We first talked with Amy Lemons’ in a TpT’s weekly newsletter a little over a year ago. Her family’s experience is a touching example of just how much TpT can change lives. When you purchase from TpT, you’re giving back to teachers. As, Elaine said recently on our Facebook page: “supporting fellow teachers feels so good.”
Take a moment to learn a little more about Amy Lemons.
1. What’s the most significant thing that your work as a seller on TpT has helped you to achieve?
You have probably heard me say this before, but I’ll say it again… my sweet daughter, Joelle! When I first started on TpT all of my earnings would go towards our adoption fund. Because of the support that I received through blogging and selling, we were able to bring her home from Africa without any hiccups. The Lord definitely blessed our family in a HUGE way. Stay tuned because we *may* be adding to our family again very soon 🙂
2. How have your products evolved over time?
I have learned so much just in the two short years that I have been making products. It’s kind of crazy how quickly things evolve around here. The units that I create are to fill a need in my classroom, but I also want them to be useful in other classrooms as well. Over time I have realized that my products need to be teacher-friendly and full of activities that will engage the students without taking hours to prepare in advance. Teachers are busy, and I try to take that into account.
3. How do you connect and collaborate with other TpT Teacher-Authors?
One of my favorite things about TpT is the relationships that I have gained. I never knew that I would have friends all over the country, and that I would be able to meet them in real life! I am lucky to have a major support system made up of some of the BEST TpT sellers. We bounce ideas off of each other, send a little encouragement when needed, and are each other’s #1 cheerleaders. I have been blessed to meet up with other sellers in Chicago, Nashville, Salt Lake City, and Dallas. I can’t wait to meet even more amazing authors in Vegas this summer!
4. You have a popular blog (two, in fact!). What are your goals with your blogs and how do you find time to do everything?
Oh time… don’t you just wish we had more hours in a day?! Before I had children I would spend my afternoons making, creating, and blogging. Now, I am having to learn how to balance it all. How can I be a mother, wife, teacher, friend, sister, etc with so few hours in a day? It’s so difficult to do everything at 100%, but my blogs are very important to me. Blogging is where I find my release from what’s going on in the world. It’s a hobby, and something that I look forward to each week! I try to blog at least 2 times per week, but sometimes life just gets in the way.
5. What’s your favorite part of your teaching day?
Math Stations, no doubt! I love seeing my students excited about learning! We are able to spiral math concepts because of math stations which helps my students retain what they learned for longer periods of time. No longer am I teaching a concept and then moving on without revisiting it throughout the year! It’s even more fun because they don’t realize that they are learning!
It’s always illuminating to spend time with TpT Teacher-Authors. Catch all of our 5 Questions posts.