Teacher on the Trail™

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Latest Teacher on the Trail™ Posts

Misconceptions and More: Dogs vs. Wolves

  One common misconception about sled dogs is also a question I frequently get from my students: “Why do the dogs look so much like wolves, are they part wolf?” This misconception is not helped by the 1995 Disney cartoon movie “Balto”, where it is falsely stated that Balto is half wolf and “can’t  be …

Voices of the Volunteers: Karin Hendrickson – Race Judge

  Karin Hendrickson is a familiar name and face in the current Iditarod scene. This year was her 10th Iditarod race as a musher since her rookie year in 2009. However, during her non-racing years, she has still been an important part of the race, serving as a Race Judge on a few occasions. This …

Classroom Connections: Trailbreakers – Dash & Dot Coding

    This lesson is a very fun STEM project created to relate to the job of the Iditarod trail breakers. Unlike some of the other STEM activities I have posted, this one is much quicker. It can be completed in one (longer) class session.    In this lesson, students work with a certain type of …

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 …

Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ Application

The Application for the 2024 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail is Available Now The Teacher on the Trail program is a unique opportunity for one selected educator to teach beyond the traditional classroom walls via Internet and to be involved in a project that reaches students around the world during  a one year volunteer teaching …

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 …

Voices of the Volunteers: Dan Harrelson

  Dan Harrelson has been a very big figure in the small community of White Mountain for decades. He is currently a member of the city council and is the VPSO (Village Public Safety Officer) in the community. However he had also been the mayor of White Mountain as well. But as he said, “ …

OFF the trail in Nome/Anchorage – Monday

  What an adventure… Last night was the musher banquet that formally wrapped up the 2022 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. It was a night to celebrate, for a variety of different reasons. Some for finishing their first Iditarod, some for taking a step back from the race for a bit, and still others for simply …

On the Trail in Nome – Sunday

  If you read my post from yesterday, this is really the continuation of my amazing day yesterday. Let’s attempt to do this in chronological order… After being taken to the airport yesterday with Kathy Chapoton and Sean William’s dad, I was actually able to hop on a flight with IAF pilot, Wes Erb. This …

On the Trail in Nome – Saturday

  I know I have said in the past that I have had some pretty amazing days, but today was probably the best day of this entire incredible adventure.  There were so many “never in my wildest dreams” moments that I can’t possibly get them all into one post, especially as it’s already way later …