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In Appreciation

May 7, 2018

Happy Week, Teachers!

If I could drive all over the state this week and provide every teacher with an apple, I would! I’d say THANK YOU and let you know how much I appreciate the work (and play) that you do each day providing an excellent arts education to every learner!

I hope that your week includes at least one celebration that’s all about you! Perhaps you have a full week planned to celebrate yourself and your colleagues. Pat yourself on the back and yelp so loud that I can hear you – from your school to the Maine Arts Commission!

If you’re interested in letting others know about how grateful you are for someone who supports the work that you do or perhaps someone who has inspired you in the past, you can record your story.  All week long Teacher2Teacher is collecting stories of gratitude.

Click here to record your own message thanking a teacher whose influence, guidance or support made a lasting impression on you and your practice.

You can listen to examples of messages recorded by other educators by scrolling to the bottom of the page. I recorded a message thanking all of the visual and performing arts teachers in Maine and a special shout out to the Teacher Leaders and the Teaching Artists Leaders from the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative.

Have a great week and be sure and do something nice for yourself and your colleagues!


Thank You Teachers

May 5, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Week

imagesI hope that you receive the shiniest and most delicious apple this week from someone who really cares about you. If you don’t, please imagine me presenting you one with a giant hug and a THANK YOU! I know that the path of educational excellence is through teachers who have taken on the challenge and joys of teaching.

Many of you know that I am supportive of the shift to a focus on the importance on leadership in education. Leadership takes on many forms. Some educators lead within their classroom to expand students horizons, always striving to find new ways to help students succeed. Others take on leadership responsibilities within their schools and/or districts. The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) has provided multiple opportunities for educators to step up and take on leadership roles. I believe that everyone has the potential for leadership. I’ve seen plenty of examples of teachers who join MALI and find their voices and go back to their districts and are given leadership roles. They are invited to sit at the table and participate in conversations that are game changers. MALI recognizes and celebrates the good work that Maine educators are doing in their classrooms across the state.

MALI_V3_Color_100ppiThis Friday is the deadline for two MALI opportunities. One is for PK-12 visual and performing arts teachers to apply to be a MALI Teacher Leader. The details of what this involves are located at in a blog called Calling All Teacher Leaders. The second opportunity is for Teaching Artists to become Teaching Artist Leaders (TAL). The details and what this involves are located at in a blog called Calling Teaching Artist Leaders. The second is new territory for MALI and I am excited about the possibilities! Please be sure and email me at if you have any questions about these professional development opportunities.

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Maine’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, Talya Edlund (in blue)

MALI is fully committed to leadership since the impact of influencing leaders is making a huge difference at the district and school level due to the commitment of Teacher Leaders. Ultimately the work of the MALI Teacher Leaders is impacting students education in the arts!

On Tuesday, Talya Edlund, a third-grade teacher at Pond Cove Elementary School in Cape Elizabeth was honored as the 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year, along with teachers from every state at a White House ceremony with President Obama. The ceremony recognized the National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, a history teacher from the John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, CT. During the ceremony President Obama shared this quote that I love by President John F. Kennedy.

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.”

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 7.44.17 AMEveryday each teacher has the potential to influence and shape our nation by the teaching you do. Our young people are our greatest resource and we owe it to them to be the best that we can be at teaching. Thank you for the amazing work you do inspiring and changing student’s lives, going above and beyond day in and day out, for the long days you put in, for the collaboration with your colleagues, the interactions with parents, and for all the things you do as a teacher that go unnoticed. My appreciation for you goes deep and wide – THANK YOU!


Every Kid Needs a Champion

May 9, 2015

Rita Pierson on relationships


Have You Thanked a Teacher?

May 8, 2015

Thank a Teacher

Have you stopped to think this week of a teacher that impacted your life, perhaps even influenced you to become a teacher. If so, have you thanked them? Please take a minute this week and do that!


Thank a Teacher

May 7, 2015

Making a better tomorrow



What Do Teachers Make?

May 6, 2015

Taylor Mali

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week… this needs no intro – THANK YOU Teachers!


Thank you Teachers!

May 4, 2015

In Celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week



May 3, 2015

You are my heroes

I am so fortunate to travel throughout Maine and see, hear, and feel the impact of the work that Visual and Performing Arts educators do throughout our great state. In tiny and large classrooms and schools, each day you go forth teaching young people. I am so grateful and know there are no words to express my appreciation.

This week will be dedicated to the work you do. This is a break in the normal kind of posts. Each day there will be a post that includes messages about how valuable your work is. Imagine I present you with the biggest apple and know that I am grateful! Two apples, one for the work you’ve done and one for the work you will do!





May 7, 2014

Survival Tool

This is part of the Teacher Appreciation Week series. I love to laugh and want to remind/inform you about how essential it is in our crazy, busy lives of teaching!

Laughter is an important item in the teacher’s toolkit. Even though April was National Humor month doesn’t mean its over. In fact, I suggest you take National Teacher Appreciation week to think about laughter. (Just don’t get to serious about this topic). This post is a reminder of the importance of laughter in your educator bag.

I was several years into my teaching career when an administrator (who I had a high level of respect for) pointed out to me that I was taking myself way to seriously. I looked closely at that statement and what that meant to me and to my students. I made a few small changes and to my surprise the environment in my classroom changed. I no longer looked at situations through the same lens but viewed each one uniquely. I thought I had to be serious in order to have control, for my students to be successful, and for my classroom to look a certain way when others visited. As I continued on my teaching journey I realized that one key to a successful classroom was including fun and laughter in every lesson and encouraging my students to be joyful.

When situations move towards being stressful I ask myself how important it is to “tangle”. I remind myself to take the high road and most importantly my bottom line question: Is this a dance or a wrestle? Most often it is a dance – we all know that dancing is more fun!

As the same goes “laughter is some of the best medicine”. Each of us knows how laughter impacts us and in addition the research supports that.


  • activates our natural, brain-boosting endorphins,
  • relieves depression,
  • helps fight cancer growth,
  • relieves frustration and stress,
  • improves our immune system, and
  • enhances oxygen by messaging the liver, kidneys and pancreas.

Laughter can reduce our medical bills and increase our work productivity up to 31%. It is know that people who laugh regularly use less sick-time and often problem-solve more creatively.

Recently I heard that along with the rise of yoga classes there are some laughter yoga classes. I have yet to see this in action however, it sounds intriguing. Some work places are offering yoga laughter classes to help relieve stress. Not to mention the number of calories burned is sure to rise with a large group laughing together. When someone is enjoying a hearty laughter it is difficult not to laugh or at least smile.

A couple of laughter websites to help increase your laughter:

And lastly, Christa Scalies offers the following reasons to add laughter to your survival kit or as I’d like to say your educator bag. Please don’t wait until the next break or vacation from your work to think about how to make laughter an important component of your day.

Laughter helps us de-stress, learn, cope, transcend, recharge, renew, hope, optimize, enjoy, create, meditate, digest, exercise, connect, engage, energize, oxygenate, release, persist, and persevere.

Laughter is an instant vacation. ~ Milton Berle


Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4, 2014

YAY for teachers!

This is the first in the series of blog posts in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-10, 2014. Thank you for the work you do providing and/or supporting quality arts education for all students!


It rolls around only once a year but such an important week to celebrate and intentionally say THANK YOU to each and every teacher for the work that is done each day in classrooms. I know that my small thank you doesn’t express how much I appreciate what you do! Your commitment to teaching does not go unnoticed. The impact that teachers have on students’ is key to their success and the future of the world. I hope that the joys and rewards of each day outweigh the difficult challenges.

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