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2 Scecina teachers receive Lilly Endowment fellowships

Scecina teachers Dee Anne Sinclair (above) and her husband, Paul (below), have received 2018 Teacher Creativity Fellowships from the Lilly Endowment.

 

As a married couple, Scecina teachers Paul and Dee Anne Sinclair have traveled the world together. As educators, they’ve brought back those experiences to enrich the students in their classrooms. 

Now they’re headed off to another adventure. In January, they were awarded their second grant from Lilly Endowment’s Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program, which aims to restore teachers’ love of learning. 

In June, Paul, the artist and photographer, and Dee Anne, the scientist, will travel to the Mount Kilimanjaro region in Kenya and Tanzania for educational and cultural experiences such as visiting local artists, geologists and museums. They also plan to reach the 19,340-foot summit of Africa’s tallest mountain. They each were awarded $12,000 to cover expenses of the trip. 

Now in its 31st year, the Lilly Endowment’s Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program gives teachers, principals, school counselors, and school media specialists and librarians financial support and encouragement to renew their commitment to the education profession. Each fellow receives a $12,000 grant to support a project of personally and professionally fulfilling activities. The Sinclairs are among 100 Indiana educators to receive the award in 2018. 

In their grant proposal, titled “Trekking Upward and Looking Deeper,” the Sinclairs noted how they are life-long learners who “want to take the knowledge and experience gained so far to meet new adventures and open more doors. … (we) want to drink in the culture of Kilimanjaro’s region and learn of the human, environmental and geologic histories which envelope this remarkable expanse.” 

Their 2010 Lilly grant took them to the Pacific Northwest. During that excursion, they had experiences and met people who led them to other adventures: Mount Everest Base Camp and to New Zealand for an educational expedition to volcanic fields. 

The Sinclairs plan to use their own passion to “inspire their students to rise above the constraints of doubts, fears, and social expectations to seek out their own passions and adventures.” 

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