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The Poudre River this morning (image by Jill Salahub)

The Poudre River (image by Jill Salahub)

  • On October 28th, Tim Amidon, Elizabeth Williams (Communication Studies), Kim Henry (Psychology), and Tiffany Lipsey (Health and Exercise Science) partnered with the Poudre Fire Authority to host a symposium on the intersections of work, knowledge, and safety in the fireservice. Over 70 fireservice leaders from as far away as Oakland, CA and Ontario, Canada participated in interactive, stakeholder conversations designed to help researchers and participants identify the types of human factors that impact firefighter occupational safety and health outcomes. Breakout sessions included discussions on wearable technologies and next generation PPE, post-traumatic stress, the impact of chronic stress, sleep deprivation, and diet on decision making and cognition, how blue-collar traditions and working class identity impact how firefighters value the types of labor they perform, and how the challenges of certifying skills and building learning organizations through training and education programs. The event was sponsored by PFA and Pre-Catalyst for Innovative Partnerships seed funding awarded to the research team by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Tim would also personally thank our student intern Tiffany Lingo and administrative gurus Sheila Dargon and Lilian Nugent for their support!
  • Dan Beachy-Quick has an interview up on the Kenyon Review’s website with: http://www.kenyonreview.org/conversation/dan-beachy-quick/ and a group of linked essays at EuropeNow: http://www.europenowjournal.org/2016/11/30/sunlight-and-arrows-five-invocations-for-the-silent-muse/
  • John Calderazzo will be presenting a talk on “Climate Change and Quechua Ritual” at the Sacred Landscapes and Mountains conference at the China India Institute in New York City.  The talk is based on a trip he took to a glacier-fed basin in the Peruvian Andes. John will also be the judge for the 2017 Eugene V. Shea National Poetry Contest.
  • Sue Doe and Lisa Langstraat’s essay “Faculty Development Workshops with Student Vet Participants: Seizing the Induction Possibilities” will shortly appear in Reflections: Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning (Volume 16, Issue 2).
  • On November 18, just prior to the start of Fall Break, CO130 faculty welcomed around 75 international students to a Harvest Meal in the Whitaker Room.  It was crazy fun in there, particularly as faculty watered down the soup to make it stretch to meet the larger-than-expected crowd and as Cassie Eddington’s kimchi was pronounced “Superb!” by a Korean student. This event was the brainchild of Karen Montgomery Moore and was assisted by Cassie Eddington, Virginia Chaffee, Kristie Yelinek, Hannah Caballero, Leslie Davis, Sheila Dargon, and Sue Doe.  Thanks go to our Chair, Louann Reid, for her support for this very special and timely event. Thanks also to the front office staff who participated and strongly communicated the department’s support for the diverse students of CO130! Thanks as well to our amazing Eddy custodial staff who not only helped bring food from our cars to the third floor but stuck around late to help clean up the mess!
  • On Saturday, October 15th, the Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS) hosted its 47th Annual Regional Conference at Metro State University in Denver.  This year’s theme was “For the Love of Teaching: Reclaiming the Classroom.”  CLAS presented CSU’s English Professor Emeritus William McBride with the Legacy Award.  English Education graduate student Jenna (Franklin) Martin shared her presentation, titled “Intercultural Sensitivity in the Middle School Language Arts Classroom.”  Dr. Pam Coke gave a presentation with Cheryl Kula, a fourth grade teacher at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Loveland, titled “Hard to Learn, Hard to Teach: Using Problem-Based Strategies in the Classroom.”  A good conference was had by all.
  • On Saturday, November 12th, CSU welcomed high school seniors from around the country to campus to take part in Senior Scholarship Day. English department colleagues led students through a writing workshop, followed by a timed writing competition.  CSU Admissions offered scholarships to the top writers. Our English department team included Tony Becker, Doug Cloud, Pam Coke, Ashley Davies, Katie Hoffman, Tobi Jacobi, Sarah Pieplow, Jeremy Proctor, Catherine Ratliff, and fearless leader Ed Lessor. Thank you, team, for your hard work!
  • On Saturday, November 19th, Dr. Pam Coke presented her research at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Atlanta.  Her session, titled “Performing Adolescence on the Page and in the Classroom: Using Adolescents’ Literature to Advocate for Students’ Mental Health,” She helped participants examine critical questions for educators, including: Is it ethical to teach a text that I know can trigger forms of PTSD for students?  Is it irresponsible to avoid such issues in the classroom?  If and when I do teach these texts (and I believe it is irresponsible to omit controversial texts from our classrooms), what can I do to best advocate for the mental health and well-being of the students? The presentation sparked valuable conversation among attendees.
  • Debby Thompson’s essay “Canine Cardiology,” published earlier this year in The Bellevue Literary Review, has been nominated for a Pushcart prize.

