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About christine mccartney

I am a teacher, a wife, a proud aunt, a dog rescuer, a person who has been rescued by my rescued dogs, a hiker, a four time (phew!) cancer survivor, a runner, a tattoo addict, a vegetarian, an advocate, a friend and a happy traveller. Enjoy!

A Different Way of Being: Our Visit to Indigenous Village 235

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Exploring Quito

JAYSWAN: “Elise was so excited that it was her birthday!!!! To start off the day, all of us gathered in the dining room to surprise her with flowers and a song.” The ten minute ride up the Teleferico not only … Continue reading

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Pizza Night!

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Gratitude

Despite our hesitations as we loaded fifteen 11th graders onto a bus to LaGuardia on the last day of school, traveling with students has been fulfilling in so many expected and unexpected ways. Being removed from our routines and comforts … Continue reading

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Community Problem Solving: 7 things we learned along the way

We all want our students to be active, engaged citizens, but how do we invite them into issues of equity and civic engagement beyond the walls of the classroom?  As English Language Arts educators who are dedicated to helping our … Continue reading

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A Changed Mindset: The World as our Classroom

This post is pinned…for the newest posts, please scroll down. You can check out this original post on the FLYTE blog  by Jackie Hesse and Christine McCartney As students enter the halls of our school, they are greeted by two … Continue reading

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about the program:

Here is a video we made for USA Today’s A Community Thrives Grant competition.  The video will tell you about our program and if you are so inclined, you can vote for us here.  

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Ten things you didn’t know about Galapagos (or maybe you did…)

#1 Jurassic Park is for real. Scientists in Galapagos believe they can restore a species of tortoises that is extinct.  They will do so by copying DNA from Lonesome George, a Pinta Island tortoise who was the last of his … Continue reading

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Volcan Sierra Negra

When we got to the top of Sierra Negra, the first comment out of Ms. Mac’s mouth was, “I’ve seen what Mars is like…and I don’t love it…” 🙂  It wasn’t so much the amazing and unique scenery at the … Continue reading

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On the road to Isabela

Today we woke up and were out walking before the sunrise, checking out the Pelicans and other indigenous birds.  The sea lions are particularly active in the water during this time, which was fun to watch. We are both very … Continue reading

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