Hi everyone and thank you for taking the time to read my blog! I wanted to tell you a little bit about me and how the app Teacher’s Boutique came to be.
Let’s rewind to 2005 when I first graduated college…Go Longhorns!…and landed my first teaching job. It was in a Title One school, and it happened to be the same school I was student teaching at.
It was that week before school (when they call teacher’s back to do some staff development and give you like 30 minutes the whole week to work on your classroom) that I remember recruiting my mom to come with me to buy things for my classroom.
You know, I was very fortunate to have my mom as a veteran teacher, to take me under her wing and take me to Teacher Heaven and help me pick out what I needed for my classroom….I remember walking in to the store and having a mini panic attack because I had no idea what I needed, and only a $50 stipend from the school to get what I didn’t know I needed.
That’s where my mom came in and helped walk me through the aisles and explained to me things that were good to have and things that were not really useful…fast forward to the walk to the register and the bill is just shy of $200!!!! WHAAAAT!!!!!
My mom just smiled at me and said, “Honey, this is just the beginning.”
Boy was she right about that! The things that a teacher invests their money on either to benefit their students, or to make their job a little easier or more convenient seems well worth the investment. (You can’t put on a price on sanity right?) I remember buying all different kinds of pointers, and pocket charts, and don’t even get me started on picture books!
Let’s fast forward to 2013 and three grade changes later. I had just landed the sweetest of all teaching jobs, at an international private school with TWO 45 minute planning periods!!!!! First time ever teaching in a non-Title One school, and then I get pregnant. Now every teacher waivers with…do I stay at home with my baby? Do I go back to work? It is a struggle to make that decision, but after I laid eyes on our new little baby I told my boss that I was fortunate enough to be able to have a choice and I decided to stay at home and take extended maternity leave.
Now to present day I claim that I am still on extended maternity leave, because we had a second little one, but I also carry with me about 6 boxes of teaching materials that are taking up space in the garage, and that is my hubby’s territory…lol! He asked me if I was ever going to use any of this “stuff”,,,like pedagogy textbooks from college, or expandable folders full of workstation activities, or centers that I had bought and/or made for various subjects….and of course my answer was….maybe.
Well, that answer does not fly in my house so we compromised and I decided to try and scale down to just one box of must haves. Of course, these are all the Lakeshore games and pointers, phonics games, pocket charts that I knew would be perfect to teach my soon to be toddlers their letters and numbers.
What I didn’t realize is that I would continue to buy things that I thought my kids needed to practice their fine motor skills, or color sorting, or any other material I needed to make sure they met the milestones required at that age level. So now my one box that I scaled down to has grown into 4 boxes. This is when I came up with the idea for Teacher’s Boutique. My children no longer need some of the fine motor skill toys, or the walking toys, but I know that their are some other parents, or daycares that need these resources, but might be like me in 2005 that do not have that big of a budget to invest in these types of items.
The entire purpose of Teacher’s Boutique is to help teachers and parents get access to resources to ultimately help their children. Then when they no longer need it let’s up cycle it for the next round of kiddos.
Quoting Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper, “Teamwork makes the dream work!”
So let’s all work together to help one another!
Until next time,