I'm Going to China!

He was part of the Pennsylvania group that went to the DEN National Institute from July 13-17 at the Headlands Institute just north of San Francisco in the beautiful Golden Gate National Recreation Area. At the end of the Institute, Discovery Education raffled off a trip to China. Our man from PA, Adam Controy, was the lucky winner. Here, in his own words, is his reaction to his great fortune.

Guest Blogger: Adam Controy

My name is Adam Controy and I am fifth grade teacher at Bridge Valley Elementary School in the Central Bucks School District in Pennsylvania. I have attended that last two National Institutes and have been a DEN STAR for two years. I just found out a week ago that I am going to China. Here is my story.

A day before the DEN National Institute in San Francisco was coming to a close, Discovery Student Adventures announced they were going to randomly take another STAR on their trip to China. All I had to do was fill out an information card and cross my fingers. I did both! Anson Lee, Senior Director at Discovery Student Adventures, pulled my name out of hat the next morning. It was announced that I would attended the China Adventure with three other STARs and their students. You could tell from the look on my face that I was in a state of shock. However, with a little bit of encouragement, I was still able to do a “happy dance.” The turnaround was quick. Within a week’s time, I needed to apply for my visa, complete an immense amount of paperwork, cancel and reschedule a few workshops, and move up my daughter’s birthday party. Thank goodness I already had my passport.

My role on this trip is the same as the other three teachers. I will be working with their students to create a unique experience to take learning from the classroom into the real world. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to learn and explore China’s culture and traditions. I am fortunate enough to have been in the right place at the right time while attending the Discovery Educator’s National Institute in San Francisco. I am very grateful for this opportunity and know that it will have a major impact on my life.

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  1. Heather Sullivan said:

    I am SOOO excited to have you join our amazing adventure! Your winning this opportunity is another example of how the Discovery Educator Network is a lightening rod for authentic learning 🙂

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