Teacher Appreciation Giveaway

I am so honored to be a teacher.  I am just as humbled to have you share my journey as a teacher by reading this blog.  Each day, I am inspired to do better because of you.  Your ideas, units, crafts, recommendations, and comments keep me going.

I can not think of a better way to say "Thank you" than by hosting a giveaway.  Recently, I was contacted by EAI to review a few of their products.  

My class and I used these  Ten Frame Match Games as part of our Math Routines and Math Work Stations. Oh, my!  I love these!  They are Common Core aligned and address many of the skills that my students needed additional practice with for mastery. 

I also was able to sample their SmartPAL Jr. Sleeves.  

The protective sleeves are sturdy and erase easily and cleanly.  Children can place the paper in the sleeve on their own.  The colors and size is great, too.  In fact, I have contemplated using them as displays for my student's writing and artwork due to the quality of this item.  

EAI has graciously agreed to give a set of these SmartPAL Jr. Sleeves to a Follower of my blog.  To enter, comment below with your email address.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, leave the name of your favorite childhood teacher or a teacher that inspires you today.  I will select a winner on Saturday, May 12th.  

In addition, EAI is offering an exclusive offer to Followers of my blog.  You will get free shipping for orders over $30 by entering this code: LWMPFREESHP13.  

Update:  Winner selected and notified via email.  

Thank you for sharing your teacher stories.  These stories were great reminders that we can make a difference in a child's life and future.

Happy Teaching!
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Giveaway is open to US residents only.  
All opinions of these products are my own.


  1. The main reason I am a teacher is because of Mrs. Kissling. She was one of my son's teachers and because of her hard work and dedication he started on a road that led to college despite his learning disabilities. She encouraged me to go for my teaching credential even though I was in my 30's at the time.cbartram@kitcarsonschool. com

  2. I am a teacher because of my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Morris. She made learning fun and I remember never wanting to be absent. When I began college and my path towards becoming a teacher, I always reflected back to that year and how I felt as a student. I wanted to be just like her. Mrs.VanDegriftsclass@gmail.com

  3. My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Glass inspired me to become a teacher. She helped me have a love for learning and made me want to grow up to be a teacher like her!
    Renee Stewart

  4. I loved to play school as a child. Ms. Gerada taught me I could be anything I desired and gave me the confidence and self esteem I needed to become the teacher I am today.

  5. As far back as I can remember, I knew that teaching was what I wanted to do "when I grew up." I had many great teachers in my years of school and I can still name them all. My kindergarten and 1st grade teachers were so fun. I remember hatching chickens in Mrs. Breazeale's first grade class!! There were so many that shaped me into what I am today!

  6. Wow- I LOVED school, and there were so many wonderful teachers, so it's hard to choose just one. I think that Mrs. Quirk was the one that totally sparked a love of reading, although I KNOW those before had laid the groundwork. I reflect on those days when I think of how I want my classroom environment to be- a place where the kids WANT to be. cathy.edington@gmail.com

  7. I have a few teachers whom I remember made a difference in my life, Ms. Adams, my kinder teacher. You could tell she really cared about her students. She took the time to find out who we were and reached out to help where it was needed. My third grade teacher, Ms. Stone. She taught out of the box, we never knew what was going to happen next keeping us excited about learning. My seventh grade teacher, Mr. Harris, who saw the potential in me that others either lack to see or did not care to look. He helped me through a rough time in my life and showed me through my math work, what I can accomplish. Sometimes we forget the real difference in a child's life we can make, but when I remember what those teachers did for me, it was more than teaching, it makes me want to be that teacher my children remember when they look back one day.

  8. I'm pretty sure my favorite teacher would be my 10th grade chemistry teacher, Mrs. Roberts. She genuinely took on the "mother" role as a teacher and cared so much for all of us. Every now and then she would let us borrow and use her glitter pens and it just made our day! She had a brag board in which she cut out high school news articles and posted any that had her students in it. We always felt welcomed and loved!

  9. Hi Sylvia,
    Every night, when I say my blessing, I always add being a teacher. I love greeting my children every day. I love having the power to change children's lives in a positive way. I had many favorite teachers as a child, but I would have to say that there are two teachers at my school that influence me daily. They have been teaching a LONG time, but they still love it and it shows. I want to be like that. I don't ever want to lose the passion.
    On a side note, I was introduced to those sleeves at a common core conference and they are WONDERFUL. I wanted a class set so badly, but didn't have the funds. I have my fingers and toes crossed.

  10. Mrs. Phillips! Kindergarten! She loved music! wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com

  11. My inspiration for becoming a teacher is Mrs. Daily, my first grade teacher. She was very sweet and even helped me to get a job in the same county I went to school in. Teachers are amazing!!

    Christin (christin.d.may@gmail.com)

  12. Mrs. Parker my fourth grade teacher was truly an inspiration. She created the insatiable reading bug that has lead to many an adventure. She was motivating and created a safe place to express oneself with her creativity and excitement for her students. Thank you forever!


  13. I am a teacher because of Mrs. Anderson, my second grade teacher. She started off the year by having us learn this motto: Good, better, best. May you never rest. Until your good is better. And your better, best.

    Who would have thought clear back then, that a simple motto would become my motto for life? She made learning a magical experience. I have tried to follow in her footsteps.


  14. My favorite teacher was my second grade teacher, Mrs. Bean. She was always kind and supportive and just seemed to make learning fun! She had a little cardboard school house in our classroom that we could use during free play and at the end of the year she decided to raffle it off and I won! I had that little cardboard house for about 2 years in my bedroom where I would teach to all of my dolls and stuffed animals! She was definitely my inspiration for becoming a teacher!


