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Cashing in their graduation gift...a brunch date with Miss Rush! ❤️#craftyteacherladyteaches

Finally used the gift certificate I received from the WHS Class of 2017 as a thank you for being their advisor for four years! I'll be honest...it's been a rough summer for me personally and I'm sort of looking forward to the routine that the new school year will provide. Treating myself to a 90 minute massage today was also a great escape and perfect activity for my last week of vacation! Thanks kids!! 😊 #lifewithcraftyteacherlady #craftyteacherladyteaches

Graduation week has come to a close and I've ushered my third class through four years of fundraisers & activities in my role as advisor! As stressful as it can be at times (not to mention the toll it takes on juggling time for my normal teaching duties), I can say that being an advisor allows me to get to know kids better outside of the classroom and does provide a sense of satisfaction when all is said and done! Here's a look back at some of the fun we had this week! If you are wondering why some of the kids are dressed in costumes, it's a tradition on Class Day (their last day before graduation) for them to dress up as what they wanted to be 'when they grew up'! Good luck kiddos! I'm rooting for you!! ❤️ #craftyteacherladyteaches

This is almost the end of my 13th year as a teacher and in that time I've taught at only two schools. After 8 years at my previous school, I made the tough decision to pursue a job at a school closer to where I live. It was a scary decision to leave the only teaching community I had known, a place where I was comfortable, had a good relationship with colleagues, and had some 'street cred' with my students! I knew that the transition to a new school wouldn't be easy but I didn't anticipate how lonely and sad I would feel on the first day at a new school, not knowing or having a relationship with any students. As I walked down the hall, no one said 'hey Miss Rush' or asked how my summer was, no one came to visit to tell me about their summer break, and no one knew me as anything other than this random adult pushing a loud metal cart down the hallway (I taught in 5 different rooms that year)! Half-way through that first day I went into the staff room and cried, partly from being a bit overwhelmed but mostly because I kept thinking how happy the first day of school usually is when you have connections with kiddos! It's now been five years and the fact that the seniors chose to dedicate the yearbook to me this year really makes me reflect back on that first day of that first year as a teacher here at WHS. Building relationships with your students is the MOST important part of being a teacher, and although you may not become close with ALL of them, you can try to SHOW them all that you care with little daily actions. Many of my students (past and present) follow this account, so let me just say publicly how much you all mean to me and how proud I am to be your teacher! ❤️ And please remember two lessons from this story...1)Taking risks and leaving your comfort zone is hard but it's those chances that often end up offering the most rewards 2) New transitions are scary & even the first day of school can be tough for grown-ups, too, but it WILL get easier! 😊

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Day 2 of the @wcsingers tour ended with some beautiful songs in a gorgeous setting! I love listening to these kiddos sing! #craftyteacherladyteaches #chaperonelife

It's the last day of regular classes!! Feeling extra special due to a seriously thoughtful student who knows my love of thrifting runs deep! Haha! THANK YOU to all my students who took the time to offer a kind word of thanks, both written and/or spoken! It truly means the world to me! Have a wonderful summer! ❤️ #craftyteacherladyteaches #teachersofinstagram #goodwill

Oh you know, just a little 'Hamilton' reenactment in class today, with some creative liberties, of course! 😂 #craftyteacherladyteaches

The @wcsingers Eagles visited the ESS Eagles on tour today in PEI! I never miss a chance at playing dress up and making new friends! 😂 #craftyteacherladyteaches #chaperonelife

Heading across the border this week on tour with the @wcsingers! Fun fact about me...I'm half Canadian (Mom is from Montreal) so this pin pretty much sums up my existence! Haha! We are heading to New Brunswick and PEI, two places I have yet to explore! #craftyteacherladyteaches #chaperonelife #ohcanada