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SpeakOut!

We have three SpeakOut Journal Launch events during finals week. We will be celebrating the publication of our Fall 2016 issue of the SpeakOut Journal with a reading by our participants and refreshments. Please contact Tobi Jacobi (tjacobi@colostate.edu) if you would like to attend the readings at the jail or community corrections. We’d love to see you there!

SpeakOut! Youth Groups: Monday, December 12 from 6:45 to 8:15pm at Wolverine Letterpress and Publick House

SpeakOut! @ Community Corrections and Work Release: Wednesday, December 14 from 7:30 to 8:30pm at LCJ Administration Building

SpeakOut! Men & Women’s Groups @ Larimer County Jail: Thursday, December 15 from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Larimer County Jail.

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Greyrock Review: Get your work published!

Fiction: 5,000 word limit, format should be double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman or Galibri fonts. Two pieces of your best work may be submitted.

Nonfiction: 5,000 word limit, format should be double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman or Calibri fonts. Two pieces of your best work may be submitted.

Poetry: Up to 5 poems may be submitted, each poem should be placed on a separate page in a single document. If poems have a visual formatting component, please use Adobe PDF files. Otherwise, Word (.doc files) are preferred.

Visual Arts: Any visual art form is accepted, excluding video. Please photography your work and submit digitally. 300 dpi and CMYK colored .TIFF file is preferred.

For more information please visit http://greyrockreview.colostate.edu or email Baleigh Greene at bmgreene@rams.colostate.edu

Submissions accepted from October 3, 2016 – December 16, 2016

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This summer CSU faculty member Kristie Yelinek is teaching a composition class at the Forestry University of Vietnam in the city of Xuan Mai. She has been recording her experiences teaching and traveling around Vietnam in a blog, “Teaching and Other Adventures: Vietnam.”  The following is an excerpt from her blog about her last day teaching.

After teaching, Kristie will be traveling to Cambodia and Thailand. Make sure to continue following her personal blog to hear about her experiences there!


 

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Kristie with some of her students on her last day teaching in Vietnam.

 

Yesterday (Friday June 10th) was my last day at VFU. I left a little bit after lunch and had a university car to the hotel in Hanoi (yes, the same one). Because it was my last day, the university had a car take me in rather than me having to take a bus, which was really nice since I had two backpacks with me.

The last day of teaching went well and was about as I expected-mostly exciting (for me) and a little sad. Teaching has been rough, but I have had some great students. Three of them road into Hanoi with me (one of the girls said she thought I might be afraid to go by myself because she would be). It was nice to have company, but then it was nice to get into the hotel room and close the door. And grade. They turned in their last assignment to me in class yesterday so I spent all afternoon and evening and a little bit of this morning grading, but I got everything done so I can simply relax for the next three weeks.

People in Vietnam take gifts seriously and since yesterday was my last day, I got quite a few. As I was getting ready to leave the second class, there was quite a bit of conversation and the class monitor asked me to wait for a minute. Then he told me that they (as a class) wanted to get me a present, but they had just decided what it would be and now they had to figure out where to get it. Then he asked me what my schedule was for the rest of the day. When I said I was leaving shortly after lunch, the discussion got serious. Also, when I told him I wanted to run to the market, he asked if he could take me and maybe do some other business while we were there. I said sure!

It turns out that my present from the class was a beautiful tailor-made traditional Vietnamese dress. When we went to the market, we met up  with three of my other students and went to a tailor’s shop where they let me pick out the fabric and had me measured. A remarkable three hours later (about 15 minutes before I had to leave), they (and a few other students) showed up at the guest house with the dress. It’s beautiful and I am truly touched by their gift. I really don’t have the words.

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Kristie wearing the dress her students got as her goodbye gift.


This experiences has been frustrating at times, but also rewarding at times and now that I’m not in the frustration any more, I hope I can focus more on the rewarding aspects of my time teaching. But, now it’s off to Cambodia and Thailand!


