Elsie's Corner - Where Creativity and Intelligence Meet
Tell us about yourself.
Hello everyone! We are two public school teachers (and cousins), working in New York City.
My name is Lori; I started my teaching career in 1995 as a middle school English teacher. In 2005, I transitioned to elementary school and taught all subject areas in both a general and special education setting. In 2014, I embarked on my career as a Reading Intervention teacher in order to assist and instruct struggling readers. My part in Elsie’s Corner is primarily creating the academic content of each product.
My name is Anthony; I started my teaching career in 2012 as a High School Social Studies teacher. In my first year of teaching, I proved to many of the administrators that I was very good in the technology field. By 2013 I had already been given a full schedule of Video Production and Graphic Design classes. My part in Elsie’s Corner is to take what cousin Lori creates and design the product so that it comes to life. In addition, I create marketing content for social media promotion.
What do you like best about teaching?
We love being intellectual entertainers! Taking rigorous academic content, twisting, turning, and molding it into something that is relatable and engaging for youngsters is very rewarding.
Describe your favorite TpT product.
Although it is difficult to choose; we’d have to say our Book Report LapBook. This little worm has wriggled his way into countless classrooms and judging by the feedback we’ve received, students and teachers just love him! Our Bookworm Lapbook gives students an opportunity to show off their comprehension and analysis of any book. The many interactive foldables included are a fun way for students to display their knowledge and present their book using their individual creativity.
What advice would you give to someone who may want to become a seller at Teachers Pay Teachers?
Slow and steady wins the race. It’s easy to get caught up with the mind-blowing statistics of the teachers who have become millionaires. But for us, it’s all about taking the time (and it does take TIME!) to create products that we love and are proud off. Each of our products are our “babies”. We take the time to nurture and develop them before we put them on the TpT shelf. Sometimes it takes months before a product is ready to go, and that’s okay with us. In the end, we’re far more concerned with quality over quantity.
What have you done or hope to do with your TpT earnings?
Lori: For now, I am using the money to assist in the renovations to my home. One day, I’d like to say that TpT allowed me to live in my dream home!
Anthony: I’ve been putting my TpT savings away into investments for the future. So far, I haven’t spent a dollar of the earnings.
What do you like best about being a member of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative?
We are looking forward to having the opportunity to collaborate with the other members of TBOTEMC. Although going onto the site as a newbie can be a bit overwhelming, after only a few days we are starting to understand what we have to do to get the most out of being a member!
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