Archive for November 16th, 2009

My week in Missouri

Last week I worked with hundreds of teachers in the fine state of Missouri in two great college towns—Fulton, home of Westminster College and Columbia, land of Mizzou!

My trip began at the Stoney Creek Inn, a fun place designed to resemble a lodge. When you drive up, you’re greeted by a life-size moose (felt like I was back in Maine!) standing in a pond filled with live koi. Quite the cool sight! When you enter your room, there is a large stuffed animal on your bed (that you can purchase and take home). I was so startled by the bear on my bed that I actually jumped!

I spoke for the RPDC and at the Primary Reading Conference. It was such fun meeting all the warm and welcoming K-6 educators here during the week! Pictured below are some of the teachers I met as well as some of the sights I saw.

Columbia, MO is a fabulous town to stay in. There are quite a few fine restaurants and cool shops, and I’m so glad I took some time to explore downtown. Many unique galleries and boutiques can be found, including my new favorites– Poppy (poppyarts.com) and Bluestem Missouri Crafts. I even started to do a little Christmas shopping!

Next stops… Arkansas and Philadelphia. On the road again!


Westminster College in Fulton, MO



Large moose greets you outside Stoney Creek Inn


Large bear greets you on your bed!


Met a group of wonderful mother and daughter(s) teachers: Vicki Hammack (Malden), Amy Schoemehl (New Madrid), and Mary Lynn Jones (Scott City)


One teacher had my article from Instructor Magazine with her (I spoke on Spaces & Places) which I signed

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