Thursday, April 6, 2017

2017 French Lick Teacher Blogger Retreat

When and where can we go as educators to become rejuvenated and spark that fire of passion within us? Where can we go to feel appreciated and valued? 

French Lick, Indiana, that is where!!!!

Thanks to an amazing team of educators and companies who worked together to make a weekend retreat that provided educators with an atmosphere of awesomeness, value, admiration, and so much more!

First can I just say the team of educators are amazing! They work so hard to provide us with a weekend that focuses on us, the educator. A weekend that we can meet other educators and just talk and enjoy each other's company. This retreat is not a professional development, it is a bonding experience! It is a weekend where we can get together with the many friends we have made throughout the blogging community and just be ourselves! It is a weekend where we are policy free and we can just be free!!!

For this I thank you!


This year we had a keynote speaker! Principal Gerry!! He was amazing! His message was about school culture! Such an important topic! While he was his funny self, the message was loud and clear!!!

Then we had two more amazing speakers that just totally got our hearts beating and our blood pumping! If you were not enthusiastic before hearing then then you were after!!! They really are true  and wonderful educators who are in the field of education for the right reason.... the kids!!!!!! I love how they stressed that you do not need  to be perfect!!!! Who were these amazing educators??? Wade and Hope King from the Ron Clark Academy!!! We sang and we're given so much encouragement!! I know I couldn't wait to get back into my classroom!!!!

The sessions were amazing!!! Chris Pombonyo was so informative during his technology talk! Dee Dee Wills was amazing during her writing session and Katie Mense was awesome teaching us about PowerPoint! I learned soooo much!!! 

After the sessions, we had the raffle and then we left to get ready for the big night!! The Red Carpet!!!!! 

ESGI was live at this event!

They broadcasted it live!! It was amazing! First we got to walk the red carpet! The decorations were so awesome! They were from one of the sponsors, Oriental Trading! 

Here are some pictures from the amazing night event!!!

Here are some teachers dancing the night away!!! Who says teachers can't dance?!!!!


This event is sponsored by so many amazing companies!!!!

@huehd is such a teacher friendly company! Their products are amazing! Kids love making movies using their animation camera!!!

Oriental Trading is the place where we can get so many amazing things for our classrooms year round!! From decorations to crafts to educational items! 

If you love using technology in your room then Seesaw is an amazing tool for you! This is an online student portfolio and families love the communication!! 


GoNoodle is every teachers best friend! The kids love it! Brain breaks and learning!!! 

Get Your Teach On is an amazing conference experience that is provided to us by some truly amazing educators! This is a must attend event so if you get the chance to go you absolutely must!!!

The pencil grip is an amazing company that offers so many things!! The best item they offer are the Kwik Stix!!! If you haven't tried them then you must! These are a must have! Paint sticks that dry in 90 seconds! No mess! No clean up just smiles!!!

Math manipulative at the finest!! Visit this sponsor, ETA, for some amazing tools for your classroom!

Scentos are amazing and boy, do we educators just love these products!! The smells cheer you up and your kiddos will love using them!!! 
 And last but not least.........

ESGI is an amazing online assessment tool that will literally save you 400 hours a year! 400!!!! Who could use an extra 400 hours?! I know I could!!! Not only does it save you time but your kids will love to be assessed! Isn't that half the battle?!! Go to their site and sign up for a free trial!! You won't be sorry!!!

Just look at the swag we received from these companies!!!

I love the tshirts that were made for this event and I love all of the friends that I have made!!

I can not wait until next year!!! 








  1. LOVED your post! Makes me want to go back right now!!! :)

  2. It was fabulous and so inspiring! I couldn't wait to share with my co-teachers. I'm ready for next year!!