Summer vacation and relaxation tend to go hand and hand, but not necessarily for teachers. Some educators start preparing for the new school year as early as June to make sure they're ready to give your child all they need to be successful.
"Teachers love kids and they're just so excited to get them," said 3rd grade teacher for Rolling Hills Elementary, Stephannie Owen.
Owen has been a teaching for nearly four years. She says it's her calling.
"That moment when a kid has been struggling and struggling and they finally get it, it's the best feeling," said Owen. "It's the absolute best part of my job."
Owen is one of the many school teachers turning the page to a new academic year.
"I always look forward to meeting the new kids coming in," said 1st grade teacher for Rolling Hills Elementary, Kendra Tatro.
Tatro says getting ready for back to school is a job in itself. She started preparing for this school year when last school year ended.
"I got rid of a lot of old stuff I knew I wouldn't use," said Tatro. "We have to pack up everything, get everything off the floors and then, of course, when it's time to come back to school, we have to unpack everything and put it back in order how we want it."
Both Tatro and Owen spent the summer break working on fulfilling their hours of required training, preparing lesson plans and getting the classroom in order.
"We are constantly researching the latest ideas, looking online for some cute ideas, and trying to figure out what we're going to do different in the classroom this year," said Owen.
One of the toughest things is getting the proper school supplies. Many teachers in our area pay for their own supplies, which gets expensive.
"Anything that's not supplied or the students don't bring, then of course I will provide what I can," said Tatro. "I've already bought mine for the year, I'll probably end up buying more."
Some teachers can spend a couple hundred dollars on the supplies they need, but most teachers agree it's all part of the job to help make each student succeed.
Many of the school districts in our area are always accepting school supply donations. Some of the common supplies a teacher needs are Clorox Wipes, zip lock bags, and dry erase markers.