Meredith Alumna is Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Martha Dobson, ’81, is helping bring Alaska’s famed Iditarod race to classrooms across the U.S., by serving as the Target® 2011 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.
The Iditarod, a race of more than 1150 miles from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, has been called the “last great race on Earth.” The race began on March 5, 2011.

As Teacher on the Trail, Dobson will provide lesson ideas that teachers and students can use to learn more about the Iditarod race. Prior to the race she made presentations about the Iditarod to classes and to other community groups. During the race, she will travel to checkpoints and report on her experiences on her blog, and via videoconferencing with classrooms. Dobson, a sixth grade English and language arts teacher at Mount Pleasant Middle School, in Mount Pleasant, N.C., was selected for this position by the Iditarod Trail Committee.

The race is a wonderful teaching tool, according to Dobson, who uses it as a topic in her classroom each year. Her students conduct online research, learn about citing sources, and create brochures on topics related to the Iditarod, and use race statistics to learn math, graphs and how to read charts.

Read Dobson’s Teacher on the Trail blog here.

For more information on the Iditarod, visit

Date Submitted: 2011-03-08

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