Posted on May 3, 2013 by Amy Forsell
After twenty-four years of teaching, my mom is hanging it up in just three short weeks. I was fortunate to be able to attend her district-sponsored retirement dinner last night and bear witness to the the beginning of closure on this chapter of her life. It felt momentous, and I’m not even the one retiring.
Retirement a big dead end? A period of napping before imminent death? Not so much. These retiring teachers, my mom included, are planning some envy-inspiring trips across the country and across the ocean. The school district gifted my mom with a lovely custom printed watch, similar to this one, only hers benefitted from the addition of some sparkly rhinestones. The inscription on the back thanked her for her years of service.
Considering how much the recently retireds and the soon-to-be retireds are planning on jet-setting around the globe in the upcoming months and years, my mind couldn’t help but to wander to other appropriate promotional gifts these amazing people could use.
An iPad is an easy way to stay connected with the world, family, and friends while on the go. These customized iPad cases allow those iPads to become super portable laptops with the addition of a Bluetooth keyboard. Want to really wow your retiring teachers? Print up these cases to give to them along with their very own iPad.
All of the lovely ladies retiring last night bragged on their grandchildren. Photos were being flashed left and right. These digital photo frames keep a mountain’s worth of photos in one convenient location, easy to transport from hotel room to cottage on the beach to European villa.
With so many devices to charge in the modern world (not to mention hair dryers), no one wants to be faced with an electrical plug that won’t fit in the outlet. This handy kit takes care of that problem.
This high quality, durable bag provides easy access to devices that need to be removed during security checks at the airport. Anyone who’s ever experienced the joy of removing their shoes and laptop and shuffling through the irritating, long line in socks knows the importance of a bag that’s easy to work with. This bag will do the trick.
Do you think those retirees will need to charge their devices on the go? I do. These portable chargers are a great way to get that objective accomplished.
Looking for some inspirational quotes about teachers to print on your promotional products? Check out this post for a list of 35 succinct quotes we like.
My mom concluded her own amazing speech last night with a longer quote. It may not fit on a promotional product, but it’s worth sharing nevertheless.
“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instruction of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated of de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.” ~Haim G. Ginott
Thanks, Mom, for twenty-four years of hard work and dedication to your students. Those kids hit the jackpot when they landed you as their second grade teacher. I hit the jackpot when I was born your daughter. I may be celebrating my fortieth birthday next month, but I continue to learn and strive to be a better person thanks to your example. You’ll always be my teacher!