July 23, 2015


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July 18, 2015

Teachers Pay Teachers Sellers Collaborate Across the Country

After attending the 2015 Teachers Pay Teachers Conference in Las Vegas, I was inspired to share the information I learned about the power of collaborating with other TPT sellers.  So... what else was there to do, but go share it with someone!!  I literally left my bags packed after returning home {Louisiana} from Las Vegas, exchanged my dirty clothes for clean clothes, jumped in the car two days later, and drove 12.5 hours east to south Georgia and shared this information with TPT Seller, Samantha {Sam} White!  

I met Sam two years ago when a mutual family member of ours was getting married.  Sam is a first grade teacher in Baxley, Georgia, and I am a second grade teacher in Bossier City, Louisiana.  While conversing at the rehearsal dinner, Sam and I began discussing the amount of money we were spending on TPT to purchase products from other sellers.  It did not take very long for us to realize that we had some serious chemistry and a desire to make a difference in classrooms across the country!  With my first born graduating from high school and preparing to leave home for college, I shared with Sam that I was READY to become a Teachers Pay Teachers Seller.

On July 1, 2013, I gave "birth" to my TPT store naming it "Kelly Avery"..... You are probably thinking, "What an innovative and original store name?!", and I would say, "I know right?!"  LOL!  
I worked feverishly that summer creating product after product that primarily focused on 2nd grade standards/objectives from Common Core State Standards and Pearson Reading Street's reading series.  Although I was creating products which I planned to use in my personal classroom, my store inventory, along with my followers, SLOWLY began to increase!  

Here we are...two years later, and Sam and I are more on fire for designing differentiated, motivating products which promote 100% student engagement for TPT buyers.  Therefore, after reflecting on the information I gained from attending the conference on collaborating with people whom share similar standards and style, it was a MUST that I jump in my Tahoe and drive 12.5 hours east to share this excitement and vision with Sam.  

I would like to introduce to you my collaborating partner, Sam White!  You can locate our TPT stores by clicking on the following links... Mrs. Avery's Island and Mrs. White's Class!  You can also find our Facebook pages by clicking these links:  Mrs. Avery's Island's Facebook Page and Mrs. White's Class' Facebook Page.  I have just recently launched my Instagram, so please come visit me at Mrs. Avery's Island's Instagram!  

We have decided on our "brand" and we are ecstatic and simply can't wait to unveil our first product together!!! #comingsoon  If you happen to collaborate with another TPT seller and can offer us any suggestions on the best ways you communicate with your colleague, PLEASE leave any comments/advice on this post!  We are excited about beginning this journey and linking our ideas together across the 800 miles that separate us!  #teachersfollowteachers #teacherlife #teacherspayteachers #weteach #tptsummersnapshots

Kelly Avery and Samantha White~Summer 2015

July 12, 2015

Teachers Pay Teachers Conference 2015

Wow!!  What an experience it was attending the 2015 Teachers Pay Teachers Conference in Las Vegas.  The Venetian was truly one of the most elaborate and inviting resorts I have ever seen!  (Don't let me fool you, I had a WHOLE new appreciation for Holiday Inn Express after spending the first couple of days chasing my tail around that enormous venue; however, by day three, I had it down pat and navigated around pretty well.)
I can't take credit for this photograph, but to give you a "bird's eye view"of how amazing this place is, I "borrowed" an image from the Internet!  

The moment I stepped off the elevator at the Venetian in "attempt" to locate my room, I stumbled into the sweetest couple {Shaun and Amanda} who could tell I was as lost as a goose!  They were so kind to offer assistance to me.  As Shaun went to inquire from a gentleman, whom appeared to be a Venetian security guard, his beautiful girlfriend asked me, "So are you here for pleasure?"  Of course, my thoughts were...if I say I'm here for the Teachers Pay Teachers Conference, chances are she would not have a clue of what I was talking about.  So instead I replied with, "No, I'm here for a teachers' conference."  She then said, "TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS?!"  I excitedly said, "YES, ARE YOU A SELLER TOO?"  She said, "No, my boyfriend {Shaun} is an employee of TPT.  He is on the Customer Support Team!"  We immediately connected, and I was so grateful that they sorta took me in to pal around with for the entire conference.  
Shaun, Amanda, and me at Senor Frogs

Not only to a gain a plethora of ideas and ways to grow my TPT store, Mrs. Avery's Island,
I met some of the most amazing TPT Sellers from all over the United States.  On my bucket list was to meet the ONE SELLER, Deanna Jump that inspired me to "JUMP" (no pun intended) on this amazing journey two years ago.  What an honor it was to also have the opportunity to meet her amazing TPT partner, Deedee Wills!  They were so encouraging and have eagerly inspired me to want to branch into making collaborative products with a friend of mine!   
These two ladies are absolutely phenomenal and their passion for making a difference in classrooms across the nation with their invaluable resources is so contagious.  

While in Vegas on my very first BUSINESS TRIP {that just sounds so corporate}, I also had the opportunity to reunite and have dinner with a childhood friend that I have not seen in TWENTY-THREE years!!  Meet my friend, Kris.  We went to K-12th grade together.  She was a bridesmaid in my wedding {23 years ago}, and I have not seen her since then because she moved to Vegas after we graduated from high school!  She teaches 5th grade at an elementary school in Las Vegas!  We were able to eat dinner one night at a quaint little restaurant that which just so happened to serve Louisiana cuisine! #imaginethat  She brought a picture to share with me that she had found from our senior prom, so in order for you to appreciate the "dash" between 1989-2015, it's a MUST share....
80's hair, don't care!!  :)

Gracious alive, what an incredible experience I had attending this informational, inspiring, and innovating conference!  Teachers Pay Teachers is an amazing marketplace for anyone interested in becoming the CEO of their own Internet business!  I am so pumped about everything I learned, and I'm ready to kick off my third year as a TPT Premium Seller by implementing these wonderful suggestions.

July 6, 2015

Georgia Bulldog Classroom Bundle

WHO LET THE DAWGS OUT!!!  How much fun it was creating a custom classroom bundle for a customer today in a Georgia Bulldog theme!!  I can't wait to see her 
classroom when she completes it!!!

Click here if you want to get "off the chain"!!  

July 5, 2015

If you are a teacher "WHOO" loves Kagan Structures as much as I do...these reference posters would be a WISE addition to your classroom!!!  Click here to view these posters!!
So excited to be heading to Vegas this week for the TPT National Conference!!!  Looking forward to a great time of fellowship and fun!!  :)