HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (Times Free Press) -- Public Education Foundation is awarding fellowship grants to 31 Hamilton County educators, totaling $98,000, to pursue self-designed learning adventures this summer, according to a news release.

Many of the winners are teams of teachers from multiple schools across Hamilton County. Among the proposals:

• Vinnie Taneja of Clifton Hills Elementary and Elisabeth Zachau of Apison Elementary will enroll in Spanish classes at the Centre Panamerican de Idiomas language school in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and experience the region's flora and fauna to understand the native culture of the school's majority population and build bridges between students' prior knowledge and the current curricula.

• Ann-Marie Blentlinger and Karen West of CSLA, in collaboration with International Volunteer Headquarters, will teach English in a Nairobi school for two weeks to deepen two grade-level units on Africa and underscore the responsibility to help others in need.

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