gt13 - herb thompsonHerb Thompson also known in Nevada as GeoMan to students and teachers alike, has devoted most of his adult life to the study of geography. He attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he earned both a BS in Education and a MEd in Curriculum & Instruction.

Herb is an alumnus of Semester at Sea and traveled around the world on the programs spring 1987 voyage. He taught World Geography to 8th grade students for twenty-three years in the Clark County School District which encompasses the Las Vegas Valley where he has lived for the past thirty-two years. Herb also teaches teachers, and has been the co-coordinator of the Geographic Alliance in Nevada since 1997. Mr. Thompson has visited 65 countries on six continents and is a self described Geo-Evangelist, dedicated to increasing the geographic literacy of all Americans. Herb has helped create materials for Rand McNally and has written lessons for the Giant Traveling Maps from National Geographic.

He’s currently enjoying semi-retirement, but keeps busy with project related to geographic education. Herb visits classrooms often, works in a round of golf on occasion, and enjoys the company and antics of his two cats, Spot & Squeak.

This year GeoTech is hosting the National Geographic Society’s Giant Traveling Map of Asia! National Geographic has worked to create maps of each continent and one of the Pacific Ocean in grand scale in order to have students explore the geography of each of these areas.

Click here for information on Herb’s book, A Geographic View of World History.