Greetings from the Windy City

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The Chicago skyline from Ping Tom Park in Chinatown

I am so excited to be the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™!  I teach 4th grade at Saint Andrew School in Chicago, and I will be starting my eighth year this fall.  I teach math, social studies, language arts, and religion.  Besides teaching at Saint Andrew I also run an after school Irish dance program and help with the cross country team.

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Ice climbing on Root Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

I am a born and raised Chicagoan; however I love being in nature whenever I can!  I enjoying camping, hiking, kayaking, and I’ve just started to get into backpacking.  Running is also a passion of mine.  I have completed 8 marathons, including the Anchorage marathon last year.  Over the next year I plan on “running” the Iditarod trail (1,049 miles of running!).  My adventurous bone has led me to many beautiful places including the San Juan Islands, Smoky Mountains, and a month long trip to Alaska.  Needless to say, I am extremely grateful and excited to travel down the Iditarod trail in March.

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Hiking in Minnesota with a pup friend

The last few days have been quite exciting up here in Alaska.  Teacher Summer Camp is underway and the group will be spending the next few days at Vern Halter’s Dream-a-Dream Dog Farm in Willow, AK.  The teachers will be treated to presentations by 2015 Red Lantern winner Cindy Abbott, mushing veteran Deedee Jonrowe, photographer Jeff Shultz, and many more Iditarod favorites.  Stay tuned for updates throughout the week!

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My family and I after completing the Chicago Marathon in 2015

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