What’s so special about Vegas.

What’s so special about Vegas?
The gambling?
The lights?
The entertainment?
What is so special about my time in Vegas was the chance to meet, collaborate, and bond with like minded teachers.
Teachers who wanted to make a difference in their classrooms and classrooms around the world.
Teachers who shared their ideas and tips with one another.
Teachers who “like” your posts on Instagram or comment on your blog posts, and hug you hard, as if you’ve been friends for years.
Those teachers, made my time in Vegas truly special. 

Last year, I had the wonderful opportunity to go to the first official Teachers Pay Teachers conference.  It was also a lot of fun  You can read all about last year’s adventure here.
I didn’t even think it was possible, but this year was even better!  I learned so much, met so many amazing people and had the time of my life!

Let me walk you through my time in Vegas.
I arrived Monday night and went straight to bed.  My flight got in at 12:30 a.m Las Vegas time which was 3:30 a.m. on the East Coast. I was exhausted! The next morning I had to get up to attend my first session at I teach K!
The next day, I woke up super early and got ready for a day of learning.  I grabbed some coffee and a snack and headed up to register and to check out the Expo (where vendors were showing off their goods), before going to my first session.
I didn’t make it to my first session because I got so enthralled with the people in the Expo center.
I’m a people person and once I start talking…I kind of can’t turn off.
I’m a super extrovert and the people at all the different booths were extroverts too.
I was in heaven.

And then I met an angel…
If you haven’t heard of Show and Tell Aprons yet…
click on the name and find out more about how awesome she is.
I’ll wait.
How awesome are those aprons!?  
A little background, Sandra and I met last year at the Expo and we hit it off!
Of course when she met me I was rockin’ a purple tutu!
Well that tutu inspired her to do a like of tutu aprons.
Tutu aprons.
And when we say each other we could not stop talking about how much we loved each other.
She’s the best.
And she is making me my very own custom tutu apron!
I die.
Here’s a shot of the two of us:
Isn’t she the best?  She let me model one of the tutu aprons!
Can you even? I can’t even! 

I even got a chance to kick with some of the best male early childhood educators in the world!
Not only are these guys smart, they are so kind and generous.
If you aren’t follow, The Male Kindergarten Teacher, Famous in First or the notorious Smorgie,
then click on their names and start following!

I also had a blast goofing around at the SDE photo booth with Keri from Enchanted Kindergarten!

I finally stopped talking long enough to get myself to my next session.
My presenter was Autumn from The Primary Techie.
When I say she was awesome…that is an understatement.
She has some of the best, thoughtful, and well planned ideas I have ever seen.
She was great!
I went to some amazing sessions during the I teach K conference 
but Autumn’s presentation blew me away!

You all know about GoNoodle right?  Well, I had the amazing opportunity
to work at their booth during the conference.
And “working” the booth is just code word for dancing.
I had a blast doing the Pop See Ko with Freckles!

Wednesday night was the HUGE blogger meet up. I was so excited to meet so many fabulous teachers and teacher bloggers. I even wore my fancy tutu for this special event!

Selfie Stick photo!

I finally got to meet the AMAZING Natalie, one half of What the Teacher Wants.
I think we became best friends that night!

The next day was the first day of the TpT conference.
Thursday was full of great collaboration opportunities.
I went to a Kindergarten Meet and Greet and got to know some amazing kindergarten TpT sellers.
I learned a ton in my sessions and could not wait to see what Friday’s full day would offer.

When I woke up on Friday and put on my pink tutu…I had no idea what the day had in store for me.

First, I jumped on the elevator with my girls,
Mary from Adventures in Kindergarten and Jillian from Starr Spangled Planner.

We grabbed some coffee and a quick snack and found our seats and waited for the
Welcome and Keynote speeches to begin.
We listened to words of wisdom from Amy and Matt, two very important members of team TpT.
And then…


Paul Edelman the founder of Teachers Pay Teachers gave a very inspiring speech.
He talked about the HUGE effect TpT has
made on teachers, classrooms, and students all over the world.
He talked about how we are more than just sellers…how we embody this essence…he called

and then…
this picture of my friends and I at last year’s conference appeared .

and then…

Paul asked, “Is The Tutu Teacher here?”
and I lost it.


And stood up and waved to the thousand or so people
in the room and sat down quickly to freak out in private.

Honestly, I don’t remember what happened after that because I was
dizzy with excitement and gratitude.

Of all the people in all of TpT land to shout out and recognize…
little ol’ me?
I know I’ve mentioned how it’s easy to feel like a little fish in a big sea. Whether you’re blogging or selling on TpT or just trying to survive your first year teaching.
It’s tough.
And sometimes you feel like your hard work goes unrecognized or isn’t appreciated.
And sometimes it isn’t.
But sometimes it is in the most wonderful ways.
This was one of those times for me.
I was so humbled and honored and ecstatic and lots of other adjectives.
Thank you Paul.

Friday’s sessions were amazing and I learned a ton.
I filled my notebook with ideas and plans and “Gotta dos”!
I was so inspired by this conference…
not just to do better as a seller, but do better as a teacher.
To try different ways to reach my kiddos.
To try to inspire other teachers to inspire their students too.
To really and truly embody the idea of
wherever I go.

I had an amazing time.
I wish I had more time to meet more people!
If you didn’t go this year, or last year…please look into going in 2016.
It’s so worth it.

If you took a picture with me in Vegas, could you please email it to me at thetututeacher@gmail.com?
I’d love to include it in the pictures below.

Here are a few more pics of my experience in Vegas.


1 Comment

  1. Teaching in the Tongass
    July 19, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    I didn't get a photo of us, but just wanted to say it was so nice seeing you again! You are so cute and I just love your energy!!!