 

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This summer CSU faculty member Kristie Yelinek is teaching a composition class at the Vietnamese Forestry University (VFU) in the city of Xuan Mai. She has been recording her experiences teaching and traveling around Vietnam in a blog, “Teaching and Other Adventures: Vietnam.” 

When Kristie first arrived at the Vietnamese Forestry University (VFU), she was asked to teach an additional class for students who could voluntarily join. Here is an excerpt from her blog about her last day teaching this class:


 

 Kristie with students

For our last class, we did some grammar work on parallel sentence structure, as well as some fun work with mood. Then, we took some pictures and they invited me to join them for drinks in the evening. After class, one of the students walked to the pharmacy next to the university with me and helped me buy more gauze for the burn on my leg (an exhaust pipe burn from a motorbike). It’s amazing to me how well my students take care of me. I know part of it is the respect they have for teachers and native English speakers in general, but I’d also like to think it’s because they just plain like me 🙂

Then, after dinner, one of the students picked me up on his motorbike and I joined them for fruit smoothies and iced coffee. I was truly touched by time we spent together tonight. Nine of them showed up and they were all very thoughtful about speaking English most of the time (as it got closer to time to leave and they were getting tired, they spoke more Vietnamese, but not much). They asked a lot of questions about me and my life and told me a lot about their plans for the future and where they were from. They all told me how much they had enjoyed the class with me and they wished that I could come back to teach them again next year.

I have to admit that I also really enjoyed teaching this class. Obviously the group was self-selecting in that they didn’t have to take the class and were taking time out of their busy class schedules (six total) to take an extra class. They were motivated to work and in the end the 9-10 most dedicated were the ones who stuck it out for the seven weeks. We were able to have a bit of fun in class and I really enjoyed not having to give them a grade! I gave feedback on writing they turned in, but I could reward each student for what they did well through my comments and could do the same for the areas they needed to improve without having to put a value on their work.

Two of the students gave me small gifts, which I truly appreciated. In Vietnam, giving gifts is a huge deal and a sign of appreciation. Teaching students like this and being able to interact with them on more of a personal level is definitely one of the biggest reasons I teach (and why I want to teach English and international students). With all of the frustration that has come from teaching here, this class, these students, and the experience tonight is already a huge bright spot in my time at VFU.

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A little gecko helping Kristie to grade papers 🙂

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This summer CSU faculty member Kristie Yelinek is teaching a composition class at the Forestry University of Vietnam in the city of Xuan Mai. She has been recording her experiences teaching and traveling around Vietnam in a blog, “Teaching and Other Adventures: Vietnam.”  The following is an excerpt from her blog that explains some of the adventures she has been having with her students.


 

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Kristie (in the middle) with some of her students

On Thursday (May 19th) my students took me on another adventure to visit some sights close to Xuan Mai. We started bright and early, 7 am, so that we could try to miss the heat of the day when driving on motor bikes. There were 16 of us, two to a motor bike, and along the way, the student I was riding with asked if I wanted to drive the bike for a little bit. The road was fairly empty, so I gave it a shot. It was pretty fun, although I was happy to turn the driving over to him when we got close to a busy and confusing street market.

Our first stop was the Hoa Binh (pronounced “Hwah Bing”) hydroelectric dam, about an hour’s drive away. The dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in Vietnam, as well as South East Asia and my students said this is where our power in Xuan Mai comes from. We seemed to be the only ones there, although my students said that typically the dam has a lot of tourists visiting it and for it to be so empty was rare.

Hoa Binh (pronounced “Hwah Bing”) hydroelectric dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in Vietnam

Hoa Binh (pronounced “Hwah Bing”) hydroelectric dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in Vietnam

From the dam, we headed up a small hill to visit a statue of Ho Chi Minh. On the way there, the student who I was riding with was pulled over by the police (we passed through a tunnel and his headlight wasn’t working). When we stopped, we both got off the bike and the officers started to talk to the student. One of them glanced in my direction, looked surprised and said, “Oh! Hello!” And again, this was the end of our shared language. He gestured to me to move to the side, so I did, but he kept waving his hand at me to go further until I was in a teeny, tiny piece of shade. He pointed at the sun, pointed at me in the shade, and smiled. Communication accomplished! Whether it was the fact that I was with him or his own sweet-talking, the student got off without a ticket and we continued on to the statue.

