Alicia Gillean is a PolarTREC teacher, an educator selected to spend time with scientists in the field in northern Alaska. PolarTREC stands for: Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating. In 2013 Alicia worked as part of ‘Team Squirrel’, gaining hands-on experience with Arctic ground squirrel science and then developing educational resources and communicating the science back to the 5th and 6th grade students of Jenks West Intermediate School in Oklahoma. Those resources are freely available online. It’s a great way to get students exposed to more science and thinking about STEM careers. The PolarTREC Arctic Ground Squirrel Studies (2013) project links to journals, photos and videos chronicling Alicia’s experience.