Author: Jane Holmes (68 posts)


Flashback Photos – Andread “Finney” Aufder Heyde – the original Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, 1999

Leaving the 1999 Musher Banquet I had the pleasure of meeting and having a picture taken with Joe Redington, Sr. and his lovely wife, Violet. It was a total surprise and is a treasured photo I am so fortunate to have. What a way to begin my trail adventure many years ago! I had such …

Get Your Immunizations For the 2022 – 2023 School Year

Izzy from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services joined the Iditarod at the Ceremonial Start in Anchorage.  Now it is time to get ready for school in the fall!     Click on the image to enlarge it.

Flashback Photo – Jane Holmes, 2008 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

This picture of Louis Nelson, Sr. in Unalakleet in 2008 is one of my favorites.  He is an elder, born and raised in Kotzebue, living a largely subsistence lifestyle.  The Iditarod was started to preserve the sled dog culture and Alaskan huskies. The use of dogs was an integral part of Alaskan native lives. For …

Flashback Photo – Cathy Walters, 2009 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about my Iditarod experience was realizing the magnitude of women’s contributions to the sport. Seldom in professional sports do men and women compete together, vying in the same arena, against the same elements, for the exact same prizes. However, from Libby Riddles’ victory in 1985, to Susan Butcher’s four victories, …

The Determination of Togo

Leaping Libby here, the puppy who dreams of being a real sled dog someday.   Now that the snow is flying, it’s getting more serious around here. The team gets howling when it’s time to hook up to the sleds. They focus on pulling-pulling-pulling.  They slam into their harnesses, trying to get the sled to go …

2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Announced

The Iditarod Education Department is pleased to announce our 2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Julianne Westrich.  Juli is the Iditarod’s 24th Teacher on the Trail, a title earned through a rigorous application and selection process.  Based on her written application, she was selected as one of 3 finalists that were invited to Alaska to …

2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Announced

The Iditarod Education Department is pleased to announce our 2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Julianne Westrich.  Juli is the Iditarod’s 24th Teacher on the Trail, a title earned through a rigorous application and selection process.  Based on her written application, she was selected as one of 3 finalists that were invited to Alaska to …

2022 Teacher on the Trail, Jim Deprez in Nome Nugget and on KNOM radio

In Nome, the Teacher on the Trail has many opportunities to interact in the community and Jim Deprez was lucky enough to be interviewed by “Alaska’s Oldest Newspaper”, the Nome Nugget.  Jim spoke with Peter Leowi while he was in Nome, both of them greeting the finishing mushers.  Thank you Nome Nugget!. This edition is …

IditaRead Finisher’s Certificate

The last musher has crossed the finish line in Iditarod 50. And what a race it was this year! Your IditaRead “mushers” may be crossing the finish as well.  Here are the PDFs and jpeg for a black and white or a color finisher’s certificate for you to present to your finishers. Additionally, we want …

Insider in the Classroom: Race Edition 2022

It’s that time again – race time!  The teams are burning up the trail and the Insider crew is trying to keep up with them.  The Iditarod EDU department is committed to helping you busy teachers find useful Insider video clips for teaching. Check here daily for updates on the newest video clips posted and …