Late last year we received an email from Ashley Tisdale, a second-grade teacher in North Carolina, saying she had fallen in love with our personalized Christmas book, ‘Twas the Mouse Who Saved Christmas. She said she wanted to buy a copy for each student in her class… all 18 of them!
I was travelling at the time, but hastily typed back a reply on my phone: (1) we will gladly cut you a break on price and (2) what a generous gesture…how can I enroll my own second-grader in your classroom?!?
Ashley graciously offered to let us share in the joy of her gift with some pictures and a short Q&A:
What’s your passion? What makes you tick?
I am a self-proclaimed DIY rockstar, travel junky, and lifelong learner.
Tell us about your students.
I teach second grade at a Title One school in North Carolina. Most of my students read below grade level but they do show an enjoyment for reading. Watching them grow from the beginning of the year to this point has been inspiring.
What made you decide this was the gift you wanted to give your students?
Instilling a lifelong passion for reading is so important to me so I knew immediately that I wanted to give the students a literacy related gift. I was sorting through my personal library when I came across a personalized Christmas book my mom had made for me when I was four years old. I started searching the internet for customizable Christmas books when I discovered several blogs that mentioned ‘Twas the Mouse Who Saved Christmas. I was so pleased with the reviews, pictures, story, and overall quality that I knew that was what I wanted for my class.
Can you tell us about the kids’ reaction?
They were ecstatic! As soon as they saw the books on their desks, the gasps and busy words of excitement filled the room. Most of them were so happy to have received a gift, they initially didn’t notice that they were personalized. Once they realized their names were in the stories, they went nuts! Their joy was worth every penny.
Postscript: Thank you, Ms. Tisdale, for letting us share in your wonderful gift. And thank you for reaffirming our belief in the power of education and literacy. Something tells me you’ll be remembered as “my favorite teacher” by lots and lots of kids that get lucky enough to pass through your classroom.