Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!


Remember Your Teachers!

This past week I was in charge of putting a luncheon together for the teachers at my daughters’ school.  This was something that I had worked on from the beginning of the year and spent all day Friday decorating, cooking, cleaning, etc. in order to make sure it was truly something special for them.  During the luncheon we also provide the teachers with gifts.  These are provided through generous donations of the parents at the school.

Don’t get my wrong, the actual day of the luncheon can be stressful but I truly enjoy doing this for the teachers at their school.  This is our 3rd year attending the school and the teachers have all been wonderful! I feel they really deserve something special at the end of the year that reminds them that we do appreciate them and all of their hard work.

Often times, it is only the negative comments that get passed on to teachers.  Usually if we are happy we just don’t say anything one way or another.  I feel this luncheon gives them a chance to see how much they are appreciated.  Whether it be through the wonderful food donations we receive, the monetary donations that make it all possible, or the the parents who volunteer their time to help on the day of the luncheon.

My hope is at the end of the day each of these teachers left knowing that they were appreciated very much by the parents of this school and particularly by me! Please remember your child’s teacher at the end of the year this year.  You don’t have to spend a ton of money, a letter just letting them know you did appreciate them can truly mean the world.

Do you do something special for your child’s teacher? Do you feel it is important to let teachers know we appreciate them?

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One Comment on “Remember Your Teachers!”

  • Tammy Summers May 28th, 2011 9:02 pm

    Tiffany, what a great idea. I am sure the teachers were thankful for all you did. All year they have been giving of themselves. I am sure it meant a lot to see somebody giving back to them.

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