Even as a kid I loved taking ordinary things and making them extraordinary. From designing shoebox “hangout” spaces for my stuffed animals to decorating dollhouses like an elementary Johanna Gaines, I’ve been enamored with creating beautiful, homey spaces for all my life. And that didn’t stop when I started my teaching career.
you could find me regularly scouring the internet and, of course, my local Hobby Lobby, in search of letters, graphics and banners for my classroom. But more often than not, what I imagined just didn’t exist. So I’d take to PowerPoint and get to work designing my own.
the more I began to realize that other teachers could benefit from my insanity. Not everyone should have to shop around like crazy or spend hours in Adobe to create a comfortable, authentic space. Teachers spend hours in their room grading, displaying student work, hosting parent teacher conferences, planning with their team, taking a moment to catch their breath and hoping to finish their last sip of hot coffee. This is where you spend eight hours a day. It’s where your students get to see you for you.
So I may have moved on from decorating dollhouses (although my daughter may say differently soon), but I will continue giving teachers the tools to transform their classroom into a home away from home.