Teacher’s Outfit Ideas
I used Polyvore.com to try to get some ideas on what a teacher should be wearing. Here’s what I chose and why:
Navy blue dress, $36 - A simple dress with can be put with almost anything. Boots, flats, tights, leggings, a cardigan, a sweater, a jean jacket, a bright blazer. ANYTHING. It’s easy to move in, flattering and very professional.
TOMS green flat shoes, $45 - I will always respect a teacher with some brightly colored, fun shoes. Tom’s are great too because they’re very comfortable and would perfect for a field trip that requires plenty of walking. Plus! If you buy a pair, one pair goes towards a child in need, that’s pretty awesome.
Ballet flat shoes, $17 - A pair of nude flats go with any outfit and slip some insoles in and they’re perfect for all day use. Very professional looking and not distracting.
Fluid tie-neck blouse, $40 - Not necessarily the ideal color chose, but the idea is there. Something comfortable. That’s what is most important for a teacher. COMFORT, COMFORT, COMFORT. While still looking professional.
Ann Taylor denim jeans, $50 - A flair jean has always looked good on me. This may not go for others, but it gives me more of an hourglass figure. I like these because their dark, a flattering color on all. You should look for a pair of pants that don’t go all the way around you with out contouring to your bum. Gotta get a good pair of pants, none of the kids want to see buttcrack!
American Apparel Casio Ladies Wristwatch, $48 - I will constantly be need to wear a watch, I as am not to show the tattoo their. This watch is great because it’s simple and goes with everything. It also looks very expensive, will being pretty responsibly priced.
Quiksilver sheer blouse, $38 -This is an adorable blouse. Good for all seasons and very professional looking. Would look great with a pair of skinny jeans and boots. Maybe even paired with a simple cream scarf. I also love a shirt with a little pattern on it. Fun teacher!
J Brand cigarette jeans, $375 - It was not my intention to pick a pair of pants over $300, definitely an accident since I’ve never spent more than $100 on pants and never intend to. ANYWAY, what I really love about cigarette style jeans is you can do so much with them. Put boots over them or role them up ’50s style and pair with some flats. Tops are easy too. A good “go-to” pair of pants.
Forever 21 Button shirt, $20 - A good sweater for the fall and winter. Something that can go with a skirt, jeans or even over a dress. Stripes are in right now, especially an ombre style which could be very fun as a teacher! Colorful!
Vero Moda Safran Knee Skirt, $45 - I love the color of this skirt. I’d look great with boots or flats. Though I could never wear flats with a skirt without showing the tattoo on my ankle, but it would still be perfect with boots! The skirt cannot go past the knees, something that can be tricky with dresses and skirts thought definitely possible! Remember, if you’re uncertain if appropriate, don’t wear it.
Windsor Store Tan Knee High Riding Boots, $39 - Boots are great for teachers! Just make sure the heal isn’t too high, gotta stay comfy! Good with leggings and a skirt or dress or with jeans and a plain t-shirt! You can go fancy or casual with boots! That’s the beauty of them!
H&M knitted scarve, $13 - Scarfs. The perfect and simple accessory. Every girl should have one. All colors and all types. Just makes sure they won’t get in your way!
Oasis twill jacket, $40 - This isn’t really a jacket.. It’s more a fancy cardigan. I love this charcoal color. Charcoal compliments any color and is great for the fall. This cardigan would go really well with a scarf, preferable purple or maroon.
J Crew j crew cardigan, $30 - CARDIGANS. I feel like every girl needs at least 5. One for every work day. They go with everything. Don’t argue with me. All colors and all styles are welcome. Female teachers of the world, CARDIGANS.
I received an email on the 12th of November, a Monday, from a professor and mentor of mine Roxanne Rose-Duthworth (Rock, for short). It read:
Would you be interested in working 20 hours a week at bca as a teaching assistant? Pay is $10 an hour.
Um. DUH! Was my first thought. As a student at a community college whose been in school for almost 4 years and feels like she’s getting no where, this is an amazing opportunity for me.
