Teachers Change Lives

As most of you know, I am a teacher.  I have been an elementary school teacher for the past 13 years.  I LOVE teaching…most days.  Most days, I have the most rewarding job in all of the jobs in the world.  There is just something about getting to know children on a personal level and feel like you are making a difference in their life.  I guess it is somewhat like being a mom except I get 27 kids for 10 months and then I get 27 new kids.  It REALLY is the coolest job ever!

Do you remember your favorite teacher?  I sure do!  My favorite teacher in elementary school was my second grade teacher, Mrs. Talton.  I went to a small christian school at the time and believe it or not, we had a spend the night party at her house.  I don’t really remember the details but it was an incentive for something and there were a few of us that earned it (boys AND girls) so we got to spend the night at our teacher’s house.  What a nice world that was back then!

I also remember how loving and kind she was!  She made learning fun!  She was awesome!

She is partly the reason I became a teacher.  To impact lives like she impacted mine!  Being a teacher is not easy.  It is not all summers and holidays.  Teaching is hard work!  Don’t get me wrong, teachers sometimes have the best job in the world!

Trust me.

When a kid who was a “troublemaker” in the past years comes into your room and you instantly connect and they become one of your favorite kids.  That makes it worth it.  When you can sit with a room of 27 kids and laugh together and feel connected, that makes it worth it.  When you get letters from your past students telling them what a difference you made in their life, that makes it worth it.  When a parent tells you how much they appreciate what you have done for THEIR child, that makes it worth it.

On the flip side, teachers sometimes have a thankless job.

Trust me.

Most weekends teachers are busy grading mounds of papers or doing detailed lesson plans.  Teachers spend countless hours scouring the internet to find the perfect activity only to have kids complain or it become a bust.  Sometimes teachers get “talked to” for something they did wrong or a wrong judgement they made.  Parents get upset because of what they might have said to their child.  Sometimes parents expect perfection.  Teachers certainly aren’t perfect.

Did you know that teachers spend hundreds of dollars (their own dollars) each year on teaching supplies and things to make the classroom look more like a home and less like a 50 year old building?  Well, they do!  I mean hundreds!

Office Depot has partnered with a non-profit organization to create a way for teachers to get funding for things they need in their classroom and a way for businesses or individuals to give back because of a special teacher they once had.  You can help, “Adopt a Classroom.  You can help someone in your local community or someone in another state.  YOU could be the reason a new cool teaching method is put into place.  YOU could be the reason that a teacher gets a little more hope and decides to keep teaching.  YOU can make a difference in the life of a child.  YOU can give a teacher hope that there is goodness in others out there.

One teacher doing amazing things is a lady named Virgina Hamilton.  She is a gifted teacher in Indialantic, FL. She uses her love of animals to teach students about giving back. Her students visit kill shelters and help train dogs so they are more easily adoptable. By doing this they get outside of the classroom and learn important life skills.

Isn’t that cool?  She is one of the MANY teachers that need funding for their classroom.

If you are interested in donating to a classroom, it is super easy:

  • How to Donate to a Teacher
  1. Go to Teachers Change Lives website
  2. Click on the teal “Donate to a Teacher” box on the Teachers Change Lives website, which will take you to the Adopt-A-Classroom website
  3. Follow the corresponding steps from there

If you are interested in registering your own classroom as a teacher, it is also super easy:

  • How to Register Your Classroom as a Teacher
  1. Go to Teachers Change Lives website
  2. Click on the red box that says “Register Your Classroom,” which will take you to the Adopt-A-Classroom website
  3. Follow the corresponding steps from there

Going back to my favorite teacher, Mrs. Talton.  I bet she would have loved this in order to get help with her yearly expenses of being a teacher!  She deserved it!

There are so many Mrs. Talton’s out there in this world.  I bet if you think hard enough, you can remember your “Mrs. Talton.”  You may or may not remember why he/she was your favorite teacher but you just know that they were!

It is teachers like that that we need more of.  It is teachers like that that make school fun!  It is teachers like that that make people like US!  So, give back!

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. 

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.