Tibbie Leslie Travel Grants

Recent Grant Awards

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The Governing Committee of the Licking County Foundation recently approved $9,900 in Tibbie Leslie Travel Grants for travel across Europe, Martinique and Guadeloupe by five area educators.  These grants were awarded to teachers who plan foreign travel to broaden their experience and knowledge in their particular field of interest.  They were also selected for their commitment to bringing the world back to their classrooms in the true spirit of the award’s donor, Tibbie Leslie—a Newark native who traveled the world throughout her 30-year teaching career.  Since 1999, the Tibbie Leslie Fund has provided over $170,000 in travel grants to 87 area educators.  This year’s grant recipients are:


Ken Fehrman

School District:  C-TEC

School: C-TEC High School

Courses Being Taught:  English 11 and English 12

Primary Travel Destination: Sweden, Norway, Germany, and the Netherlands

Classroom Benefit: As an English teacher, Mr. Fehrman emphasizes the students' abilities to be open to new ideas and experiences and to be mindful of their perspectives with reading, or dealing with anyone's ideas. Sometimes those experiences are only in a book, are dealing with other people, or they are out in the world. He has never been out of the country and looks for this experience to enrich his life, help provide him with a broadening perspective of the world, and to expand his perception of students' lives and experiences. Living within another's culture, no matter how brief a time, will allow Mr. Fehrman to experience the culture from a holistic perspective; physically, mentally and emotionally, which will expand his ability to bring this culture back into the classroom and provide a depth to his teaching that has not been present before.


Leigh Anne Fickes

School District:  Licking Valley Local

School: Licking Valley Middle School

Courses Being Taught:  8th Grade Earth Science

Primary Travel Destination: Iceland

Classroom Benefit: The most obvious connection for an Iceland trip to Ms. Fickes’s teaching is plate tectonics and the volcanic segment of the rock cycle.  Another important piece is environmental science as it relates to energy resources and the connection to global warming.  Many of her students have not traveled out of Ohio.  Ms. Fickes intends to add a level of engagement to the classroom for students by sharing her personal stories; and she also hopes it creates a spark for students to travel as adults, because she believes there is no replacement for being somewhere in-person.


Ann Hinkle

School District:  Newark City Schools

School: Wilson Middle School

Courses Being Taught:  7th Grade Social Studies

Primary Travel Destination: Scotland

Classroom Benefit: As a teacher of Ancient European Civilizations who has never traveled to Europe, this trip will impact Ms. Hinkle’s teaching from the start of the school year until the very end.  She will be able to answer students’ questions with first-hand accounts of the subject matter and have personal pictures and artifacts for them to physically hold. Additionally, being able to stay at the home of a real lifelong resident of Scotland is the most amazing part of the journey to bring back to her students.


Jane Ludwig

School District:  Granville Exempted Village Schools

School: Granville Elementary School

Courses Being Taught:  3rd Grade Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies and Global Education; Global Education Chairperson/Advisor for GES; Global Education District Liaison

Primary Travel Destination: Italy, Switzerland, and Spain

Classroom Benefit:  During her travels, Ms. Ludwig will have multiple opportunities to observe foreign schools and teachers.  Additionally, museum visits, city tours, and seeing sights within her various destinations, learning new languages, trying new foods and experiencing a different way of life will give her first-hand experiences to share with her students upon her return.  As the Global Education Chairperson/Director for her school, Ms. Ludwig will have these added resources and experiences to share with staff and the district to encourage global education as an integrated part of the curriculum.  


Yvonne-Marie Mokam

School: Denison University

Courses Being Taught:  Language, Culture, and Literature courses

Primary Travel Destination: Fort-de-France (Martinique) and Pointe-a- Pitre (Guadeloupe)

Classroom Benefit:  As a French professor, Ms. Mokam’s area of expertise is mostly Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa. This trip would allow her to broaden her understanding of the French influence from the perspective of slavery in the Caribbean.  She plans to create a new course on the question of francophone identity; of particular interest will be to explore what it means to be French for Black Caribbeans.

Leigh Anna Fickes smiles after receiving her Tibbie Leslie Travel award.

Jane Ludwig receives her award.

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