I honestly cannot express just how truly life-changing the 40HTW Club is! I joined the club in January 2018, when I was burnt-out and debating if I should be a teacher at all. I was constantly stressed, overwhelmed, and doubting my own abilities. To add to the stress, by the time the 2018-2019 school year came around, I was at a new school, in a new grade, with a new curriculum, newly-engaged, and wedding planning! Not to mention my then-fiance’s father was diagnosed with cancer on the first day of school. This year should have been the craziest, most difficult year of my teaching career. Instead, it was calm, inspiring, and fun! The club truly changed the way I ran my life, and it made all the difference! My husband has even streamlined his work and home life using tips I’ve learned in the club, too! All year, friends and family have constantly told me how amazed they are at how organized, put-together, and calm I am, three adjectives that never would have described me the year before! People at my new school even came to me regularly for organization and streamlining advice! While the year still had its challenges, it was the first year in my 6 year career that I felt like I was actually a good teacher. And while the changes in my classroom were enormous, so were the ones at home. I was able to have plenty of time for wedding planning, relaxing, and weekly date nights! On the last day of school (two days before my wedding!) I was completely calm, my classroom was set-up for the next school year, and I was able to just play games and enjoy my last few moments with my fourth graders. 40HTW truly made me a happier, calmer, more mindful person, and I cannot thank Angela enough for putting this club together. It has truly changed my life, and that’s not an exaggeration!
Written by Cassie, 4th Grade Teacher on January 20, 2020