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Flaskback Photo(s) – Brian Hickox, 2019 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail ™️

Being tasked with finding a “flashback photo” from my experience as being the 2019 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ proved to be more challenging than anticipated. However, at the same time, it was awesome being able to revisit and reimagine the many unforgettable moments that I had. From the second I began my application process …

Flaskback Photo – Cassandra Wilson Brady, 2003 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail ™️

I enjoy reading books about the Arctic and the indigenous life.  One book that stands out for me was, Shadows on the Koyukuk: An Alaskan Native’s Life Along the River by Sidney Huntington. I highly suggest this book to get an interesting picture of an Alaskan life along the river.   My Teacher on the Trail 2003 …

Getting Started – Iditarod Style

Teachers are returning to the classroom and setting the stage for a year of engaging learning. Some of us have used Iditarod for years, and have a plan to integrate the race into the curriculum. Others are new to using the race in the classroom, and are unsure of how to proceed.   Do you start …

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 …

SEL Snack: Iditarod Gives ALL the Feels

As a teacher, it feels like every year there is a new “trend” (and a new acronym) that needs to be integrated into the curriculum. Overwhelmed and frustrated are two emotions I feel when another buzzword comes across my desk or a new pilot program is pitched in an email. It would be easy to …

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- Kelly Villar, 2020 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

One picture…I took thousands of images while on the trail and in the weeks building up to the journey.  To choose just one is a challenge.  After scrolling through, I have finally picked a picture I have gone back to many times.  To me, this picture represents so many parts of the Iditarod. Teamwork, determination, …

Rookie Run Requirements

Hanna Lyrek is the 2022 Iditarod Rookie of the Year, the first of seven rookies to cross the finish line in Nome. What is the definition of an Iditarod rookie? Technically, it is musher who has never finished an Iditarod, someone out on the trail for the first (or second, or third…) time, who has …

Flashback Photo(s) – Terrie Hanke, 2006 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

More times than I can count or even remember during the 2006 Iditarod, I found myself in the presence of Iditarod icons, not only people who raced but people who in the early days helped make the race happen.  On the first evening of the 2006 race, I was seated across the table for Joe …

Learning at the Alaska Native Heritage Center

Our Alaska adventure ended back where we started in Anchorage. We had come full circle, and to conclude our explorations we visited the Alaska Native Heritage Center to learn more about the Indigenous groups that live in Alaska.  The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a wealth of information and history, but also a place to …