This is where I was last weekend! I probably shouldn’t have went (according to my Dad) because I was still recovering from my recent neurosurgery and was still pretty tired and slow moving. But, there was nowhere on Earth I would have rather been!!! You could NOT have kept me away!! Imagine a room filled with 200 of THE best teachers from around the country. Teachers who chose to spend their “free time” Collaborating with other teachers. These are the most devoted, creative and inspiring teachers you will ever meet! I was soooo lucky to be a part of this awesome weekend!
AND, here’s where we got to stay!!! The French Lick Resort! Such a beautiful place!
The first thing that Erin and I did when we got there was a fun little photo scavenger hunt created by It All Started with Flubber. We got there Friday afternoon. Not many people were there yet. So, that’s how we spent our time. We had sooooo much fun finding this stuff!!! All of our pics are in IG. I’m telling you, NO ONE else was posting….so, we thought we had this IN. THE. BAG. Well, apparently, you didn’t have to post on IG to win. Hahahahahahahaha!!! Oh well. It was a blast!!
So, before I get started telling you ALL about the Retreat, I have to talk about this girl right here! Do you know her?? If not, you should!! This is Holly Ehle from Mrs. Ehle’s Kindergarten Connections. Holly is one of THE MOST GIVING, caring, creative, devoted, SELFLESS, happy, amazing people that I know. I just can’t say enough good things about her. She is just SUCH a GOOD person and I am a better person, Mom and Teacher for knowing her. I just love her so much and I’m so blessed to call her my friend.
SHE is the person who organizes, orchestrates, delegates and pulls this WHOLE meet-up together for all of us out of the kindness of her heart. She tries to give the credit to everyone else! And yes, this lady has a WHOLE. LOT. of talented friends who pitch in. But, Holly is the person responsible for this meet-up. I wish you could have heard her speak. She’s the kind of person that just inspires you to be a better person.
Here is the phrase that we chose for this weekend. This is one thing that Holly and I collaborated on. She wanted an 80s theme. And, she wanted the word to be “Passion”. Well when you have 80s and “Passion” what is the first thing that pops into your head??? Ummmmm… #flashdance!!!!! Am I right???? LOL!
Here is me and my friend Erin from Erin’s ink posing in front of it.
My friend, Chad, from Male Kindergarten teacher created this video to go with our theme!! Sooo talented!
How lucky were we to have TPT Amy, our director of Happiness come join us for the entire weekend?? We LOVE Amy!!! She definitely makes us happy!!! she is just a happy person with a contagious smile and genuinely cares about the TPT community and truly wants to get to know everyone that she can “in real life”. 🙂
Now, let’s talk meet-up! Talk about “Passion”!!! This room was filled with some of the most passionate teachers that you will ever meet in your life!! AND, you guys, it was so, so good to see my blog buddies!!! I don’t get to see them very often! So, when i do, it’s a BIG deal!
If you look at the top, right picture…that’s our “Teacher Tool Swap”. This is the Kindergarten group (which is ALWAYS the biggest). Each person brings a favorite Teacher tool, wraps in up and we do a gift exchange. It’s soooo fun to see and hear about what everyone gets!
AND, I got to see this precious little thing!!! Isn’t she a living doll?!?! It’s Amelia Frances!!! “Francy”‘s lucky Momma is Elizabeth from Kickin’ it in Kindergarten. And, look!!! She is even wearing the awesome converse I bought for her!!! Soooo cute!!!!
After the Teacher Tool Swap, we broke into discussion groups. I lead discussions for all 4 sessions. I did two sessions on Blogging and two on Centers for the Primary grades.
Last, but certainly not least at the meet-up, we had soooooo many AMAZING sponsors!!!!
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Sooooo Many amazing sponsors who just LOVE teachers so much, they VERY generously gave back!!! Gotta LOVE companies like that!!
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SDE also gave away several conference registrations!!! Including TWO to ANY nationals conference!!! I’m presenting in Vegas this Summer at I Teach K!!! Is that seriously my picture on the brochure next to some of THE best teachers in the world??? Ahhhhhh!!! #pinchme #imightpuke
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Here’s a look at everything that EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. got in their SWAG bag!!!
Here’s a list of all of our AMAZING sponsors!!!
That night, we all got dressed up for the EPIC 80s party!!!!!! I CANNOT even tell you how much FUN this was!
SO. MUCH. FUN!!!
Photo Booth?!?! Yes. Please!!! Thanks, Gonoodle!!!
In the morning, it was time to say good-bye to our friends, new and old. That’s always the hardest part!! 🙁
We wore our new T-Shirts!!! I LOVE how they turned out!!! This was also done through collaboration! Holly told me what she wanted, I designed the front, Brittany Banister designed the back and she sent them to be printed on Baseball tees!!!! LOVE baseball tees!! Aren’t they cute??? Great idea, Brittany!!! That MADE the shirt!!!!!
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