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2010 Teacher on the Trail Herb Brambley’s Most Memorable Moment

pictures: George Nyce (L), the village of Takotana (R) photos by Herb Brambley The Takotna Incident : A Memorable Moment from 2010 Along the Iditarod Trail I was walking toward the school in Takotna when out of nowhere another human being appeared. No place to run. No alleys to duck into. What do I do? …

Summer Reading – Dog Days of Summer

As we get closer to halfway through summer, students often need serious inspiration to be motivated to read.  The books we have on our Elementary Fiction and Elementary Nonfiction lists are bursting with tales of inspiration, daring, adventure, and acceptance.  With beloved characters like Balto and Togo and inspiring new stories like Sled Dog School, …

2011 Teacher on the Trail Martha Dobson’s Most Memorable Moments

            White Mountain, 2011, and John Baker arrived first. By happenstance, I was there and witnessed it, and the moving pride the Alaska Natives expressed. Earlier that day, I was in Koyuk, my favorite checkpoint of the race I experienced. There, I worked as a volunteer stacking boxes of HEET …

Summer Reading – Sizzling Reads About Cool Dogs!

Summer is ticking along and kids have all kinds of activities going on, but there are always those moments for relaxing, filling time between the water park and the summer movie series, and riding in the car to the next great vacation destination.  Or use reading goals to incentivize reading for your student; they will …

2008 Teacher on the Trail Jane (Blaile) Holmes’ Most Memorable Experience

As all other Teachers on the Trail, I find it impossible to hone the experiences down to one most memorable, but I have relayed this particular moment many times since my time on the trail in 2008, and it still stands out to me as an incredible opportunity. It happened in the checkpoint of McGrath. …

Moments with Mushers: What’s Important for People to Know…

  For me, Interviewing the mushers was one of the greatest highlights of the past year. Talking to these great men and women and hearing their take on the race and sport they love so much was surreal, and the depth and breadth of their responses made it even more incredible. Next year I look …

2013 Teacher on the Trail Linda Fenton’s Memorable Friendships on the Trail

In 2013 I had the honor to be the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail. I had been using the Iditarod as a teaching tool for many years and, after encouragement from insisting parents, I applied for the position. It changed my life.  My task this year was to come up with a story about my …

2014 Teacher on the Trail Jen Reiter’s Most Memorable Moment

Every teacher who has served as the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail has the same reaction to the question, “Share your most memorable moment from the trail.” The reaction? An immediate sigh followed by an utter feeling of defeat as you know you will never be able to do your journey justice with one memorable …

A Tribute to Gail Somerville, Friend of Iditarod EDU

Iditarod Educators, both near and far, wish to pay tribute to and celebrate Gail Somerville’s life and contributions to Iditarod EDU.  Our dear friend, Gail passed away on May 23, 2021. Gail left Los Angeles for the last frontier in 1978.  Shortly after arriving in Anchorage she found herself at the Iditarod table at the …

2015 Teacher on the Trail Erin Montgomery’s Most Memorable Moments

One of the most asked questions I get about being out on the trail is, “What is your most memorable moment?” This question is very challenging for me to answer. There are just too many memories to share. The one thing I love to tell people about Iditarod is the relationships that are formed. I …