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.
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.
Early morning at 2019 PolarTREC Orientation, Day 2.