Sylvan Ellefson, Cross-Country Skier and Teacher's Aide
2013 US National Champion
2012 Overall SuperTour Champion
2012 Wolrd Cup Competitor- 10 races
Top-5 (x3) finisher at 2012 National Championships
Ranked 4th in Sprint in US by Federation of International Skiing
Ranked 6th in Distance in US by the Federation of International Skiing
11 Continental Cup Podiums
3-time Academic All-American
2-time Bates College Athlete of the Year
2-time Bates College captain
Bates College, 2009
Sylvan joins In the Arena's roster in his capacity as a standout nordic skier and an avid teacher's aide. His 2012 project finds him volunteering at SummerQuest in July, a Colorado-based program for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students whose home, language and socio-economic circumstances may have diminished their affinity for schoolwork. SummerQuest offers an opportunity for school-based success by engaging students in math and language arts with creative, compelling and even entertaining learning strategies, classroom dynamics and teachers. Sylvan continued by volunteering at his former Charter School in Edwards, CO by speaking about the characteristics that define the school: integrity, growth, and camaraderie and how they relate to cross-country ski racing. He continues to work the rest of the year as a teacher's aide at Red Sandstone Elementary School.
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"I am working at my former elementary school, working as a teacher's aide in 4th grade. Right now I am involved in grading spelling tests, going around and checking on work progress, and assisting in keeping students, who fall behind, ahead. I love working at the school because working in this classroom has really made me realize my love for teaching and at the elementary level. I am the only male in the entire Kindergarten - 5th and it has been mentioned to me many times that I should "seriously consider" joining the school someday."