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About Us

The Iditarod Area School District recognizes the unique and distinctive nature of each student with regard to character, capacity, ability, and heritage. In doing so, we are committed to providing individualized, comprehensive, and sequential programs to all students in an atmosphere that reflects their cultural heritage; and will, through an organized, efficient, and effective school program designed and dedicated to incorporating a variety of learning opportunities, assure them of successful achievements as adults in the 21st Century.

The Heart of Iditarod Area School District:

Our Team

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Adrienne - Teacher

One of the reasons I enjoy working at IASD is the teamwork that the staff generates. Because there are so few to do so much we have a team spirit that includes, among many other things, support for each other. In a team this size, every person makes a big contribution.


Casey McCarty - Director of Special Education

I love working for IASD because of the camaraderie between staff members.  The support and willingness to work together as a team brings accountability and makes me a better educator.


Joyanne Hamilton - Principal/Teacher

For 42-years I have called Shageluk on the Innoko River my home; 30 of those years have been spent as a member of the Innoko River School staff. I share our community's goals of providing a quality education for our students while honoring the cultural education of my students as Deg Hitan tribal members.  


Our Schools

Stretching along the Kuskokwim River, the Iditarod Area School District consists of seven K-12 schools each being led by a Principal - Teacher, faculty, and operational staff. Click to see our locations!

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Available Positions at IASD

Apply by visiting Indeed.com, Alaska Teacher Placement, or sending an email to Human Resources with a resume & application

McGrath, AK

District Office

Grayling, AK

David Louis Memorial School

Holy Cross, AK

Jeffery A. Bader Memorial School

McGrath, AK

McGrath School

Nikolai, AK

Top of the Kuskokwim School

Shageluk, AK

Innoko River School

Takotna, AK

Takotna Community School

Eagle River, AK

Distance Learning Center

Contact Information:

Tamara Vanderpool, Human Resources Coordinator

Phone: 907-524-1224
Email: tvanderpool@iditarodsd.org
Address: Iditarod Area School District P.O. Box 90 McGrath, AK 99627

For Prospective Candidates:

We accept applications via multiple avenues including Indeed.com, Alaska Teacher Placement, and via email to Human Resources with a resume & application.

The Iditarod Area School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. The Iditarod Area School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in the educational programs or activities which it operates. The Iditarod Area School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This includes admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs, services, and activities. Individuals requiring further information should contact the designated compliance official, Tamara Vanderpool.