Teacher Appreciation Giveaway from I Teach K-2!

Happy May!  Today, I'm linking up with the other I Teach K-2 bloggers to share my appreciation for all of you teachers out there!  

We are giving away a $25 Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate to help make your teaching lives a little easier!  Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.  But first, I want to share a quote that inspired me in my teaching journey.

I'm a stay-at-home-mom now, but when I taught, I spent a couple years in special education and a couple years as a kindergarten teacher.  My first three years teaching were hard because, well, teaching is not easy, but also because I was transferred to a different school every year for my first three years.  The first two years, my position was being eliminated because the building no longer had the need for another special education teacher.  This ultimately ended with me being offered a kindergarten classroom position, which was my dream come true!  However, being "the new teacher" three years in a row is rough, especially for little ol' introverted me. 

During my first year teaching, my principal gave us small quote cards every week, and at the end of the school year, this quote you see above was in my mailbox.  Talk about perfect timing, huh?  I was feeling apprehensive about having to leave my building, to say the least.  However, one thing led to another and more changes were to come, and you know what?  Those changes helped me grow as a teacher.  I made more connections with other amazing teachers in my district, I met more incredible students and families, and I strengthened my own confidence as a teacher.  

I shared this quote with you today because although many of you might be returning to the same classroom next year for the 2nd, 10th, or 30th year, some of you might be faced with a change.  Maybe you're changing classrooms, grade levels, or switching buildings or districts altogether.  Maybe you're leaving the classroom to become an administrator, or maybe you're leaving the classroom to stay home with your children.  Even if you are staying in the same room and grade level, next year will inevitably bring changes - your students will be different, and you'll have different challenges and adventures.  Whatever your change will be, remember this quote.  I saved that little quote card and hung it by my computer so I could see it every day.  

Teaching is about the changes - big and small.  I hope the end of your school year is memorable and full of joy, and know that you are appreciated!

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  1. I love this quote Katie! Perfect for putting teaching into perspective!
    One Giggle At A Time

  2. Katie - I love that quote! I'm going to remember that whenever I see a butterfly now!

    Peggy @ Primary Flourish