I quickly called my parents who told me I’d be an absolutely idiot to not take this opportunity. Rock is one of the most well established educators I have come to know. In 1996 she was one of 36 to be nominated for the American Teacher Award presented by Walt Disney. She’s also written 2 textbooks (I own both) and she now owns her own private Elementary School. This woman is brilliant and being given this opportunity to work by her side comes once in a lifetime.
Immediately I responded to her email saying, WHEN AND WHERE (not really.. but you get the point). She asked me to come in on Thursday morning to do a trial run in which the primary teacher would test my skills, also informing me that they were looking at other candidates and basically not to get my hopes up. Either way, I was honored that she even thought of me.
Wednesday night came and I set my alarm clock early, chose my outfit for the next day. While I wanted to go to sleep early.. I had a hair dying fiasco that had to be dealt with so I didn’t go in looking like a carrot-root fool. The alarm went off at 6:45 and I shot out of bed, went to the bathroom and changed into my outfit.. which I later changed out of because I was unsatisfied. I wore blue jeans, which I ’50s style cuffed, a white shoulder cut top that was belted at the waist (like a really thin ribbon style belt), a green cardigan and an oxford style of romping around shoes (I was pretty disappointed in the shoes.. I was looking for my black flats but they’ve seemed to fallen into some kind of black hole never to return). I also covered my bumble bee tattoo with a white watch and replaced my nose ring with a very small, barely visible stud (I know the nose stud is O.K. because another teacher has one).
I arrived at Bridgeway Christian Academy a solid 15 minutes early. The school was very quite and I went in where Rock greeted me and told me how excited she was that I was able to make it. I met Kerry Syre (Mrs. Syre) who immediately put me to work on a very impromptu Thanksgiving art project (see picture below). It was pretty easy to execute, took me about a half hour to put together, then I headed into the classroom where the kids were working and practicing their rhyming with Kerry (“give me a the word of the utensil you use to eat ceral” “SPOON” “give me a word that rhymes with spoon that’s in the sky” “MOON”). I sat quietly in the back of the classroom and continued working on what I was given.
After about 10 minutes, she introduced me to the classroom calling me “Miss Sarah”, which honestly made me so happy to hear. Then she invited first student to come over to me and work on their Thanksgiving art project with me. Tirian, a Kindergarten student, was the first. A very sweet, quite boy who was very excited to begin the project, especially when we revealed the “Thanks” at the end. We continued on, staining my hands multiple colors of green and yellow (see picture), and all the students were so genuinely curious about who I was, something I think that is lost when you get older.
I worked with the kids for about 2 hours and got through all of the Kindergarten and First graders, until they had to go to Chapel. Once they left, Mrs. Syre sat down with me and asked me a couple of questions about my previous experience (which isn’t very impressive), she told me that she was really pleased with the work I go done today and thanked me for helping her with the last minute project. I said goodbye, feeling pretty good about what I had done, though not really expecting anything from it seeing that my schedule is horrible this quarter and I couldn’t imagine them really wanting to work around it.
Later that night, after a great nap and seeing my boyfriend, Casey, who had just gone with this family to get his Dad an absolutely adorable puppy, I received a call from Rock. I was very nervous for some reason, even though I had already come to terms with the fact that nothing would come of this. When I answered Rock was very warm and friendly, as she always it, and she asked me to join the team at Bridgeway. I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT. I, Sarah Jane Elliott, was being invited to become a teacher’s assistant without even starting my degree. She told me that Kerry was very impressed with my skills, how I executed something she threw at me last minutes, how I quietly worked with students and caused no disruptions, even how I professionally dress (though I was worried about the shoes and blue jeans). Kerry told Rock that I looked like a teacher and she could see me as a teacher.
I’m thrilled. Still kind of reeling and up in the clouds. Almost waiting to wake up from this dream. Both Rock and Kerry informed me that I would essential become a secondary teacher, I would learn the lessons plans and implement with the kids, I would also do my own disciplining and conflict resolving, I would almost be an equal the Kerry in a way.
I cannot wait to get started. More to come!