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By Beka Compton
The Times 

Salmon in Schools program says goodbye to educator

The Salmon in Schools education coordinator is ready to stay in the classroom


DAYTON—Andrew Bassler, of Dayton, chose to combine his career and his love of fishing when he took the Education Coordinator position with the Salmon in Schools program. After four years of teaching local students about all-things salmon, he is ready to pass the torch to someone new later this year.

“I didn’t really know much when I started,” the avid fly fisherman said. “It was as much a learning opportunity for me as it was for the kids.”

Bassler said that serving as the Education Coordinator inspired him to become a full-time school teacher, which is the only reason he is lea...

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