The statue of Ho Chi Minh was constructed at about the same time as the dam and is rather impressive at about 60 feet tall. You can see it as you approach the dam. Once at the statue, you have a good view of the city of Hoa Binh and the river flowing from the dam. At the statue, you can buy flowers and incense to leave to pay your respects to Ho Chi Minh, or “Uncle Ho,” as the Vietnamese refer to him. I don’t know a lot about Ho Chi Minh, although I am learning more every day, but he is still a constant presence in the life of all Vietnamese. It’s difficult to travel anywhere in Vietnam without seeing statues, posters, pictures, and more with his face.

Kristie and some of her students at the base of the Ho Chi Minh statue

Kristie (2nd from the right) and some of her students at the base of the Ho Chi Minh statue

After the statue, we continued on to the Muong village of Giang Mo (not to be confused with the H’mong of Sa Pa, a different ethnic group. Vietnam is home to over 40 ethnic groups). Here, we planned to rest for a little while to get out of the heat of the day and have lunch. Most Vietnamese rest between 11:30 and 1:30 every day (give or take on either side) because of the heat. In Giang Mo, many people still live in traditional houses on stilts (so that they can house their cattle, buffalo, chickens, pigs, etc. under the house). Their houses are very simple without much furniture. Looking into the houses, you can see open rooms-maybe two or three total, with a hearth for a fire and then mats to sit on. Some had a cupboard for storage, but that was the only actual furniture I saw in the houses. The first house had a cat that made friends with my students and was quite excited for attention. So much so, that she let the students put a (small) basket on her head.  We all thought she looked quite regal. She did, however, protest to the student who tried to put a banana peel on her head. But, then, this student is a “young buffalo” and likes to push the envelope just a little bit every time.

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At lunch, we sat in two circles on mats with the food laid out on banana leaves—chicken, pork, green leaf veggies, and bamboo. I initially somehow wound up in the circle with the men along with one of my female students, but one of the Muong men told her that she had to join the other group with the girls (he said nothing to me). That left me alone with the circle of all men, but one of my (female) students leaned over and said that unless I wanted to drink a lot of rice wine, I should join the girls. I quickly changed groups. The meal was delicious and once we had finished some of my students made traditional green tea for after the meal. The girls were finished long before the guys, who continued to eat and drink rice wine with the Muong men in their circle. A few of the guys had a little too much rice wine, so we had another hour or so rest so they could recover (at least a little). When it was determined that there were enough sober drivers to continue, we headed to our next destination, Dragon Head (Dau Rong) Mountain with an extensive cave system.

We explored three of the four caves that were open to visit. All of them were well-lighted and had a ton of steps to climb up or down into them. Between the second and third cave, we stopped for a snack of watermelon. After our quick snack, some students declared that they were too tired to continue, but about half of them had enough energy to visit one more cave, so I joined them.

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Once we finished walking through the third cave, it was starting to get dark, so we started the almost two-hour trip back to Xuan Mai. After spending a good amount of time on a motor bike on Thursday, I can say that they are convenient, but not the most comfortable thing to ride. Once back at the university, we all commented on which part(s) of our bodies had lost all feeling along the way!

 


Although this video was taken on a different day (in Hanoi), it gives you an idea of how crazy traffic can be in Vietnam with all the motorbikes:

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This summer CSU faculty member Kristie Yelinek is teaching a composition class at the Forestry University of Vietnam in the city of Xuan Mai. She has been recording her experiences teaching and traveling around Vietnam in a blog, “Teaching and Other Adventures: Vietnam.”  The following is an excerpt from her blog that explains some of the adventures she has been having with her students.


 

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Kristie Yelinek at Tram Ton Pass in Vietnam with Roger, “the bearded man.”


This past Sunday (May 8th), 15 of my students took me to Ba Vi National Park, which is a national park about 34 km (about 21 miles) northwest of Xuan Mai, or about an hour’s drive by motor bike. My students said they would take care of everything, all I needed to do was meet them at the front gate of the university at 9:00 am. So, at 9:00 am, I was at the front gate…but there were no students to be found. About 5 minutes later, two of them showed up on a motorbike with food and water for the trip. About 5 minutes after that, two more students showed up. As I’m starting to learn, Vietnamese time is “elastic”: 9:00 doesn’t necessarily mean 9:00. All in all, it took about 35-40 minutes for them to organize themselves before we were ready to go. There was some discussion as to who would have “teacher” ride on the back of their motor bike, but that had been pre-arranged and the student was not willing to trade his job with anyone else.

