Teacher Appreciation Week

Happy Teacher’s Appreciation Week!



I appreciate the teachers who spend 8 hours with our kids and I appreciate the teachers on my staff who spend the next three hours with our kids. I wanted to let these teacher’s know I do appreciate their hard work and patience.

The Milky Way, M&Ms and 100 Grand were put into two bowls for the two schools I oversee. I put a sign next to it explaining why I picked those 3 chocolate bars and the staff signed the Thank You Sign. 


1. M&Ms because you are “marvelous and magnificent.”
2. Milky Ways because you are “out of this world.”
3. 100 Grand because no amount of “money” could replace all you do!

All the goodies!

For my staffs I put goodies into a bag and labeled them. Each day they get to open one and receive their treat. 

Monday: Thanks for sticking to the PRIDE pledge!

Tuesday: You are o-FISH-ally awesome!

Wednesday: Thanks for helping Champions to shine!

Thursday: You deserve an extra PAYDAY!
Friday: You are one in a million. Each staff member got a lottery ticket. (not pictured)

All ready to surprise my staff!

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Guess who got a big girl job?

I DID!


Many of you may already know this but just in case..



I got a JOB!


I never thought I’d be in the position where I wasn’t teaching in a school after graduation. I have watched as my friends have been getting jobs and I kept praying my time was around the corner. It was not to be.


Grand Rapids is not hiring too many teachers so my search went beyond the typical teaching positions that you think of and I applied to Champions. 


According to the site Champions offers innovative before and after school extended day programs. Options for kids include five mind-expanding activity areas and a quiet area that enables students to read and complete homework. 


On a whim I applied and within a week I had a phone interview and two weeks later a face to face interview. A week later I was offered a position and a week after that a promotion that included a $2.50 pay raise and more hours! 


I will be the Site Director at a school in Wyoming, MI which is twenty minutes from our apartment. I will be teaching Kindergarten and directing the before and after school program. I will be managing the teachers and teacher’s assistants. 


It is not the teaching job I imagined having but it is a start! I will be working with the Principal, School Board and parents so that is getting my foot in the door! 


I attend training in Westland, MI (near Detroit) in nine days and began work after Labor Day!

Counting my blessings at this wonderful time in my life! GOD IS GOOD!