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September 23, 2019

Debra J. Bolton selected as 2019 Kansas Geography Teacher of the Year

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

The Kansas Geographic Alliance announces Debra J. Bolton, director of intercultural learning and academic success in the Department of  Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, has been chosen as the 2019 Kansas Geography Teacher of the Year.

According to the alliance, Bolton has done an outstanding job forwarding the cause of geographic literacy and cultural diversity awareness in Kansas classrooms and the community. Through her research and advocacy efforts, she continues to provide awareness regarding the cultural fabric of Kansas and the underserved.

As a member of the Kansas Geographic Alliance Executive Committee, Bolton has shared a considerable amount of her time and energy in support of Kansas teachers and students. In partnership with the National Geographic Society, she successfully initiated the "Girl Power GIS" program, providing female students of color with exposure to Geographic Information Systems in support of STEM related career paths. Co-hosting the HPPR radio show, "Silver Rails," Bolton has reached out to the community, sharing stories and facts that have increased geography interest throughout Kansas.