I am a lifelong Special Education teacher who is dually certified in Elementary Education. I have been Nationally Board Certified since 2002. My friends have affectionately referred to me as the "Queen" since I served my state as the "2004 Florida Teacher of the Year." My number one mission has always been simply "to make a difference."
Several years ago, we studied the book, Fish! as a whole school book study. When we came back to school in January that year we came back to the faculty Dining Room turned into the Chets Creek Crab Shack! We enjoyed fried fish, cheese grits and coleslaw with homemade desserts during our lunch time. Since then the Chets Creek Crab Shack has become an annual teacher appreciation event to boost morale. The Principal dresses as a fisherman with her red felt crab hat and allows each teacher to draw a prize from her fish bucket. As teachers come in she yells - Welcome to the Crab Shack, much like they do at the original world famous Pike Place Fish Market. Teachers enjoy gift certificates to Target and Books-a-million, bags of baked goldfish crackers, gummy worms for "bait" and even real goldfish that decorate the table as prizes. The Fish Fry is a reminder to us all of the lessons we learned when we studied Fish!