The Teacher on the Trail™ sleeping bag was handed over to me in a public ceremony at Iditarod headquarters Saturday. It is a special and longstanding tradition, with 17 teachers before me using it on the trail all the way to Nome. Erin Montgomery, the Iditarod 2015 Teacher on the Trail™, left for home this morning, but she took a moment to connect with me and share some stories with me. Erin has great integrity, and has done a remarkable job this year sharing her lessons and passion for the race with teachers around the world. I took some time to look at the patches on the sleeping bag that had been lovingly created by all the past teachers. It made me reflect upon my year and my expectations for myself as the 2016 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™. I have big shoes to fill, and I look forward to this amazing challenge!