Melissa Kaylene: Teachers Change Lives

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Teachers Change Lives

Becoming the PTSO President this past year has really opened up my eyes more about the school systems. I had never realized just how many things for classrooms and activities weren't funded by the school - meaning it's partly left up to the teachers to figure out. With small schools there's not as many fundraisers and outside money being earned, and many teachers not only spend their own money to provide things for the classes, but they do a lot of volunteer work with extra-curricular activities for the students.

There are many good teachers out there, but every once in a while you find that teacher. The one that you know teaches well, teaches in a way that the kids will understand, not simply from a text book. The teachers that teach because it is their passion, the ones that make your children feel good about themselves and want to go to school.

The teachers that encourage curiosity. 

My kids have been blessed and have had many wonderful teachers, but there has been one in particular that all of the kids in the school talked about. He is one of those teachers that have been there for multiple generations and continue to make kids smile. Every kid calls him Mr. "B", and he's the go to guy for gym rental passes. He teaches a rhythms class for the kids every week and from what I hear it is a huge music dance fest full of giggles. Every year he also hosts a Spring Showcase, and all of the kids would show off their own unique talents to friends and family - whether it is tumbling, classroom choreographed dances, jump ropes, or pretty much any other idea you could come up with. Everything and everyone is celebrated at the Spring Showcase, and select 5th graders weave ribbons around a May Pole (Anika is one of the chosen ones for this year!!) He's just one of those people that don't act as they appear. My first impression of him was that he was a strong silent type - but I must be wrong. Even with that outer shell the kids gravitate towards him. They love him.

Sadly he is retiring after a very successful career. Luckily for my girls he still comes in one or two days a week to help out and teach the rhythms class. It's people like him that help you realize that having a career you love isn't just about the money you make - it's about finding your passion and helping others along the way. Office Depot has teamed up with Adopt-a-Classroom to help raise more awareness for teachers like Mr. B. - teachers that have gone above and beyond the minimum, and you can help. You can help by either registering a classroom or donating to a teacher's classroom.

I fell in love with so many of the personal stories of teachers that Office Max has shared, but the one I've linked below is pretty amazing. This teacher takes junk and helps his students turn it into something incredible for other people.

  • 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

  • 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

Helping our teachers today is investment in our children's future. Teachers change lives
Do you know a teacher that is extra incredible? I'd love to hear your stories!


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

1 comment:

  1. One name....Sandra Swanson! Not only was she an awesome teacher to you and your sister, but she continues to bless each class since. I nominate her!