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Looking for some Halloween costume inspiration? Head on over to the blog! Direct link in my profile! I'd say my favorites over the years were 'crazy cat lady' and Elliot/Et (I rode a mountain bike around school 😂🙈)!! #craftyteacherladyteaches
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One of the many cool aspects of being part of the IG community is being able to connect with lots of great people and companies who share similar passions and interests! When @matchbackorg reached out to me and asked if I'd like to partner with them, I did some research (as I always do #teacher 😊) and found their mission aligns well with something I'm very passionate about as a high school teacher- positively impacting the lives of teens! ✏️MatchBack is a subscription box service that partners with a different charity each month to design a custom tee & hat combo! But the BEST PART is that MatchBack.org also partners with youth organizations all over the country and for every hat/tee delivered to your door, a matching set is delivered as a gift to a youth in need! How awesome is that?! This is a subscription box that you can feel really great about each month and would make an awesome gift, too! ✏️Matchback.org is offering free shipping with the code 'crafty' for all of my followers! #craftyteacherladyteaches
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I've been a bit absent on social media lately due primarily to my duties as both a teacher and as homecoming coordinator! This year we are trying two events we haven't had in many, many years- a mid-week bonfire and a semi-formal dance happening this weekend! I hope my students can look back on their time at WHS with some fond memories and new (old) traditions! #craftyteacherladyteaches #homecoming2017 #teach #teachersofinstagram #highschoolteacher #igersmaine #highschool

This evening I had the honor of speaking to a group of 70+ aspiring educators @umainefarmington! In my 14 years as an educator, I've certainly learned a lot about 'the art of teaching' and hope I was able to offer any sort of helpful information, humor, and maybe even some inspiration! I felt like it was just yesterday when I was in college studying education, eagerly anticipating my future teaching career! Thanks for being such a gracious and energetic audience despite the fact that Maine is experiencing a heat wave and the room had no air conditioning! Probably not unlike most classrooms in which you'll end up! Haha! 🍎📚✏️ #craftyteacherladyteaches #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #futureteacher

Had a fun virtual chat with a former student who's now writing for the @goodwillnne blog! I shared my love of thrifting and how much of my classroom decor, storage, and furniture was thrifted! The link to the article is in my profile (and there's a video tour of my classroom, too)! 🍎📚✏️ #craftyteacherladyteaches
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Year 14 has officially started!! 🍎✏️📚🎉
I'm totally making my new freshman homeroom students pose with this board when I meet them tomorrow (different wording of course)! We will be together for 4 years so they'd better get used to me taking lots photos of them and listening to my corny jokes and requests for them to bring me donuts! 🤗🍩 Can't wait to meet all my upperclassman kiddos on Wednesday! #craftyteacherladyteaches .
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This school year is going to be particularly challenging for me {and many of my colleagues} for a variety of reasons. As I start my 14th year of teaching in a couple of weeks, I've come to know that one of the essential elements needed for teachers to thrive is to surround themselves with a 'teacher tribe' on whom to rely. They laugh with you, offer support, help find solutions, and, let's face it, let you vent when you just need to process challenging situations! So, my advice to any teachers feeling isolated and overwhelmed is to find/create your #teachertribe! Because let's face it, no one understands teacher life better than those who are living it right along with you! 📚✏️🍎#craftyteacherladyteaches
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Super excited to share that I was recently interviewed about the personal finance course I teach and the podcast episode came out today! If you're looking for something to listen to on your commute (or at the beach if you're still on summer vacation), you can find the episode on your podcast app under 'Next Gen Personal Finance' and I've put a link to the episode in my profile! Have a listen and let me know what you think! 🤗 #craftyteacherladyteaches
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Teacher friends, I've been loving all of the #onceastudentnowateacher posts so here's my contribution! On the left is my high school senior portrait and on the right is my first day of my 13th year teaching high school (year 14 starts in a month 😬)!! Incidentally, I teach at the same high school that I attended all those years ago! Boy has this old gal learned some important life lessons since then! ❤️ #craftyteacherladyteaches #teach #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo #highschoolseniorphotos #highschoolteacher

Cashing in their graduation gift...a brunch date with Miss Rush! ❤️#craftyteacherladyteaches

