My year as 2013 Teacher on the Trail™ is coming to a close and I have yet to wrap my brain around the fact that it actually happened.
I can’t finish this adventure without a few thank yous. Thank you Andrea Aufder Heyde (Finney) for having the tenacity to pursue bringing the Iditarod into the classroom by experiencing it first hand. Thank you also to the Iditarod Trail Committee for seeing the value of her experience and continuing the Teacher on the Trail™ program. Thank you to all the mushers, vets, pilots and volunteers who let me ask questions, take pictures, and who stopped what they were doing to talk to students on Skype at different checkpoints along the trail. Thank you to the Waupaca School District, Waupaca Learning Center, and my class for all of your support during the entire school year. Finally, thanks to all the teachers and students who followed my blog making this the largest classroom an educator could wish for.
At the Volunteer Picnic at Iditarod Headquarters in June I will officially pass the torch to Jennifer Reiter who is the 2014 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™. I’m so excited for her and I look forward to reading about her experiences.
Being a part of the Iditarod was a dream come true for me. My life will forever be changed as I carry the experiences of the 2013 Iditarod with me. If you have a few hours, just ask me about them.