When she did receive that call, the possibility of winning became a strong reality and she began preparing for the next round, which means a trip to Alaska in February.
Montgomery will leave Feb. 22 to face a series of interviews, presentations and more self promotion to a panel of judges before returning to Camanche on March 4. Once the panel has made a decision, the announcement should be made on or before April 2.
If she is chosen as the 2015 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, her responsibilities will begin in June and will include developing a year-long lesson plan that features the Iditarod race and the state of Alaska, as well as a variety of other responsibilities like blogging, volunteer work and spreading the word about Iditarod, all before attending the race in March.
The importance of winning is of course the end goal for Montgomery but, it’s not the only thing she’s thinking about right now. Having the opportunity to experience something many people can only dream of is what really sticks out for her.
“Of course I want to win, but also I want to bring back more resources to my students, and not just my class but anybody that’s interested,” Montgomery said.
“I want to bring those resources back to everybody here at the school and in the community and to share that information. I will not only be sharing about myself and my experience but I will be getting a wealth of information from others and that’s an incredible opportunity to have available.”