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Getting ready to ride to Ba Vi National Park.

So, off we went! And then we stopped so someone could pick up some soda along the way. Then, we continued on our way. And then we stopped so someone could get something else. And then we stopped again because someone took a wrong turn and was lost (there were 16 of us on 8 motor bikes). All in all, I think we made 5-6 stops along the way and it took us a little over two hours to get there. But, then we were at Ba Vi. We stopped, paid the entrance fee, and soon started to drive our way up the mountain. I could immediately feel it start to get cooler and we were soon in and out of thick and thin fog.

The drive up the mountain.

The drive up the mountain.

Our stop for lunch was amid some ruins left over from the French colonial period. We wandered around for a bit, took some pictures, and then everyone decided they were hungry. My students built a fire, put pork on skewers, popped an entire chicken on a branch (head and all), plus all of the internal organs (and feet!) on a grill, and placed everything over the fire. While some students were doing that, other students were cutting up fruit and placing it on banana leaves that they had gathered from the forest. It was all very impressive to watch!

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Ruins from the French Colonial Period.

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More ruins from the French Colonial Period

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Preparing lunch with students. Yum!

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More food prep.

After lunch, we headed further up the mountain to climb the 1,000+ steps to Ho Chi Minh’s Temple. This might have been my favorite part of the entire day because we got to see out into the valley below (when the clouds and fog allowed) and it was the closest we did to any kind of hiking that day. My students, however, were not quite as excited about it and many of them had to stop to rest along the way. A lot of them kept saying “teacher, you are so strong” because I just kept going a lot of the time. I guess all the running up the mini-mountain at the university is paying off! At the top, most of the students stopped to rest for a few minutes and soon broke out into song to recover from the strenuous climb.

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The climb up to Ho Chi Minh’s Temple. 1,000 steps!

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Singing and recovering with students.

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The view from the top.

The view from the top was beautiful and I took a few minutes to visit the temple. After that, it was time to head back to Xuan Mai so that students could finish homework and get ready for classes on Monday. On the way back, we stopped for some refreshing (but too sweet for me) sugar can juice.

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Sugar cane juice.

Stay tuned for more updates from Kristie’s time in Vietnam!

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Kristie Yelinek at Tram Ton Pass in Vietnam with Roger, “the bearded man.”

In a recent English department blog post, (What Faculty Members Really Do Over Summer Break: Kristie Yelinek), Composition Instructor Kristie Yelinek said “The great thing about teaching is having time in the summer to be able to pursue passions that I have in addition to my passion for teaching.” At the beginning of this summer, Kristie is teaching, but she’s doing so in Vietnam. She’s keeping a blog while she’s there, Teaching and Other Adventures: Vietnam — “I mostly created it for my family, so much of it is travel related, but I do have some teaching information in there as well,” and agreed to answer some questions for us about her trip when she first arrived.

How did you prepare for your trip to Vietnam?

Before I left, I talked with two other CSU professors who had done the same teaching exchange that I am now (teaching a version of the class they teach at CSU at VFU). They were able to give me a lot of advice about student language level, living in Xuan Mai, and traveling in Vietnam. I also modified a lot of my lesson plans before I left, but I’m finding I need to do even more modification now that I’m here.

How does teaching in Vietnam compare to teaching at CSU?

I’m not sure I can make a comparison; they are such different contexts. Students are excited to work with a native speaker of English and seem enthusiastic, but for some of them, their level of English is a lot lower than international students at CSU so I’m not always sure how much they’re actually getting out of the class.

What do you miss about Colorado?

At this point, I’m not sure I’ve been gone long enough to really miss anything, but I’d take the cooler weather for running. At 5:30 in the morning when I go for my runs here, it’s already in the 80s and humid.

What surprises you about Vietnam?

So far, I’d have to say the traffic. It’s kind of controlled chaos with motor bikes, cars, and trucks. One person I talked to described it as “aggressive defensive driving” and I definitely think that fits. To me, there don’t seem to be many rules (sometimes you’ll see people going the wrong way down the road and this doesn’t seem to bother anyone else), but it all seems to work.

What do you enjoy most about your work as a teacher?

Most of my work as a teacher has been in teaching ESL, so I really enjoy the opportunity to meet and work with students from different countries. Most students who are learning and studying English are motivated and eager to learn, which makes teaching incredibly rewarding.