  15. My favorite teacher growing up was Mr. Ward, my science teacher. He made learning so much fun. I looked forward to being in science class. Mr. Ward was challenging yet kept us motivated to learn.

  16. My favorite teacher was my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Wilson. I remember writing poems each month and at the end of the year, we all had our own booklet of poems to take with us. That school, year I moved to a new school over the Christmas break. She wrote the sweetest poem to me at the back of my poem booklet, I will never forget her. She made me feel very important, and I wanted to be that same caring teacher to bring out the good in every child. I appreciate her giving that gift to me to be able to share with others. pks0221@suddenlink.net
    I would love to win the SmartPal sleeves!

  17. I am a teacher today because of my first grade teacher, Mrs. Barksdale. I remember going to her house and playing with her daughter back in the day. I remember I had the chicken pox and she asked me why I was absent and I told her we went on vacation. I thought that she'd be disappointed in me getting sick....that's how much I adored her! Now as I head to kindergarten next year, I think of some of the activities she used to do with us that I'd like to try (I've only taught intermediate grades for the past 18 years and this is my first "primary" job....scary...yet exciting too! Thank you for offering this giveaway. It is greatly appreciated especially now as I'm preparing for kinder :)

    Stephanie Ann
    Sparkling in Third Grade

  18. Mrs. Lang, my first grade teacher.

  19. I never thought of myself being a teacher bc everyone wanted me to be a teacher. My grandma, aunts, and of course my mother, who passed away when I was 5, were all teachers. I finally dedicated my journey to become a teacher after I had children & realized that was my calling too. I love my job most days and have always wanted to make the same difference in other's lives like my mother did. Thanks, Jackie

  20. Ms. Mackey my HS English teacher

  21. I am in dire need of games and activities for math centers/tubs for next year.

  22. Ok--I'm too excited about this and keep forgetting to put everything in one comment--I teach 1st grade adn Mrs. Lavendar (HOW COOL IS HER NAME?) was my favorite years (1st grade)

  23. Mrs. Bucy was my favorite teacher. She was funny! She made learning fun. capleysclass@gmail.com

  24. It was mrs. Hamilton my first grade teacher...she wore black tights and I loved everything about her. Even when I was in grade 5 I would go to the corner store for her to buy a slice of cheese and a slice of name for her lunch!! I adored her! Thank you Mrs.H. For making me the teacher I am!

  25. I stumbled into my love of teaching through a program called Teach for America. I have stayed in teaching because of inspiring teachers like Mrs. Kim who stayed in the classroom teaching as she was suffering from cancer until she passed.

  26. I always wanted to be a teacher. I remember when I found out I had Mr. DePompeo for 6th grade I was worried because I heard that he really liked science (I didn't) - well that year, I loved science because of him. My 10th & 11th grade math teacher, Mr. Payne, made math fun & was an excellent teacher. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

  27. I always wanted to be a teacher, too. I remember lining up my stuffed animals and teaching them well before I started going to school. I was writing numbers and letters with chalk on the side of our polished dark brown bookcase. My parents weren't too happy about it, since even after I erased everything before they could see it, under a certain angle you could still see every single thing I wrote on it. :)
    My favorite teacher was my elementary school teacher who had us from 1st through 3rd grade (different school system in Ukraine). Her name is Valentina Pavlovna Radionova. She was the best teacher I've ever had and is a great person. Almost 30 years later, despite the fact that now I live an ocean away from her, we still keep in touch.
    Also my son's favorite teacher was his 1st grade teacher - Ms. Parker. ;) (Actually I found your blog while trying to find her a few years ago (she moved to a different school district.)
    Thank you for your blog and for the giveaway. And also for the free shipping coupon for EIA, I'm stocking up today! :)

  28. My high school math teacher inspired me to be a teacher and was my favorite of all time!

  29. The year was 1967 when after my dad had completed basic training, we would all move from our warn little island all the way to where he would be stationed: a military base in Southern Alabama, me and my whole puertorrican family. I was taken out of kindergarten in the middle of the school year. My mom decided not to send me to school until I knew “enough” English, which at the time we arrived, I knew none! Segregation was the “norm” at that time, but my parents were assured that at the base school there would be none of that. Reality however, was completely different. Being in the South, diplomacy was considered and art. So… I was placed in the “international classroom”. An euphemism for all those who were not blonde and blue eyed. My teacher was Mrs. Easterling and she was GREAT! She never made us feel different, or that we couldn’t do what we were supposed to. In fact, she was our advocate, our protector. She went to the lunchroom and to recess with us even when it wasn’t her turn to do lunch and/or recess duty. She was there for us. She was our defender and inspiration. She made learning fun, interesting engaging and powerful. She gave us choices and told us it was ok to make mistakes because that’s one way to learn. After a year with her, you felt you could conquer the world., no matter what the color of your akin was, the language that you spoke or the politics involved. Her lesson to us: YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, JUST GO FOR IT!
    Thanks to her I’m a first grade teacher, teaching at an army base school and teaching those non-English speaking first graders. I teach them and help give them what she gave to us: believe in yourself and you will succeed! Thank you Mrs. Easterling for believing in me always!

  30. My email is Conchy.Marcano@gmail.com

  31. My favorite childhood teacher was my first grade teacher Mrs. Jones. She was such an amazing an inspirational teacher! bl3982@yahoo.com

  32. My favorite teacher was my 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Crews. One of your earlier posts was about students calling us "momma". Well, my mother passed away from cancer in the spring of my first grade year. Mrs. Crews went over and above to nurture me and help me through the toughest part of my life. She was loving and compassionate and spent extra time with me during the day and even after school and on occasional weekends. kgnteachmb@hotmail.com


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