On the third floor of Montebello Elementary School, is a special, non-traditional classroom, tailored for students with unique needs, called The Odyssey Trail.

An odyssey is defined as an epic journey, and that is exactly what teacher Jen Cancro is embarking on this year with her students. She has transformed her classroom into a trail that goes through the woods, across rough terrain, and up steep mountains.

“Our mission in this class is perseverance. We are all hikers on this trail, overcoming our own obstacles, and climbing our own mountains on our personal odysseys, notes Cancro. “On the Odyssey Trail, we learn how to push ourselves in the face of adversity because the best views come after the hardest climbs.”