Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Little Announcement

And, no, it's not that kind of announcement.  I'm 40, remember?
Not to say that it couldn't happen...but it's really not that kind of announcement.  Swear.

You know how I'm always thanking all of you for making me a better teacher, right?  Well, I'm needing to thank you even more today. 

You see, I was announced as my school's Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014.  I'm still in shock.

I really don't know what to say.  Except this:  I wouldn't have been recognized a few years ago.  Why?

I'll be the first to admit it.  I had grown stale.  Listen, when you've been at this as long as I have, it happens.

But, enter blogging.  And, *poof*!  I'm a changed woman.  I'm a changed teacher.  I'm a better teacher.

You all have made me better.  This community of blogging has made me WANT to BE better.  And for that, I am so truly thankful.

Oh, and there was cake!

And, then there wasn't:

Teachers can eat.


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  2. Congratulations!!! How exciting for you!

  3. Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

    Teaching In Oz

  4. Well deserved!!! I am so happy for you and so super proud to know you and be inspired by you daily:) Congratulations my friend:)))))))

    4th Grade Frolics

  5. Yay! Congratulations! I know exactly what you mean! We just started blogging and I already find myself wanting to be better and shaking off that funk I was in!

    I'm so happy for you! You deserve it!
    Collaboration Cuties

  6. Congratulations Elizabeth!!! What an honor! I'm so glad you were recognized for your amazing talent! :-)


  7. Congratulations!! I know that your are so happy to be recognized!

    Mrs. B's Nook

  8. That is such wonderful news! Congratulations Elizabeth! You are so deserving of the special award. It's great that your hard work, dedication and creativity is being recognized in that way!

    Creative Lesson Cafe

  9. Congrats... what an amazing accomplishment!!

  10. Thanks everyone. I'm tearing up a little reading your sweet comments!

  11. You are such an inspiration!! Congratulations and THANK YOU for all you do to inspire so many others!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  12. Congrats! That is so awesome (and well-deserved!). I know that I have learned so much from you just from reading your blog. Your kids are so lucky to have you!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  13. Congratulations - it is so rewarding to have your efforts recognized (it's not necessary I know - but it is nice!). And 40 is the new 30 - at least that is what I keep telling myself!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  14. Congratulations! I agree- blogging has made me a better teacher (now I just have to be a good housekeeper again... who can clean when they just blog and read blogs?? hee hee)! And don't I know teachers can eat! :-P
    ideas by jivey

  15. Congratulations! Glad to be part of a community of such dedicated educators as yourself.

    Eclectic Educating

  16. awwww!!!! yay!!!!
    it is so amazing at how blogging has made such a difference!
    The Teacher’s Cauldron

  17. Yay E!!! I can't stop smiling for you, this is so well-deserved!! I'm so happy for you :) :) :)

  18. YAAAAAAY!! I love this post- it makes me smile from ear to ear and I am sosososo happy for you!! Rock on, my friend :)

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  19. Congratulations!!! The blogging community has made me become a better teacher too!

  20. Congrats! That is so exciting, and I know you deserve it! I know we all go through a "stale" period at some point or another, but blogging definitely helps keep things fresh. Plus I know TpT helps me a ton!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  21. Congratulations!! This is further proof that time spent blogging should count as continuing ed credits. :)

    Second Grade Math Maniac
    Bear in Mind Blog Design

  22. That is so so so awesome....and so so so well deserved! You make us all want to be better teachers. Congratulations friend! I am so over the moon for you!

    Teaching in Room 6

  23. Congrats, Elizabeth!
    I'm so glad your school is celebrating what we all know so well: You are a wonderful teacher--and a super sweet BlogFriend too!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  24. congrats ELizabeth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Congratulations, Elizabeth!! That's awesome! And you truly deserve it, I'm sure!

    Thrills in Third Grade

  26. Congratulations!!!! That is such big news!

  27. Congratulations! Receiving that honour must have reaffirmed tat all the hard work you put in each and every day is worth it.

  28. Congratulations!!!! That is SO amazing :) You totally deserve it! Thanks for being so honest about your journey to get here. I think you are an amazing teacher and an inspiration!


  29. Whoop Whoop!!! Congratulations Elizabeth! I agree with the previous posts-just by reading your blog you can tell your students are lucky to have you in their daily life! As a new blogger, I always appreciate your comments and help! You've been so friendly to me and you don't even know me! Congratulations to a well deserved woman!!!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  30. Yay girl!!! You so deserve this! Although I'm not surprised, because duhhhhh you are awesome! :)

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

  31. Elizabeth~
    You are fabulous! I have been reading your blog for awhile, and didn't realize until I went to sign in today, that I wasn't listed as a follower..
    I wanted to say THANK YOU and Congratulations.. your posts have helped keep ME motivated as both a teacher and a blogger.
    Teacher of the Year.. well deserved kudos! Enjoy!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  32. Congrats! What an honor! I {Heart} your ideas!


  33. That is wonderful news!! Congratulations!

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  34. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas to help us ALL to be better teachers. Your pictures of the cake made me Laugh.Out.Loud.... a $20 bill would be perfectly safe on the "teacher table" but CAKE will disappear in a flash!

  35. CONGRATS!!!! That is soooo exciting!!! I am so happy for you and you definitely deserve it!! :)

  36. Oh my goodness - it's been TOO long since I've visited you here. I know I've wished you congratulations already, but I just had to do it again ... CONGRATULATIONS!!! SO absolutely well-deserved ... and awesome!!!

  37. Congratulations!! You have totally changed me! I got addicted to blogging by finding your site. was all over. I spent the whole summer reading blogs! You are a great resource to go to when I am burned out on ideas. THank you, thank you for what you do! You deserve to be acknowledged.