Fast forward ten years and that became a reality for me. School did become my job! Right after college, I was hired as a first grade teacher at a new, k-8 school. So August to June, 8-3, Monday through Friday - that was my job. It was a job that lit a fire in me; a passion I knew I had yet was finally getting to exercise. Watching little minds grow and serving families in my community meant more to me than I knew. Here's the thing people don't know about most teachers though... it's not just an August to June, 8-3, Monday through Friday job for us. I loved the families I worked with and it wasn't uncommon to find me sitting at one of my student's tee ball games on a Saturday or a dance recital on Friday night. I attended birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese, stopped by family holiday parties, visited kids in hospitals, brought sick moms dinners, and the list could go on and on. School was my job, but I loved working with the families and children and that wasn't just an Monday through Friday, 8-3 job.
A number of years into my career, I met a handsome guy and go figure he was studying to be a teacher! Fast forward a few more years, he was done with his graduate work and got a job at our local high school, his alma mater. He was actually hired to teach special ed- we were so thrilled and felt like it was where he was supposed to be. This new special ed teacher soon became my husband... and Monte and I started our lives together. So school was my life and school was his life! We understood the commitment we both had to our students and their learning and we had this new commitment to each other as husband and wife. He wasn't attending tee ball games, but he coached his high schoolers in sports. He had worried parents calling him at all hours about their kids' grades and finals. He even had a student call and ask If he'd help him get into a rehab center... he was always going above and beyond the Monday through Friday, 8-3 hours.
Life has brought our family in a new direction- Monte still teaches special education at his alma mater, but I stay home with our two children, and we own a small business now. School. It still is a major part of our lives- Monte still has the August through June, 8-3, Monday through Friday schedule although I watch him
add in countless hours before and afterschool. I teach, although it's in a different manner now: teaching kids how to put on their shoes, teaching kids how to eat with a fork, how to wipe up messes, how to pet the dog. Definitely a change for me, but I absolutely enjoy it.
One thing I loved when I worked at a school site was serving the community... so we've brought that attitude of giving into our business. We strive to give our best to each customer. We strive to honor our first responders, military, and loved ones we have lost far too soon. We strive to help out our customers and the local community. We'd love to support the local schools and for the month of December through January 31st, we will donate 10% of sales to the local special education departments. We know teachers go above and beyond to serve their students and families so we'd like to thank them and support them.
School. We've all been there. We've all done it. For us, it is our way of life so Monte and I know the hard work that teachers put into their careers. Let's help support the special education teachers and show them the community appreciates them and all they do!! Get your orders in now at www.martellas.com to donate!