As I was once a "mean old school teacher" (one of Jimmy's favorite names for me), I still think about my teaching days as each September rolls around and a new school year begins. I no longer have children who go out the door with new outfits and new school supplies, but I do have grandchildren, so the cycle continues. Ava is starting second grade at a brand new school this morning. She's a bit nervous, but she will be fine.
I was the first of my siblings to teach.I taught first and second grade and did some subbing before and after full time teaching work. I didn't teach too many years as we started our family and began buying retails drug stores and gift shoppes. My brother was a principal, my two sisters are still teaching, my niece Amanda is beginning her 5th year of teaching, my daughter Gina teaches on the college level in Seattle and my daughter Angie just got a new job in the office at Centennial Middle School. What can i say...it must be in our blood!
This is my whistle from my teaching days. I just had to keep it. It brings back so many memories when I look at it. Ahhhh, recess duty!
Being a collector, I seem to pick up vintage school items here and there and thought it would be fun to put a little grouping together.
I just got this little folk art wooden Mary Had A Little Lamb cut out at the doll show. I couldn't resist.
How things have changed! I'm sure second graders don't do this kind of work anymore. Second grade was my favorite grade to teach.
Isn't this funny? I love the graphics. It's really an odd story but a fun collectable with great graphics.
So as summer closes, this ex teacher has dusted off her project notebook and is ready to start working on her many projects! Company is coming, babysitting begins, a new schedule with dad has started, quilting shows and retreats are on the horizon and oh, don't forget all the holidays. A full life is my classroom now.