Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Teacher Feature Tuesday: Katie Orr

We are so very excited to kick off this part of our new schedule! We have had such a great response from our fellow TpT teacher-authors and bloggers!

Our first featured teacher is:
Katie Orr

Katie has taught 4th grade previously, but she is currently a reading interventionist for a 5th and 6th grade center. This was her first year as a reading interventionist, and she is loving it! 
Katie Orr's TpT store opened in August 2012. You can check out her TpT store: Katie Orr and her blog: Mind Sparks

Why do you teach?
"Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.  In fact all through out my schooling, I never even considered another career.  Growing up I had some amazing teachers--and they inspired me to be a teacher. I know it is cliche---but I really do love working with kids. :)  Their love of learning, innocence and positive attitudes is contagious!"

Why did you open your TpT store?
"When I accepted my job as a reading interventionist for 5th and 6th graders, I quickly realized there was a lack of resources for my students.  So......I started making reading resources, lesson plans, graphic organizers, games and more games for my students.  Teachers in my building kept asking to borrow what I was making, and urged me to start a TPT store.....so I did! :)"
How has TpT made a difference in your life personally and/or professionally?
"I can't begin to explain the difference TPT has made for me! Personally it has helped me save money---and who doesn't love that!!  Professionally I have connected with some amazing educators....who have given me invaluable ideas, feedback and suggestions on how to help my students.  I also have discovered some great blogs---with some awesome tips and tricks for teaching.  TPT has just done wonders for me personally and professionally!!!  I LOVE IT!!"
I wish someone had told me...(share some advice for TpT sellers)
"...to upgrade my membership sooner!!  I know it seems like a lot of money at first--but it is so worth it!"

We've taken some time to snoop around her store and we are loving her great resources! Head on over and check out what Katie Orr has to offer! We're hoping she'll be back to share some of her great freebies with us one Friday!


  1. Steph and Manda---thank you! You guys made me sound waaaay better than I actually am. :) I am honored to be your first feature. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Mind Sparks

    1. We are so glad to have you be a part of features!