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Meet my Guest of Honor – Rachel Barber

1605668Today’s Guest of Honor is Rachel Barber and she is the teacher behind Terrific Teachings TeachersPayTeachers store and Terrific Teachings blog. She can also be found on her Facebook page! Please visit all these locations and leave her some “love” 😉

Here are Rachel’s answers to my interview:


How long have you been a teacher?

This is my fifth year.

Why did you become a teacher?

I have always loved kids, but after I got my AA degree I took a job as a paraprofessional in a public school pre-k program. I fell in love with the kids and knew this was my calling!

Which grades have you taught so far?

I have taught pre-k and pre-k CWC, kindergarten, and I am currently teaching third grade math and science. I love my kids…a lot! I try to do everything I can to make sure they have a positive yet challenging experience at school. I want them to love math, and I try to convey that with my lessons. I really work to create problem solvers and kids who can do higher order thinking skills. I am teaching the CCSS and align all of my resources to this. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to be able to teach.

What subjects do you rather teach?

I like them all really!

What is your favorite aspect of being a teacher?

I love seeing those “ah-ha!” moments when you know that a student really gets it. I also love to see all the amazing growth students make and knowing that I helped them achieve that.

Tell us about the teacher that most made an impression on you as a student.

I had a teacher in high school who was really, really tough. His course was harder than a lot of my college courses. However, he was so enthusiastic and really pushed everyone to do their best. One day he came in to class in full plate metal (it was a World History course). He had fun with what he did and was always entertaining.

Tell us a funny/interesting story that happened to you during your career as a teacher.

During my first year of teaching, I had a CWC pre-k room. I had one student who had special needs who would sometimes take off all of his clothes while having a fit. Well, he decides to do this during my first official tornado drill. I have to take a completely naked young student into the hallway with the rest of my class! The principal totally understood (he knew this student) and helped me dress him while we managed the other twenty 4 year olds in their first drill!

What advice would you give a new teacher? (Something that you wish you had known when you first started.)

Always be flexible. Share and listen. Be kind to everyone.
The first year really is the hardest, and there will probably be some days when you will cry after work! Don’t worry! It will pass!

What does your ideal classroom look like? 

Due to a lot of hard work, my ideal room would look pretty close to what my room looks like now! 🙂

What drove you into becoming a Teacher-Author at TeachersPayTeachers?

I had been on the site for a long time and was inspired by all the ideas. I realized that I have been making lesson plans for years now, and thought it would be really cool if some of my ideas could help others as well.

From all the products in your store, which one is your favorite and why?

Many people have found these very helpful for when they are sick. They say I’ve saved them a lot of hours of work. 🙂


Anything else about yourself that you would like us to know?

Teaching is a passion, a calling, and a love. I feel like I’m lucky to have the best job in the world.


I hope you enjoyed reading about today’s Guest of Honor! Don’t forget to follow this blog and get to know more of my guests 😉

Take care,


Always a Teacher & Forever a Mom

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