. Chaffee was recently named an AGS Geography Teacher Fellow.
"It was really nice to have the validation for your work. They symposium was an impressive collection of the best and brightest in multiple fields and was incredibly interesting and will change how we teach energy in AP Human Geography at HHS," Chaffee said. "My friends and family thought it was great that I had the opportunity to be recognized for my work."
The fellowship was created four years ago to help close the gap between what's occurring in industry and government and what's being taught in the schools, Chaffee said. AP Human Geography or AP Geography teachers can apply and submit a written essay to the selection committee at AGS. The committee then selects 50 of the applicants to go to NYC for a three-day symposium at Columbia University. The symposium has a specific focus, Chaffee said, with this year's looking at powering the 21st Century.
"Mostly (being named a geography teacher fellow) will affect how I teach certain curriculum. As a teacher, it helped create wonderful contacts that will be helpful to myself and my students moving forward," Chaffee said. "It won't directly impact my career trajectory. I love teaching and will always be a classroom teacher."
Chaffee, who has taught at the high school since 2006, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2005 and finished his master's degree in American history through UW-Eau Claire in 2010. His wife, Andrea, is a Spanish teacher at River Falls High School, and the two have five children.
"Getting recognition like the AGS fellowship is wonderful, but this career is really about the students. As cliche as it sounds, I really love what I do and really have a wonderful time coming to work and talking to students who will be changing the world we all live in, in amazing ways," Chaffee said.