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Apply for Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

The Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ program is a unique opportunity for one selected educator each year, to enter into a one year agreement to teach beyond the traditional classroom walls via Internet and to be involved in a project that reaches students around the world. Creating standards driven lessons, using research based techniques, and …

2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Annie Kelley – A Radio Interview

2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ Annie Kelley prepares for this year’s Iditarod.  Learn more by reading this article and listening to her interview. We are looking forward to having Annie out on the trail, in checkpoints, and sharing her observations of the race.  Annie is a 3rd grade teacher in Chicago. Checkout Annie’s online …

Join 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ Annie Kelley and Bring Iditarod Based Lessons to Students

Annie Kelley, a 4th grade teacher at Saint Andrew School in Chicago, IL, is the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  Iditarod’s educational department is proud to welcome Annie to the team of educators who strive to help teachers use cutting edge technology and Iditarod lessons with their students so the students may achieve academic …

Finalists for the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Three teachers from Colorado, Massachusetts, and Illinois competed for  the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ position, Annie Kelly of Illinois, Don Thomas of Massachusetts, and Dana Tuyls of Colorado. Annie Kelley and Iditarod connected during her student teaching experience in Ohio. In her classroom the next year, searching …

Teacher on the Trail™ 2017 Finalists

Hi Boys and Girls, Every year there is a special teacher who is selected as the Teacher on the Trail ™. This year Laura Wright from Austin, Texas will be will be flying from checkpoint to checkpoint reporting on the race for teachers and school children who are following the race. She also provides lessons …

Midwest Sled Dog Symposium and Iditarod Teacher Conference

This past weekend teachers, mushers, and even kids attended the Midwest Sled Dog Symposium and Iditarod Teacher Conference in Curtis, Michigan.  The symposium, hosted by Nature’s Kennel, had breakout sessions for both mushers and teachers.  The teacher presenters came from around the country; Nancy Wendt and Linda Fenton from Wisconsin, Jen Reiter from Maryland, and me, from …

Overnight in Skwentna

I flew into Skwentna with Race Judge Jim Gallea.  He has been a race judge for about ten years and is an Iditarod finisher himself.  It was a beautiful day for a flight. The sky was so clear you could see forever. It was just amazing!  I got to sit in the front seat of …

Final Vet Checks

Today the Iditarod Trail Committee Headquarters was hopping – or should I say tail-wagging?  Today was the final day for Pre-Race Vet checks.  Mushers can have their final checks done by their own vets, or they can take advantage of the race vets and get free checkups at the headquarters. The vet checks are very …

Mushing for a Cause

Today, the teachers had a chance to visit Vern Halter’s Kennel, Dream a Dream Dog Farm.  He is helping Iditarod Rookie Cindy Abbott in her quest to complete this year’s Iditarod.  Cindy attempted a run at the race last year but broke her hip during a fall and ultimately had to scratch.  She is back …

Rock Start Sighting: Dallas Seavey!

I got a chance to check in with Dallas Seavey at the ExxonMobil Welcoming reception for the Winter Conference for Educators last evening.  The question on everyone’s mind?  The trail conditions.  Dallas’  point of view is that it’s the Iditarod and it’s not supposed to be easy.  He says this isn’t the first time the …