I was five years old when I decided I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. I came home from kindergarten every day and taught my younger sister whatever I had learned in school that day. The result? She learned to read at a very young age and I decided early on that teaching was my dream job.
I look back at my years in school and have very fond memories of so many of my teachers. My first grade teacher led us in an awesome production of Tikki Tikki Tembo No Sarembo Hari Kari Pi Chi Pip Peri Pembo in which I was the narrator…and to this day I can recite that poor boy’s name. My second grade teacher organized a post office for us and helped us assemble a classroom cookbook…my contribution was English Muffin Pizzas! My fifth grade teacher rewarded us for reading which was a dream come true for someone that loves reading as much as I do. My eighth grade teacher taught me to be a writer, a skill for which I am so thankful!
But as awesome as my teachers were (and still are!) I didn’t really appreciate them until the day I became a teacher!
And then I realized that teaching is more than just planning creative lessons and putting up cute bulletin boards! There are papers to grade, parents to call, demands from the district, report cards to fill out, and so much more. And on top of all that teachers need to be able to manage a classroom full of people with different strengths and gifts. By the time I finished my first year of teaching I wanted to go back and personally thank each one of my teachers for the outstanding job that they did.
And so today to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, it’s time to give back to teachers! One lucky teacher will win this awesome bag…
And entering is SUPER easy!
*If you are a teacher, comment below and let me know why you love teaching and you’ll be entered to win!
*If you know a teacher, comment below and let me know the teacher’s name and why you think they’re a great teacher!
If you want bonus entries you can follow me on Twitter and/or share this giveaway on Twitter…just make sure you comment below and let me know you did those things so that your extra entries are entered into the drawing!