Sunday, May 18, 2014

National Boards Certification

I was recognized by my school district last night for achieving my National Boards Certification this year!  It was a lot of work going through the process, but I can confidently say that I am a more accomplished teacher now than when I began the National Boards journey.  

I call it a journey because I have a bit of a confession...it took me 3 years to complete.  I debated on whether or not to even share this information, but I feel it is important to be honest.  My first year, I missed the certification mark by 6 little points.  Yes, that is it...6 points...and I tried so hard.  The second year, I decided to redo only one main part and I quickly learned that wasn't enough.  My score did not improve.  This was almost my breaking point.  My third year, I gave it all I had.  I redid two quizzes and another main part and, finally, I received the outcome I had been seeking!

Yes, there are teachers who are able to become National Board Certified in one year.  To these teachers, I tip my hat to you.  I now, however, understand why you are allowed three years to complete it.  When I said that it was a lot of work, I meant it.  It is NOT easy.  There are several instances where I wanted to throw in the towel (and I never give up), but I pushed forward.  

The moment I experienced after getting my results for the third time was priceless.  The emotion overcame me as I glanced at the computer screen to see the words...

I remember the moment so well...I just started crying.  The hubby (who has been by my side through it all) didn't know what to say.  He said he honestly couldn't tell if I had become certified or not at first.  It bought tears to my eyes because it is a huge deal.  I am proud of myself for keeping at it for three years and proving to myself that I could do it.

If you are interested in becoming a National Board Certified Teacher, you can click here for more details on their website.  It is a tough process, but through the process I was able to really refine my teaching practice.  My advice to all candidates out there is to keep at it.  It will be a bumpy ride, but if you started the process, it will be worth it to you in the end.  Good luck to you!  :)

Now, for the celebration part!  Last night, I was recognized by my school district for the accomplishment.
 I was given this neat flame award...


 and, of course, the award had to go on the mantel!  :)

Thank you for letting me share my National Boards journey with you!  To further celebrate the day, I treated myself to a pair of Tieks!  Thanks to my hubby for convincing me that I deserved it!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...Summer on the Brain!

 Excited for a road trip next month with the hubby to Bonnaroo!  Anyone else have any fun summer plans?

Link up by clicking on the picture below!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The End of an Amazing Week...

Teacher Appreciation Week is officially over and this has been the best week ever!  I am so blessed to work at an amazing school filled with even more amazing parents.  They have made my week so special and bought us countless number of treats throughout the week.  Before, I give you all a glimpse into my week, I must announce my giveaway #5 winner...one more drumroll...the winner is AMY MEHALLIC!  Woo-hoo!  I emailed you to pick out $20 worth of product from my store!  Congrats!

Now, for the recap of my week!  


Monday, I went home very full and my heart was a little warmer! 


Tuesday's tacos were delicious!  Plus my principal gave my an extra 30 minute break and took over my class!


On Wednesday, we had yummy Panda Express!  The decorations in the teacher's lounge always amazed me!  It was also my student teacher's last day and she brought me this adorable school supplies "cake."  How clever is that?!  Here is another one for pinning!
She used a tissue box as the base and stuck everything on with putty that is reusable too!


On Thursday, we were treated to Olive Garden (one of my favorites)!  PTO even splurged on mini desserts!  I also received tons of flowers from my students and this adorable bracelet!

Friday, was Field Day and I got a bunch of goodies!  I wish I could show you some pictures of my class and the HUGE smiles on their faces.  It truly was a bonding day and our class was even awarded the TEAM SPIRIT award!  Yeah!

The above is seriously a glimpse into my incredible week.  Additionally, we were treated to mini massages one day and breakfast everyday!  More importantly, there is not even a way to capture the kind words and the love I felt throughout the school building. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart PTO!  I am so lucky to come to work everyday and teach your child.  They make me a better person.  I am forever thankful for your kindness.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Giveaway ~ Last Day!

Welcome to Day #5 of my Teacher Appreciation Giveaways!  Thank you to everyone who has been entering all week.  I loved reading yesterday's comments on who you would "Share the Wealth" with.  Congrats again to Mrs. Decker who won my writing pack bundle!  If you didn't win yet, don't give up!  Maybe today is your day?  And today you can win $20 worth of products from my store!  Woo-hoo!


Just enter the rafflecopter below!  Good luck!




Thursday, May 8, 2014

I {heart} Teachers Day 4 ~ Share the Wealth!

