(Shared by Amanda McCue who is heading to Crater Lake with us)
There has been a lot of strain on educators and students the past few years. Whether it be the pandemic, increase in assessments, or the strain on teacher’s time and resources.
In January 2022, I was searching through posts on one of the STEM Facebook groups and had seen a post for the STEAM in the Park applications. As I researched the group’s mission and what this professional learning would entail, not only was I getting excited, but I was feeling a little more hopeful about education. Let’s be honest teacher friends, the past few years have been HARD.
In college, I had the privilege to take a traveling history of the west travel course. I think this is where my passion and spirt for travel and wilderness became a part of me. To see new places and appreciate the natural world.
“We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope,” Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire. So much of myself has been put on hold for just surviving the past few years. I’m ready to escape and thrive again. I’m ready to get lost and learn.
We all need that. I’m ready to connect and grow friendships based on what we grow through and learn together. This is what I’m looking forward to most as I countdown to STEAM in the Park Crater Lake. Through this experience, I want to be able to translate the same excitement and opportunity that the outdoors provides us to my students.