On April 8, 2017, nearly 200 TpTers from 28 states and 4 Canadian provinces flocked to Rochester, NY for the 3rd Annual Northeastern Regional TpT Meet-Up. The excitement and energy at this event is palpable, difficult to capture in words, and such a joy to experience!
Thanks to a dream team of planners, the morning kicked off with beautiful name tags, a delicious donut wall, raffle prizes and giveaways from thoughtful and generous donors, and a hot breakfast provided by Teachers Pay Teachers.
After breakfast, we were treated to an inspiring keynote by Jenny K., 24 workshops led by some amazing Teacher-Authors and local business professionals, and two information-packed panels. The willingness of TpTers to share from their experience and expertise, help one another learn best business practices and grow their TpT stores, and lift as they climb is unique and is one of many factors that sets Teachers Pay Teachers apart as not just a marketplace for Teacher-buyers and Teacher-sellers, but as a supportive community that values teachers and students and cheers them on to success in ways big and small!
After a day of learning, laughing, collaborating, and networking, we gathered together for the big reveal of an art project we had collaborated on. Early in the day, each TpTer completed a small piece of abstract-like art that included their store name and a design of their choice (with the exception of colors — crayons, markers, and colored pencils were provided and instructions were to use only the colors provided to each individual). Two hundred individual pieces were assembled together to reveal a beautiful banner featuring TpT Founder, Paul Edelman, CEO Extraordinnaire Adam Freedman, and Director of Seller Happiness (and all-around-cheerleader-for-students-and-teachers-everywhere), Amy Borrell-Berner.
Designed and assembled by Jenny K., the banner features TpT’s vision statement: “Our dream is to make the expertise and wisdom of all the teachers in the world available to anyone, anywhere, at any time.”
Jenny’s banner and the attendees’ collaborative artwork was a stunning reminder that every TpTer who traveled — on their own time and their own dime — from across two countries to gather together on this crisp April day to hone their skill of curriculum designing is an important piece of a larger puzzle that would be incomplete without the contributions of each and every person present. We all have an important role to play, and without each of us doing our individual parts AND working together as a whole, there will be a hole in this tapestry of teachers who are changing the world. Together, our impact on education is immeasurable, unstoppable, and A.MAZ.ING! No wonder #TpTFlock17 left us feeling like this . . .