Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ Application

photo credit: Jim Deprez

The Application for the 2025 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

is Coming Soon

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 assignment.

Creating standards driven lessons, using research based techniques, and integrating technology as a tool for teaching and learning are components leading to academic success for students of all ages. Be a part of this teaching adventure!

Applications are due on or before December 1 of each year.  If December 1 falls on a Sunday, the deadline for applications is the following day, Monday. 

Download the application here


For more information, contact Jane Holmes at



Iditarod Air Force Plane

Trade in your coat and ‘teacher shoes’ for extreme weather gear as you brave the arctic elements and temperatures far below zero during the Last Great Race®. Spend about  4 weeks during race time in Alaska as a member of Iditarod’s educational team, as you visit schools, present programs in the community, and prepare for the teaching adventure of a lifetime.

Fly in small bush planes over rugged yet magnificently beautiful terrain from checkpoint to checkpoint during the race. As a race volunteer, help where needed in checkpoints you visit as you learn first hand what goes on behind the scenes during the race. Bring the sights, sounds, and race events to classrooms in an online journal so that educators can connect the race with lessons surrounding a real event, in real-time, and transition that learning to their own local communities, as you report back to classrooms via Internet. Be a part of an academic success story that inspires students to learn and gain skills necessary to help lead them down the trail of reaching their own goals and dreams.

Represent the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and educators everywhere in the teaching adventure of a lifetime. Iditarod is the Last Great Race. It is a vehicle to transport students to academic success. Be a part of this teaching and learning adventure by applying for Teacher on the Trail.

Terrie Hanke, 2006 Teacher on the Trail

You have already taken your first steps along an adventure learning teaching trail by reading this introduction to our program. The trail before you is one filled with hard work but will lead you to an experience that as 2006 Teacher on the Trail, Terrie Hanke said, “Iditarod Teacher on the Trail isn’t a 365-day adventure. It continues for a lifetime.”