Shelton educator to discuss adventure road trip to Alaska: 'Marvel at the wildlife'

Carolyn Ivanoff, a historian and housemaster at Shelton Intermediate School, will give a travel talk on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Easton Public Library community room, 691 Morehouse Road, Easton.

Ivanoff’s presentation from 2-4 p.m. will be on “The Last Great Road Trip: Connecticut to Alaska — An Adventure Lecture.”

The lecture, open to the public, is being presented by the Historical Society of Easton. The event is free but donations will be accepted. Learn more by calling the society at 203-261-2090 or going to

Tour vastness, splendor of the land

Ivanoff will offer a virtual tour of the great North American continent, taking attendees from Connecticut through the vastness and splendor of the land, visiting the national parks of the United States and Canada on the way to the Yukon and Alaska.

“Imagine yourself driving the Alaskan Highway and the Golden Circle,” according to publicity material. “Marvel at the wildlife viewed along the way of the world’s greatest safari, enjoying the history and stories. Perhaps this virtual tour will inspire you as you plan your next adventure.”

Long career in education

During her educational career, Ivanoff has been a teacher, department chairman and administrator. She also has done work in adult education and software training for schools and industry.

In 2003, she was named the Civil War Preservation Trust’s Teacher of the Year. In 2010, she was on a panel of eight teachers who wrote the Civil War Preservation Trust’s national Civil War curriculum.

“Growing up in Shelton, I was always fascinated with the woods and the Native Americans before us,” Ivanoff told “We had one of the greatest amateur archeologists in the Northeast in our town.

“His name was Mr. Dorso, and he always did programs for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in his basement,” she continued. “His collection was awesome [from] all from local digs he had done himself.”

‘Field trips are a great experience’

Ivanoff is a believer in a hands-on approach to teaching. “Hands-on learning is the way to go,” she said, according to her biography. “It helps kids learn and remember things by engaging them. Kids love to go places. Field trips are great experiences.”

She has a bachelor of science degree in business administration and history from Sacred Heart University, as well as a master’s degree in education and a sixth-year degree in school administration.