Author: IzoldaT

Solar Eclipse 2017

I couldn’t help it. I had to get to totality. I traveled down to Helen, Georgia and watched the eclipse with my best friend and her daughter. What an awe-inspiring sight.

I didn’t just gawk, though. I took pictures. I hope you enjoy them. And here’s to 2024. I’ll see you on the road between Texas and Maine where another eclipse will inspire us all to learn and marvel at our beautiful planet, moon, and sun.

total solar eclipse image 1
Total Solar Eclipse from Helen, GA, USA. Photo © Izolda Trakhtenberg
solar eclipse just after totality
Solar Eclipse just after totality from Helen, GA, USA. Photo © Izolda Trakhtenberg

To the Educators

To my educator friends and colleagues. Thank you, always, for continuing the work of teaching and guiding those who come after you. 
Together, we will keep on doing it. By hook. By crook. 
I have a feeling that even if the environment changes to one that is no longer conducive to teaching about the Earth that I will still keep doing it (I also have a feeling many people will start volunteering and together we will keep students thinking critically and learning and being curious). I will persist and keep doing the work. 
We will prevail. We must.

Believe there is good in the world
Poster in a Maryland high school

Why I Do What I Do: A Special Message From The Earth Lady

The Answer is simple and threefold.

Every child should be given the opportunity to excel. Each child should be able to learn what some consider to be the toughest subjects in a way that is accessible, effective, and I dare say fun.

Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. As such, they should be given every opportunity to make informed decisions as they take on the reins of leadership and as they help tomorrow’s children thrive.

I love science, I love math, and I love the arts. I believe the best way to teach children is an integrated platform where they can be creative as they learn and therefore learn better. If they have fun while they learn, if they can do their learning hands-on, they will better grasp and be able to apply tricky science concepts.

If we make these concepts and this knowledge accessible and relevant to the students, they will take it and they will run with it. The sky, the stars, and beyond will be their only limit. And I could not hope to provide a greater service than that.