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Jewell Elementary School teacher Shelley Jacobs can now add flying to her resume. Although she hasn’t exactly piloted an airplane, she has definitely learned a thing or two about what it takes to do so, and she was honored recently for taking that step.

Jacobs was recognized as the first of 18 APS teachers to fly in the Spreading Wings Teacher Flight Program over the summer, which is engineered by the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. The program allows local teachers to go on a flight and, in turn, become ambassadors of the museum for their school. The teachers are able to share information with their school about any upcoming events or new programs, such as the Wings Aerospace Science Program.

Jacobs took flight in the Stearman biplane, and she set the trend for teachers to follow in her footsteps.

“It was one of the most exhilarating tings I have ever done,” Jacobs said. “I felt like a bird in flight.”

Within a few years, the museum plans to fly 250 teachers a year statewide in the Spreading Wings Teacher Flight Program.

“I believe anytime anyone gets an opportunity to do something in the name of education, they should seize the moment and go for it,” Jacobs added.

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