Teachers Change Lives

viking This year has been quite a change from my everyday.

I was happy to receive Teacher of the Year for my school. Did I tell you all that? Life goes on … I just got a sweet parking spot + the congrats of a few.

Sometimes I wonder if I make a difference. Sometimes I wonder why I do this. I think I post alot about how most do not realize I’m not a photographer + designer. I’m a teacher. At an alternative high school first + foremost. I love my job. I love my students. I have been here 7 years + despite so many asking why I do it … I respond the same. I love it. I walk down the street + see my students. See them in a local convenience store. Sometimes I forget their name. They never forget mine. I smile.

So often, due to lack of funds, it’s hard … I know in my own classroom in a school building from 1910, where no gas is within the school, it’s tricky to have a chemistry lab. But we do it. You improvise.

Too often you hear that teachers spend money out of their own pocket for their students. I think people forget that. In this current climate in my state where teachers are the enemy, you forget. We are perceived as greedy. We don’t care about the kids.

Take a moment to thank a teacher and think how can you help out? In any way? Have you ever even thought about it? Office Depot works in conjunction with Adopt a Classroom to raise awareness about teachers, and all that they do in the lives of their students. It hit home. Big time. Anything you can do to enhance the learning environment for students … think karma. It comes back to you.

Consider donating to Cassie Cox, a teacher at an alternative high school in Utah. This is the last stop for students before dropping out. Cassie is a former drop out who went on to earn her Masters Degree, and wants the same for her students. She gives them a second chance, and a new way to look at learning. This hit so close to home since I work in a similar school.

Want to donate? Find a teacher that speaks to you + help:

  1. Go to Teachers Change Lives website (http://clvr.li/1emq4KF)
  2. Click on the teal “Donate to a Teacher” box on the Teachers Change Lives website (http://clvr.li/1emq4KF), which will take you to the Adopt-A-Classroom website
  3. Follow the corresponding steps from there

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


An Old Friend | Atlantic City Childrens Photographer

Years ago in which seems like another life, Ken and I used to hang out with some amazing people. Life gets in the way + you lose touch. Not totally. But to the point where you no longer see them every Thursday night at the Anchorage or hitting up the Wave at the Trump Marina. Then, one day you get to hang out + it’s like you never lost touch. You can chat like 10 years did not go by. This happened with Jen + I … and I was lucky enough to get to meet her little guy.
Courtney Keim | Atlantic City Childrens Photographer