Congrats to Day 3 Facebook winner... Eilidh Husby!  She won my writing bundle pack absolutely FREE!  Sorry, if you are not Eilidh, but I still have good news for you!!

Today is...

That is right!  It is your turn to "SHARE THE WEALTH!"

This giveaway is so simple (again)!
1. Just visit my store {click here}.
2.  Pick an item that you would LOVE!
3.  Leave the product name and your email in the comments below.
4. (Here is where the "share the wealth" part comes in.)  If you win, so does a friend of yours.  So, also in the comments I'd love to hear the one other person you would share this product with and why?

I will pick one name below to win their product and share it with their friend!

Let's get ready to share the wealth :)

Oh, and psst...if you haven't heard, TpT extended their sale so, of course, I did too!  One more day to get 28% off my entire store!
Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wordless Wednesday!

Looooong overdue, but I am finally linking up with Christina over at Sugar and Spice for Wordless Wednesday!


So without further adieu...

I recently received these bookshelves from a Donor's Choose project (score!), but now my library is a mess!  How should I organize my fourth grade books?  I need suggestions on the most effective way!



Teacher Appreciation Day 3!

First of all, CONGRATS to yesterday's winner, Caitlin Coley!  She is taking home a $10 TpT gift card and can cash it in today while the sale continues!  Remember you only have until midnight Eastern Time to shop the TpT sale, so hop on over now to save 28% off my entire store. :)  

Secondly, today is Teacher Appreciation Day 3!  And what is better than 28% off?  FREE!!  I decided to switch it up a bit and I will be doing today's giveaway through my Facebook page.  Hop over there now and check out how to enter to win a free product from my store!!


Good Luck! :)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sale Starting ~ Time to Win a TpT gift card!

Today is a GOOD day...and like any teacher, I have 3 supporting details why!

1. I have a BE KIND t-shirt winner from yesterday!
2. There is a new giveaway starting today!
3. It is the beginning of the HUGE TpT sale!

Let me explain further...

Yesterday was "Be Kind Day."  Don't worry if you missed it, you can celebrate again on June 5th.  Click here to read more about the amazing Josh Stevens Foundation.  Yesterday I also had a giveaway for a Be Kind t-shirt of your choice!  

And the winner is....drum-roll  please....

Nicole Kaltenborn Chavanne!  Woo-hoo!  I have emailed you to pick a T-shirt of your choice and I will ship it over!  Congrats and thank you for being a teacher!


Today is also Day 2 of my Teacher Appreciation Week!  

For today, I would like to give a $10 TpT gift card away.  Inspired by my friend Mel, I would also like to keep it simple!  
All you have to do is visit this page - and if you are here now - that is IT! 
I know how busy you are - you are a teacher.
Thanks for visiting my blog and for all you do for your children!


Last, but not least, the third reason why today is a GOOD day...you can get everything in my store at 28% off today by simply clicking on the cute button right below!  

Happy Shopping! :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Be Kind Day ~ Teacher Appreciation Week!

I can't think of a better way to start Teacher Appreciation Week than with Be Kind Day! 

If you haven't heard of the the Josh Stevens Foundation, I am so glad you stopped by to read this today (you can check it out here).  They promote such a powerful message...to simply BE KIND.  It is message that resonates throughout our school on daily basis.  The foundation works to keep the kindness alive and inspire kids – and everyone – to Take 5 minutes to do something especially kind for another person on the 5th of every month.  Josh Stevens was born on October 5.  

And today is May 5th...Be Kind Day!

It also the kick off of one of the most exciting weeks for teachers!  It is Teacher Appreciation Week!  I am so grateful for this week (the hubby keeps asking when his appreciation week is at work!).  You can read about the goodies I got last year here...I called it "Better Than Christmas."   I am so happy that I chose the best profession in the world...to be a teacher. 

As I teacher, I would also like to give back to other teachers out there this week so I am doing 5 days of giveaways!

Today is...

To enter the giveaway, just enter the Rafflecopter below!  I will pick one winner and you will be able to pick the Be Kind T-shirt of your choice and size from the Josh Stevens' Website.


Good luck and I can't wait to hear about the ways that you have helped to spread kindness on this very important day!


PSST...if you haven't heard, Teachers Pay Teachers is also having a HUGE sale Tuesday and Wednesday this week!  You can snag everything in my store at 28% off!  AMAZING!  
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
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