Hi! I am Kori Clark from Paper and Pigtails, where I blog when I am not working on digital illustrations and graphic designs! I am sharing a teacher appreciation gift card printable I created today, and I am so thrilled, as teachers are so close to my heart! My mom was a teacher for over 30 years. I remember many afternoons and nights of her grading papers, working on lesson plans, making games and activities for “her kids”, and staying late at the school to organize and decorate her class to encourage little minds! I never thought much of it growing up, it was just her job. As I got older and then became a mom myself I realized how amazing her career really was, and how she was driven by a passion for helping children. She, like most teachers are not driven by success, or money, or power and fame…she was driven by the little 5 year old who made pancakes for herself before school on her birthday, because no one else was awake. She was driven by the kids who needed someone to believe in them so they could come out of their shell. She spent her own money and resources many times to help her class. In fact, she loved teaching and being with the kids so much, that even after she retired, she couldn’t leave. Now she is a substitute and works 2-3 days a week at least. My daughter started kindergarten this past year and I hoped for someone with as much love and passion for teaching as my mom has…then I met the kindergarten teachers at my daughter’s school and they all do! I am so grateful that there are such beautiful people in this world to guide, teach, and love our children when they aren’t with us.
Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May. Through all of April I am excited to share some amazing ideas from some of the most wonderful bloggers for my Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas series! It’s a great month! You will be totally prepared with ideas to thank your teachers!