The Center's Coolest Teacher heads to Antarctica, again

Published on: 
12 Mar 2015
Kim Williams

I have now said the phrase, “Yes, it’s true, I’m going back to Antarctica” to so many people so many times, that I’m actually starting to believe it myself. It seems too good to be true, but yes, it is happening!

In less than 24 hours, I will be boarding a plane that will take me to the coldest, driest, most inhospitable place on the planet. And this year, I will be bringing one of my 12-year-old student leaders with me, Aidan. You'll be able to read about our adventures, submit questions for us to answer, or suggest experiments for us to undertake on the Center’s site. We especially want to hear from students!

I am excited to continue the journey that the Center for Green Schools at USGBC started for me in 2012. In 2012, I attended 2041’s Leadership on the Edge International Antarctic Expedition with fellow U.S. teacher Cate Arnold. I cannot sum up the experience in so few words here, (certainly feel free to read our “Coolest Teacher” blog entries from 2012!) but will say that the expedition never ended for me. I continue to network with, collaborate, and share friendships with “2041 Team Inspire,” the international group of people that attended the trip with me. They, along with the Center, continue to support and inspire me so that I can bring curriculum into the classroom that encourages students to be come stewards of our planet and learn what they can do to combat the effects of climate change.

Two of my goals onboard the “Sea Spirit” this year will be to work with polar explorer Robert Swan, O.B.E., on Energy Challenges that we can bring back to students as he recreates his legendary solitary walk to the pole in 2016, and to collaborate with James Bray, the founder of the West Virginia E-base, to figure out how to bring the first West Coast E-Base to my school!

I am so excited to participate in this great adventure once again, and can’t wait to hear the questions from you students; send them in! Let’s do this!

If you would like to contribute to the expense of Kim’s and Aidan’s travel, you can show your support through Kim's fundraising page and Aidan's fundraising page.