The Next Leg of the Race

Heidi Sloan, 2018 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™, handing off the symbolic sleeping bag to me

Although summer camp for teachers has come to an end, my journey as 2019 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ is still in full swing. The first checkpoint for me began in November of 2017 when I submitted my application for this position. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Alaska on two separate occasions. I’ve met a substantial amount of people – mushers, teachers, and strangers who have accomplished goals which surpass comprehension. I’ve collaborated with teachers who dedicate their life to the classroom, expend all of their energy, and always have the mindset that their students are important and deserve the best. I’ve made friends and connections with people who come from all parts of this country. Additionally, I’ve received support from family, friends, and the community, which has enabled me to be where I am today.

Heidi Sloan, the 2018 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™, has done an incredible job and it has been a reward being able to work with her. The amount of hard work and dedication that she has devoted is commendable! I wish Heidi the best of luck as she continues to encourage and inspire kids in the classroom.

Over the course of the next year, my goal is to create lessons, offer thoughts, and provide information which will engage students, motivate them to achieve success, and challenge them to exceed expectations. I am looking forward to this journey and hope to be a valuable resource for you.

Enjoy a few of the pictures below from some of my unbelievable experiences!

Grizzly Bear at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center


fun with teachers

visiting Battle Dawgs