Editor's note: The following is a press release from Valley View School District 365U.
When Aileen Mueller teaches her Biology and Physical Science classes at Bolingbrook High School this fall, she will do so with first-hand knowledge of, as she puts it, “what the human spirit can do,” thanks to a trip this summer to Thailand.
The trip, sponsored by Earth Expeditions, included four days in the Khoa Yai National Forest and four more days at Sakuto Monastery where she was immersed in local conservation efforts and observed “the connection between spirituality and nature.”
“To be with Buddhist Monks and to look at how they handle conservation efforts spiritually was fascinating,” said Mueller, who has been a science teacher at BHS for over seven years.
The Thailand adventure, offered through Project Dragonfly at Miami University, where Mueller is pursuing a master’s degree in zoology, helped reinforce Mueller’s philosophy that teaching “is all about inquiry and questioning.”
Mueller will complete her degree in December and continue with her conservation practices within her classroom, with the Environmental Club, and within the community.