What brought you to CSU?

I came to CSU for my Master’s in English, specifically in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language. As someone coming from the sciences (a B.A. and M.S. in geology), I liked the program’s focus on research and was given the opportunity to teach while I was in the program as well. I’m glad I’ve been able to stay and continue teaching.

What are your goals for your time in Vietnam?

On a professional level, one of the goals I have while I’m in Vietnam is to provide students and professors with what may be a different way of teaching. Much of their class time is lecture and I include a lot of group work and class discussions to get students engaged with the material we cover in class. One of the instructors in the university, who has been observing some of my classes, has already commented on how much more involved some of the students are in my class compared with other classes.

On a personal level, I’d like to travel in Vietnam and also plan to run a half marathon in June, after I finish teaching.

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Faculty member Kristie Yelinek, who teaches CO130, CO150, and international sections of CO150, has spent her summer preparing to run a marathon, hiking fourteeners, volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, and dreaming about building a tiny house. Life is anything but boring for Kristie!

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What was your most memorable adventure this summer and why?

Running my first half marathon was pretty memorable, for two reasons. First, I was finally able to reach my goal of running a half, which has been a goal of mine for a few years, but I haven’t been able to train because of an injury. Finally, being injury free and running the race felt really good. Also, three of my friends came to the race, so I had a pretty big cheering section at the end when I finished.

How long have you been preparing to run a half marathon (and are you preparing for a full marathon)?

Running the half marathon was actually part of my training plan for the full marathon I’m planning to run in October: the Blue Sky Trail Marathon. The half fell on a day that my training plan called for a 13 mile run, so I figured I’d combine my training for the full marathon with my goal of also finishing a half marathon at the same time. I’ve been slowly building up mileage since April so I don’t re-injury my calf. I don’t run every day, usually four times a week, with one day for cross training (usually biking or hiking-sometimes a hike up a 14er!) and then two days off. The half went really well and I felt good at the end of it. I’d like to focus on building up mileage this year and then start working on speed next year.

What compelled you to hike three fourteeners this summer? What were those experiences like? 

I’ve always really enjoyed hiking and starting to hike 14ers just seemed like a fun new challenge. I enjoy seeing what I’m physically capable of and adding the challenge of hiking 14ers seemed like a good next step in my love of hiking. I hiked Mt. Elbert first and it was definitely a bit humbling. I’m used to just kind of bounding up the side of the mountain and at that elevation I definitely needed to stop a few times and catch my breath. The view from the summit, however, was amazing. We went on a clear day so we could see a lot of the mountains surrounding Mt. Elbert. Grays and Torreys were also challenging, but I knew more of what to expect and better how to pace myself. I’m hoping to hike at least two more this summer/early fall.

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On top of Mt. Elbert!

What inspired you to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity? What was that experience like? 

I’ve always thought that it’d be interesting to see how a house is built, especially since I’m considering building my own tiny house on wheels. The experience with Habitat is completely different from anything I’ve done before. The first day I volunteered, we put up most of the exterior walls of the first floor of the house they’re building and it was really exciting to be able to look at it at the end of the day and know that I helped build it. Everyone at the build site is friendly and helpful. I joined through a program called “Women Build,” which caters especially to women and made it less intimidating.


“The great thing about teaching is having time in the summer to be able to pursue passions that I have in addition to my passion for teaching.”


 

Have you been doing any more planning for your tiny house?

Since tiny houses on wheels aren’t legal permanent residences (yet!), it’s really just a dream at this point. I’ve heard a number of horror stories of people who have built and are living in their tiny house, only to have to leave it because of zoning laws. Tiny houses are new and most cities aren’t sure what to do about them yet. I think they’re a great way to leave a smaller environmental footprint since they tend to use less energy and many are off grid. I’m excited to see what kind of changes the Tiny House Movement might make to the way we envision our living space.

I’ve gone to a couple home shows in Denver that have had tiny houses on display, so I’ve gotten the chance to tour some show homes. They get really creative in the way they use the space!

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At the Denver Home Show

On top of all your adventures, you went to the AP Grading Conference in Kansas City and have been doing online scoring as well. How do you manage all this? 

It hasn’t been a boring summer, that’s for sure! The great thing about teaching is having time in the summer to be able to pursue passions that I have in addition to my passion for teaching. It’s just been a matter of planning and making sure I have time to do everything.

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