Cara Nelson was born and raised in Smithtown, NY, and currently resides in Moriches, NY with her husband, Chris. She attended college at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in History. She received her Masters in Adolescent Education from Dowling College. She is currently a 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher at East Hampton Middle School, in East Hampton, NY, where she also coaches the Girls Soccer, Basketball, and Lacrosse teams.
In her free time, she loves to travel the world. She has visited almost 30 countries, spanning 5 continents, and is looking forward to traveling to all 7 continents during the World Marathon Challenge. She has spent time volunteering and working in countries abroad. She was a 1st Grade Teacher in Arusha, Tanzania, an ESL Teacher to college students in Hanoi, Vietnam, and spent time as a soccer trainer in Bali, Cameroon as part of a coaching exchange with Rush Soccer.
She has been an avid runner and athlete her whole life. She has been running road races with her family since the age of 11, and played on the club ice hockey and soccer teams in college. She continues to play soccer in women’s leagues on Long Island. This past January, she completed her first marathon, running in the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World, finishing a 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon over four consecutive days. She is excited to increase her marathons sevenfold as she embarks on her next athletic achievement; to complete 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents!
While competing in the World Marathon Challenge, Cara is excited to be simultaneously implementing an interdisciplinary virtual classroom with her students! Utilizing Google Apps for Education, she will be posting and blogging continual updates, while students will be tasked with analyzing race data and researching how geography and climate influence the development of culture in each of the seven cities she will be flying to around the world. She is excited to bring this meaningful learning experience to her students while she takes them on this once-in-a-lifetime journey around the world!