SEVERE WX : Winter Weather Advisory View Alerts

Monticello teacher attends space camp

A Monticello high school teacher was given the opportunity of a lifetime this summer.

Posted: Aug 1, 2018 6:33 PM

WHITE CO, Ind (WLFI) -- A Monticello high school teacher was given the opportunity of a lifetime this summer.

Jill Gilford of Twin Lakes High School was able to attend Space Camp in Huntsville Alabama.
Honeywell's Educators at Space Academy brought educators from 35 different countries and 45 states.
The program aims to inspire math and science teachers to continue their education, and also help promote STEM courses in the classrooms.

Out of more than 2,000 applicants, Jill Gilford was one of just 224 educators to attend a camp that's out of this world.
When Jill Gilford received the news of her acceptance, she could hardly contain her excitement.
"I got the email and I was actually here at school and I jumped up and down and immediately was texting all of my space crew friends, my principal, assistant principal, and I said I get to go to space camp," said Gilford.

With activities from sun up to sun down, Gilford saw little sleep over her five days at camp.
"All day we were in training and simulations, learning about new activities and experiments. It was very hands on and by the end of the day we were exhausted," she said.

Programs ranged from space and crash landing simulations, experiencing moon-like gravity, and a variety of experiments. Gilford recalls her time as captain for a space simulation. "I had my pilot to my right and my mission specialist behind me and we have a flight log. We're supposed to be following a procedure. It was completely mind-boggling how many amazing opportunities we were able to have," said Gilford.

Jill hopes the bonds she made with fellow educators will help influence new material for the classroom.
"Working together with a team from several like-minded educators, we can lean on each other and say hey how do you teach this or do you have an activity on this. We are constantly learning from each other and adding new things to our curriculum," said Jill.

She believes the program will bring a new passion for education.
"This summer was very reinvigorating and it helped me help me refuel my passion for being in the classroom and teaching kids about space and the challenges we face," said Gilford.

Gilford went on to say the biggest benefit of the program was learning how to step out of her comfort zone to try new things.

West Lafayette
Broken Clouds
41° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 37°
Kokomo
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 39°
Rensselaer
Overcast
41° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 41°
Fowler
Overcast
41° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 41°
Williamsport
Broken Clouds
41° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 37°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
38° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 38°
Frankfort
Overcast
41° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 41°
Delphi
Overcast
40° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 40°
Monticello
Overcast
40° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 40°
Logansport
Overcast
37° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 37°
Clouds Build Sunday Ahead Of Snow
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 329008

Reported Deaths: 5663
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion44793862
Lake28485466
Allen19005303
Elkhart17828233
St. Joseph17409235
Hamilton13830170
Vanderburgh10166127
Tippecanoe907430
Porter865088
Johnson6866169
Hendricks6516158
Vigo634791
Monroe555550
Clark536278
Madison5335122
Delaware5130103
LaPorte486297
Kosciusko477541
Howard370378
Bartholomew340965
Warrick340173
Floyd332578
Wayne332384
Marshall314946
Cass306331
Grant290350
Hancock279357
Noble267047
Henry259037
Boone258855
Dubois247732
Dearborn233631
Jackson230634
Morgan226443
Gibson198229
Knox195221
Shelby194957
Clinton186822
DeKalb186733
Lawrence186049
Wabash175222
Adams173823
Miami173817
Daviess164945
Fayette155434
Steuben155115
Jasper153613
Montgomery152129
Harrison149924
LaGrange149331
Ripley148019
Whitley144315
Huntington136310
Decatur135643
Putnam133428
White133422
Wells132330
Clay130924
Randolph130321
Jefferson127016
Posey126918
Scott118021
Greene108553
Sullivan104416
Jay103314
Starke96124
Jennings93214
Spencer8998
Fulton87819
Perry86121
Fountain8288
Washington8267
Franklin74027
Carroll72913
Orange71028
Vermillion6777
Owen6528
Tipton61127
Parke6086
Newton57912
Rush5768
Blackford57112
Pike53720
Pulaski43415
Martin3776
Benton3703
Brown3645
Crawford3141
Union2822
Switzerland2705
Warren2583
Ohio2417
Unassigned0269

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events