Friday, August 7, 2015

Last Friday a group of 30 fabulous Virginia teacher bloggers {including myself!} descended upon the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club for an afternoon of networking, laughs, food, drinks, and some incredible swag and prizes! It was an incredible time, and well worth all of the planning and logistics that went into it. I want to share some of the experience with you!

First of all, I have to tell you how absolutely AMAZING all of our sponsors were to work with for this event. If you are making any back-to-school purchases this year, I really urge you to consider purchasing from these businesses and individuals -- they truly value teachers and aren't afraid to show it!

A HUGE thank you goes especially to Educents (one of THE best companies around!) for helping with the costs of the meetup and providing some FANTASTIC swag! Make sure you check out their new Educents Wallet feature to get all of those resources for your classroom at a steep discount! If you sign-up for a new teacher wallet account you'll receive $10 to spend on your classroom -- who couldn't use $10?!

We had over $4,000 in prizes thanks to these fantastic folks! Sarah from There's No Place Like Second did an incredible job getting all of these fabulous donations for us!

Nikki from Teaching in Progress and Rachel from Mrs. O Knows were terrific hosts!

Check our our FANTASTIC sponsors:

And some AMAZING TpT sellers that contributed raffle prizes or digital swag:

1. Hands down my favorite moments(s) were getting to meet and talk to all of the fabulous Virginia bloggers. These women (men, where are you at?????) are absolutely incredible! Get ready for the VA is for Teachers collaborative blog that we are about to launch this month. It will be Ahhhh-mazing :)

2. This was the first time this Techie Teacher used a selfie stick! My husband and I constantly make fun of them when we see them out on our traveling adventures but I have to say, it is pretty cool tool. Alissa, from Fun in Fifth, just happened to order a selfie stick for her classroom (LOVE...the kids will be so excited to use that thing!) that happened to be in her car. Little did we know that one of the selfies would be represented on the TpT Facebook page. Holla!

3. I WON a door prize. It wasn't just any old door prize. It was AWESOME. Jessica over at The Teaching Oasis sells Thirty-One bags and donated a personalized utility tote. I CAN'T WAIT for it to come in! Also, Teacher Created Resources donated a $25 gift card that was in my prize bag. Wooooo hoooo! Thank you!!


You can see more fun meetup photos by looking at the hashtag #VATeacherBloggersMeet on Instagram, or by looking at the photo album!

Some of the fantastic Virginia teacher bloggers from the meetup are linking up with Sarah from There's No Place Like Second Grade to share their favorite moments and photo memories from the meetup, as well as share their swag and prizes! Be sure and check-out their posts!

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  1. As I read this, I had a number of thoughts. First and foremost, I must spend more time with you at the next meet-up. Second, it was so good to see your smiling face come in the door, like an old friend! Third, I'd be honored to raid your closet because each and every dress you wear is exactly my taste. I think in addition to sharing your tech savviness, you should feel free to also share your fashion secrets. You rock, girlfriend!

    Mrs O Knows

    1. You are SO sweet! I totally agree...we MUST hang out A LOT next meet up. November???