Teacher friends, I'm starting a 3-part series all about financial literacy & part 1 of the series is up on the blog right now! I can honestly say that teaching a personal finance course to high school seniors is incredibly rewarding and truly makes me feel as though I'm having a positive impact on the lives of my students as they transition from high school into the 'real world'! Plus, it's soooo fun to teach! If any of my former students are reading this, comment below and tell me if you've thought about or used any of the skills we covered in SPFC ⬇️!! And for the rest of you, what financial skills do you wish you had learned when you were younger? 😊🍎✏️📚#craftyteacherladyteaches .
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It's the last day of regular classes!! Feeling extra special due to a seriously thoughtful student who knows my love of thrifting runs deep! Haha! THANK YOU to all my students who took the time to offer a kind word of thanks, both written and/or spoken! It truly means the world to me! Have a wonderful summer! ❤️ #craftyteacherladyteaches #teachersofinstagram #goodwill

Graduation week has come to a close and I've ushered my third class through four years of fundraisers & activities in my role as advisor! As stressful as it can be at times (not to mention the toll it takes on juggling time for my normal teaching duties), I can say that being an advisor allows me to get to know kids better outside of the classroom and does provide a sense of satisfaction when all is said and done! Here's a look back at some of the fun we had this week! If you are wondering why some of the kids are dressed in costumes, it's a tradition on Class Day (their last day before graduation) for them to dress up as what they wanted to be 'when they grew up'! Good luck kiddos! I'm rooting for you!! ❤️ #craftyteacherladyteaches

Teacher Feet Up Friday! It's been a loooong week but we made it to the weekend and the seniors made it through their last week of regular classes (next week...finals week)! And YAY for hot pink rain shoes and gifts from thoughtful students! 💗#craftyteacherladyteaches #craftyteacherladystyle
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Our school lunches are really THE BEST!! Today one of our health classes got to make and serve a meal they had planned and they chose one of my all time favorites, chicken and waffles!! Baked chicken, home made crispy waffles, real Maine maple syrup, berries (and a side of fresh veggies, not pictured)! I love that so many kids went to lunch thinking this combination of foods sounded 'gross' but tried it and loved it! I am continually amazed at the awesome job our food service staff does to expose kids to so many new foods! #craftyteacherladyteaches #craftyteacherladyeats
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Oh you know, just a little 'Hamilton' reenactment in class today, with some creative liberties, of course! 😂 #craftyteacherladyteaches

As Teacher Appreciation Week approaches, I urge you to take even a brief moment to stop and tell an educator in your life, past or present, 'thank you'. ✏️This could be for something small like greeting you each day with a smile and a 'good morning' or giving up a Sunday afternoon to make 100+ Valentines 'just because'. It could be for staying after school countless times for extra help, or giving up a prep period to review 'just one more time' before the big test. It could be for chaperoning field trips or the prom or dressing up in a powdered wig to make lessons engaging. It could be for writing you a glowing recommendation or lending a listening ear when you're struggling with 'life'. It could be for being a really tough grader because they know you can do better or giving you a lecture because they know you ARE better. It could be for buying endless amounts of coupon books to places they never eat/shop or letting you 'borrow' pencils even though you never give them back! It could be for telling really corny jokes to keep things light or forcing you to think critically so you'll be a well-rounded adult. It could be for simply teaching you some 'stuff' you didn't know! Or it could be just because they've chosen a life of service to your community. ✏️Whatever the reason, big or small, I urge you to take a moment to connect with a teacher or mentor who has had a positive impact on your life because I can assure you, it's these connections and expressions of gratitude that truly mean all the difference to teachers everywhere! ❤️📚✏️🍎 #craftyteacherladyteaches #teacherappreciationweek2017
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Back home from a whirlwind spring break trip around Atlantic Canada with the @wcsingers! Although giving up my break may sound like a sacrifice, listening to these kiddos sing the same songs day after day NEVER got old as they are a seriously talented group of young people with angelic voices and such stage presence. Chaperoning trips like this also reminds me of the part of being a high school teacher that I most enjoy- getting to know the kids better, talking & laughing with them, and seeing them explore new places and participate in new experiences. Plus, I walked away with a pretty sweet award from the seniors! ❤️☀️ #craftyteacherladyteaches #chaperonelife .
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