2019 PolarTREC Educator Fellow, this is a new title that I am still getting used to. Many thoughts have gone through my mind as I begin the amazing journey that will take me to the ends of the world. I cannot help the excitement that has reinvigorated my passion for teaching. The Arctic, a place that is wondrously different from the beautiful Chihuahuan desert that I call home. What will be the outcome of this adventure? How will I make the best of this experience personally & professionally?

Alaska, also known as the last frontier. Living in southern New Mexico is vastly different from where I am now. Last week, I was sitting at home in shorts & sandals, enjoying eighty-degree weather. Now, I find myself in Fairbanks, Alaska in winter gear and temperatures in the 30’s. The changes in scenery are astounding. From yuccas to boreal forests, all in the span of a couple of days.

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A moose on the side of the road during meal time.

Being at The International Arctic Research Center has set the perfect stage to begin my Arctic journey. Throughout the week I will be immersed in my expedition training. Many doubts and fears will be settled in my orientation. The experience has started off extremely positive and compelling. I understand my purpose for being here today. After this week, I will begin a new role where I will continue to motivate and inspire that next generation of explorers.

The University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Early morning at 2019 PolarTREC Orientation, Day 2.

PolarTREC Educator Fellow de 2019, este es un nuevo título al que todavía me estoy acostumbrando. Muchos pensamientos pasaron por mi mente al comenzar el asombroso viaje que me llevará a los confines del mundo. No puedo evitar la emoción que ha revitalizado mi pasión por la enseñanza. El Ártico es un lugar que es maravillosamente diferente a el hermoso desierto de Chihuahua al que llamo mi hogar. ¿Cuál será el resultado de esta aventura? ¿Cómo sacar el máximo provecho de esta experiencia en lo personal y profesionalmente?

Alaska, también conocida como la última frontera. Vivir en el sur de Nuevo México es muy diferente de donde estoy ahora. La semana pasada, estaba sentada en casa con pantalones cortos y sandalias, disfrutando del clima de 26 grados centigrados. Ahora me encuentro en Fairbanks, Alaska con ropa de invierno y temperaturas en los -1 grados centigrados. Los cambios en el paisaje son asombrosos. Desde yucas hasta bosques boreales, todo en el lapso de un par de días.

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A moose on the side of the road during meal time.

Estar en el Centro Internacional de Investigación del Ártico ha preparado el escenario perfecto para comenzar mi viaje por el Ártico. A lo largo de la semana estaré inmersa en mi entrenamiento de expedición. Muchas dudas y temores se resolverán en mi orientación. La experiencia ha comenzado extremadamente positiva y convincente. Entiendo mi propósito de estar aquí hoy. Después de esta semana, comenzaré un nuevo rol en el que continuaré motivando e inspirando a la próxima generación de exploradores.

The University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Early morning at 2019 PolarTREC Orientation, Day 2.

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Regina Brinker

Hi, Monica. I'm looking forward to following your expedition. Quite a contrast between desert and tundra. Enjoy the adventure!

Amanda Ruland

From the bottom of the earth, to the top! How amazing! I can't wait to follow your expedition!

Claudia Rodriguez (not verified)

Wow Monica so proud of you and all that you have accomplished. I know that all that knowledge and experience you are acquiring will be shared with all the students that you so care about. Many Blessings in the journey you are embarking. Hello from New Mexico