Monday, January 5, 2015

My Vacation in Arizona

Happy 2015!  I spent my winter break in Phoenix, Arizona with family.  It was wonderful to take some time to slow down and enjoy my surroundings.  We all know I enjoy taking pictures so I will spare you and only pick a few.
If you are reading this post solely for the connection to education, scroll to the last picture.
View from the pool at the resort.
Back of the resort. 
We went hiking at Pinnacle Peak.  It was such a treat to be outside in the sunshine.
Isn't this beautiful?  I love sunrises and sunsets. 
We ate lunch at Ra and I had delicious sushi.  
 Since I was on the west coast of course I also had In and Out during my vacation.
Here comes the connection to education...
At the resort I had free drink and food access in the concierge throughout the day/night.  The concierge staff members smile, greet me by name, participate in conversations, and take care of me.  Coincidentally teachers do the same with their students.

Unfortunately, my dad is unable to eat most of the desserts at the concierge due to his nut allergy.  My dad stays at this resort often so the staff knows him well.  As I was finishing my dessert one of the staff members brought out a key lime pie {not an option at the dessert buffet}.  They remembered that it was my dad's favorite dessert and wanted to make sure he was accommodated.  My dad was so excited that they went out of their way to make him happy.  At school we should have the same considerations for our students.

As we start the new year, reflect on what you do to make your classroom a positive experience for the students.  Remember it is the small things that take up the biggest part of our heart.  Often times, this is what students remember about their teachers.

Have a good week.  Stay warm! 


  1. It's all about relationship the Dad story...Melissa

  2. You have such an interesting blog. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading your posts. All the best for your future blogging journey.

  3. Great connections Allie! And, just as jealous for your time in the warmer weather! Isn't it amazing how we as educators take every experience in our lives and connect back to kids?! Love how you intertwined your trip to Zona with your teaching back here in Ohio.
    Thanks again for sharing!