Author: Jane Holmes (36 posts)


Iditarod: The First Ten Years – September 2021

Welcome back to a new school year! The 2022 race is the 50th running of the Iditarod. The anthology, Iditarod: The First Ten Years, was compiled to preserve the stories of those who launched The Last Great Race. The goal of the Old Iditarod Gang was to have this book for classrooms to use as …

Memories of Susan Smith, Principal/Teacher of Takotna

The Iditarod and the education community lost a most enthusiastic and energetic supporter when Susan Smith, principal/teacher in the village of Takotna, AK, passed away on August 11, 2021. Susan took her Iditarod passion to its maximum when she accepted that position and lived one of her dreams of teaching on the trail. Every chance …

College of Wooster, Ohio Features Alumnus Jim Deprez, the 2021 – 22 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Enjoy this article highlighting the College of Wooster’s alumnus and our current Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Jim Deprez. College of Wooster Summer 2021

Writing to Mushers: Steps for Success

We are happy to provide you with contact information of mushers agreeing to receive letters from students.  If you are writing to mushers, please follow the instructions below. Send an email to Jane Holmes, Director of Education at jane.holmes@iditarod.com to receive by email the postal contact information for mushers who agree to receive letters from …

Summer Reading – Gripping Adventure for Adult Readers

Our adult reading list is a gold mine of personal and race information.  It includes fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs from some of your favorite Iditarod mushers past and present, pilots, photographers, and dog sledding aficionados.  If you need to “think cool thoughts” in the heat of August, these books will entertain and inform you. Recommended …

Trailside Discovery Camp Discovers the Iditarod Trail

Trailside Discovery Camp, Russian Jack Springs Park Trying on gear – future musher? Marilyn shares what her daughter, Meredith, sends out on the Iditarod Trail. Vinson from Fun on the Run Kennel was the perfect sled dog model. Trailside Discovery Camp, Kincaid Park   Thanks to Trailside Discovery Camp in Anchorage for inviting the Iditarod …

2003 Teacher on the Trail Cassandra Brady’s Most Memorable Moment

My adventures on the trail took place a long time ago – before Wi-fi, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. In those days in Alaska, finding Internet access at each landing was a challenging  adventure, to say the least. I usually found it at a school, a community center or in the home of  some kind and …

Iditarod EDU’s “Top Ten”

You can learn a lot from a sled dog!  The Iditarod Trail Committee embodies an education department that reaches worldwide. Read on to learn more about the Iditarod EDU and some of its many and varied applications. Teacher on the Trail – a professional development program like no other!  After a rigorous application and interview …

Iditarod EDU’s “Top Ten”

  You can learn a lot from a sled dog!  The Iditarod embodies an education department that reaches worldwide. Read on to learn more about the Iditarod EDU and some of its many and varied applications. You can contact Jane Holmes, Director of Education, about these programs or with any questions. Email Jane.Holmes@iditarod.com   #1 …

Are You the Next Iditarod Teacher on the Trail?

It’s time to take your career to the next level.  Apply now to be the 2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail and add your name to Iditarod history. Applications are being accepted through December 1, 2021; three finalists will be selected to complete the next steps at the 2022 race. You can read about the …