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China Adventure

I'm Going To China!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

My name is Adam Controy and I am a 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 my passport was current.

My role on this trip is the same as the other three teachers. We 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 Chinas 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.


Anonymous said...

Hope you have a great experience while your in China. I cant wait to hear all about it when school starts back up. Have fun!

From, Ben Schmoyer

TechTonya said...

Adam, enjoy your adventure and make sure you blog about every detail.I'll be waiting in NJ to hear all about it. Be safe & take care.

Tonya Wilson, NJ DEN LC

Karen Wells said...

Adam, I was happy to hear your name was drawn to receive the free trip to China. We had already left to go back to Arkansas, but Anson said you were in shock - similar to how I felt when I got the word about South Africa...and I was driving. Enjoy the experience - there is nothing like it!

Mrs. Warren said...

I am so glad I was there to see the look on your face when your name was drawn! I know your trip is going to be fantastic.

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Essential Programs Details

Duration 15 days
When August 1st - 14th, 2009
Focus History/Culture
Martial Arts
Modern/Ancient Architecture