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NM teacher to head to North Pole

SANTA TERESA – Science teacher Monica Nuñez made a trip to Antarctica last year and now she is headed to the Arctic Ocean after being selected to participate in the 2019 PolarTREC Fellow program.

Nuñez teaches at Santa Teresa High School in the Gadsden Independent School District.

From December 2017 to January 2018, Nuñez made an Antarctic trip as part of a fellowship from the National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program. According to a statement from the school district, this year, she plans to visit the North Pole region to study environmental factors affecting polar bears, among other research topics.

PolarTREC is a program for K-12 teachers to participate in field research in the polar regions in order to improve their knowledge of polar science and expand the reach of current scientific research beyond the scientific community.

Teachers involved in PolarTREC spend two to six weeks collaborating with scientific research teams, and connecting with students and the public via online media.

PolarTREC is funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by the Arctic Research Consortium.