It has been almost four weeks since I started teaching and working for K12. If you follow me online or read my blog you know, I’ve had very little extra time to write or engage socially. The crazy thing is I’m working harder now for less money. When I worked to help brands influence purchases and align them with the right social marketing campaign/plan/influencers I made more money but here I am teaching 3rd graders to read and influencing the lives of little ones and I’m in the poor house. Okay, not literally but you get my drift.

It really sucks and is backwards to me.

I read posts and Facebook debates about teachers having it made with their summers off and breaks. My blood boils when I read this and hear anyone say something like this. Unless you’ve walked in the shoes of a teacher you Mrs. Poquette's Pandas have no clue what you’re talking about. A teacher’s pay reflects the months they work. They might opt to have their contract pay be year around pay but they are paid for their days working, just like everyone else. Which is why so many teachers have summer jobs or like me, they blog and consult still.

Yes, I’m getting back into the groove of blogging and I have too because I miss it. I have some great review items coming up I cannot wait to share with you. I can’t wait to tell you about my new eBay collections this week and how my 3rd grade classroom adopted a Giant Panda bear and share with you some online resources and links that I’ve been using and can recommend to parents, children and teachers.

So if you’ve missed me…I’m still here.

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Hello, I’m Sommer and this has been my blogging home since 2007. I’m a juggler of life, a protective mama bear and I enjoy travel, wine, sunshine and good books. I hope that through this site you’ll be able find something that inspires you to live a little greener, healthier and happier. Even if it's just a yummy recipe or a personal story of mine.