Scheldrup takes a hike

When it comes to comes to a man of many travels, Daniel Scheuldrup fits the profile. Scheldrup, a chemistry teacher who is in his third year of teaching at Central, has already made name for himself.  Over this past summer, Scheldrup was a teacher chaperone for the Earth Science Grand Canyon Trip. Along with this, he also did three other hiking trips. “I went up and saw Mount Rushmore and Devil’s Tower. Then, I drove across Wyoming and saw Yellowstone National Park, and then to the Tetons,” Scheldrup said.

Scheldrup was solo for the majority of these expeditions. “I was a little bit scared, but I was also able to meet a lot of interesting people,” Scheldrup said.

When asked if he had any experiences with creatures of the great outdoors, Scheldrup recalled when he saw a grizzly bear eating a buffalo at Yellow Stone Park. However, this is not the first time he had a run in with a bear. “[The incident] brought back memories of when I saw bear and its cub a few years back hiking. I was a little nervous this time because I was without my bear spray,” said Scheldrup.

This year, Scheldrup was able to combine his two passions, teaching and the outdoors.  “I would say outdoors is one of my passions in addition to teaching, but I would always rather be in the classroom.” Well, now he can do both.  This year, Scheldrup is a sponsor for the Outdoors Club which participates in adventures like rock climbing and hiking. There are no formal meetings for this club. Instead, there are mainly just trips.

When asked about his final thoughts about Central, Scheldrup said, “I love the science department. We have some awesome teachers here that make every day a new and awesome experience.”

However, what he loves most about his classroom is his students and what they also bring to the class.  Each Friday, Scheldrup has “Personal Story” written on his white board and a prepared PowerPoint to show to each of his classes. “My first year at Central, a few of my former students suggested I do Personal Story Friday, which is a way for students to get to know me. I started thinking of stories of things I have done in the past, and it has taken a life of its own.” Let PSFs live on!