I was so thrilled when a greatly respected teacher and mentor sent me a message earlier this year. Her name is Gwen Vann. She was the most excellent Kindergarten teacher I'd ever met. I remember at a baby shower thrown for CJ by my colleagues at the elementary school Gwen gifted me a book of nursery rhymes and instructed me to make sure that my new little man knew them before coming to kindergarten. What wise instructions she had to share. I remember feeling quite sad that she would be retiring before CJ would enter the doors of kindergarten. She was the type of teacher I knew I could trust with my most prized possession and teach him with the enthusiasm for life and learning that I shared.
Upon retiring, which is a difficult decision for those with teaching in their soul, Gwen had a desire to continue helping in the educational world. Teacher2Teacher Educators Consignment Sale was born out of that desire.
I taught in the public schools for 4 years before resigning to stay at home, raise a family, and eventually find that homeschooling suited our needs. In those 4 years the amount of books, supplies, manipulatives and classroom items that I purchased out of pocket was surprising. Now, 5 years later, the items that have been in storage from teaching 1st grade are starting to be pulled out and used in our homeschool. Having a set of 6 of everything isn't logical anymore. There are materials that may only take us a day or week to learn from, and then what? Storage again? As a homeschooler there are numerous learning tools that are fantastic to have for a short time, but our kids are growing and will soon be onto the next stage of development requiring a different set of manipulatives. I am so thrilled about the Denver Teacher2Teacher Educators Consignment Sale August 1-3, 2014. It will give me a chance as a homeschooler to sell items taking up storage to other homeschoolers and teachers that will love them like we loved them. It will also give me a chance to purchase items that we're now developmentally ready for but certainly don't need to purchase brand new. It's a win-win situation that I'm totally excited about! So, if you're in Colorado and have a need to sell or buy teacher stuff I hope you'll join me at the Teacher2Teacher Educators Consignment Sale! Be sure to "Like" their FaceBook page to help get the word out!