Eisenhower teachers spend time on vessels
Eisenhower High School Web design teacher Nick Hutchins will never forget the feeling of landing on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan.
"We flew on what they call a C-2 Greyhound plane, where you sit in it backwards, so that when you land on the aircraft carrier you don't get whiplash," he said. "When it catches the cable, you go from like 130 to zero miles per hour in like 10 seconds."
Hutchins and fellow Eisenhower computer teacher Rick Herbert both took part in the Navy's Educator at Sea program earlier this year, which gives teachers and administrators the chance to spend a few days as guests on a Navy vessel.
Herbert went during spring break, while Hutchins went a few weeks later.
"It's really a unique opportunity for educators to see our taxpayer dollars at work. And it's amazing, because it was on an aircraft carrier," Hutchins said.
Hutchins and Herbert were chosen for the exclusive program partly because of their strong relationship with Navy recruiters in Lawton, Hutchins said.
In the six years since he has been teaching at Eisenhower, Hutchins said he has had about 10 students graduate and enlist in the Navy. He had previously been on the waiting list for the program, but finally got his chance to take part this year.