Western Slope Teachers Venture to the West Coast
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The mission of an educator is to prepare students for the world outside the classroom walls.
Eric Brunner, a teacher at Grand Junction High School, said, “A lot of my role models were teachers.”
“What’s your plan, what are you thinking about and how are we going to plan to get you there," said Central High counselor Kerri Spore.
“I deal with a variety of students. I like to say I have the best of the best and the worst of the worst,” said Brunner.
These educators traded in their hall passes for boarding passes, deploying on a trip to the west coast, back to the classroom.
“It will allow me to have better information, be more informed to help my students,” Brunner said.
“What are we going to learn, what are we going to be expected to do, and then of course what to pack, what shoes to bring!” said Spore.
Once off the plane, they’ll be students once again in a world they’ve never seen up close, Marine Corps boot camp.
Brunner said, “Students can go into the workforce, they can go on to college, or the third option is the military."
Like Brunner, many educators don’t know much about what it’s like for students who go into the military, "We’ll never experience what they experience, but to get a small taste of it will be pretty exciting,” he said.
Major Isaac Moore, with Recruiting Station Denver, said, "They help us to tell the Marine Corps story. What we do for them is, like we say in the Marine Corps, we make marines, we win battles and then we return quality citizens to their local community."
For five days the Marine Corps will these educate influencers of the nation, teachers, counselors and public figures.
Major Hardy Robinson, Commanding Officer for Recruiting Station Oklahoma City, said, “The Marine Corps wants people to know what we do, what we stand for, what our beliefs are, what our values are, why we do what we do, and how we do it."
While the educators thought they would be students once again, they soon realized the next five days would test them physically and mentally, to the standards of the United States Marine Corps.
Tune in to NewsChannel 5 on Friday for part two of this special report.