WYOMING -- With one hand on the open door, Sagewood Elementary School teacher Amanda Reinhardt hoisted herself into the cockpit of a 2007 Cessna Skylane. Cool and collected, Reinhardt shared the helm with veteran pilot Col. John Mitchell, a wing commander with an Air Force auxiliary called the Civil Air Patrol. Well above 1,000 feet from the dry Casper ground and with the plane’s engine humming happily, Mitchell’s voice crackled into Reinhardt’s headset, telling her to tip the nose of the plane skyward to clear Casper Mountain. Reinhardt eased the controls toward her with both hands, and all she could see was sky. Learn more about Reinhardt’s recent experience, as well as that of other educators participating in CAP’s Teacher Orientation Program.