2/26/2019 - Kelly Villar - 2020 Teacher of the Trail Finalist

4 S. Eagleville Road
Mansfield, CT 06268

February 14, 2019

Kelly Villar, second grade teacher at Southeast School, applied to be the 2020 Teacher on the Trail for the Iditarod dog sled race held annually in Alaska.  Mrs. Villar has been sharing the excitement of this race with her classes for years. She was recently notified that she has been selected as a finalist for the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail 2020.  The Teacher on the Trail brings real time experiences from the race to classrooms around the globe.

As a finalist, Mrs. Villar is invited to attend the Iditarod Teachers’ Winter Conference February 26 - March 1 of this year.  During that time, she will make a presentation regarding her expertise in bringing the Iditarod into the classroom while also giving a hands on STEM lesson to the participants.  She will go through two interviews, learn to be a dog handler for the mushers, and learn to deliver race communications, which will be necessary if she is selected. Kelly will also have the unique opportunity to attend the Mushers Banquet and meet some of her favorite mushers in person.  

The Iditarod race occurs during the first Saturday in March in Alaska - ranging 1049 miles.  This year there are 53 race teams and 15 dogs for each musher. It is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience.  We are hopeful that Mrs.Villar will be selected for even greater experiences on the trail next year.