HI! I’M KAYLA!
I am a former 2nd & 3rd grade math and science teacher in the great state of Texas, and the face behind The Average Teacher. My mission is to help make learning FUN – for both the students and the teacher! I am particularly passionate about math instruction. If you’re looking for guidance on teaching elementary math – I’m your girl!
I struggled with (and hated!) math as a student, but since becoming a teacher, have completely transformed the way I think about math. I’ve made it my mission to help teachers and students alike shift their perspective of math. I strongly believe that EVERYONE can be a math person (yes, even you!) – and it all begins with mindset.
When I’m not helping teachers by creating resources or sharing free tips on my blog, Instagram, Facebook Group, or email – I enjoy spending time at home with my family. I have been married to my husband Aaron for 3 and a half years, and together we have an almost one-year old named Jackson.
In addition to my human housemates, I have 3 fur babies – 2 dogs (Maverick and Dakota) and 1 cat (Nova). I’m also an avid TV binge-watcher and I dabble in baking yummy treats.
BEHIND THE NAME
I opened The Average Teacher Teachers Pay Teachers store in March of 2018. Just prior to that, I discovered a love of curriculum development and became passionate about student engagement – so I melded the two together and began creating engaging resources for my classroom! I decided to open a TpT store shortly thereafter so I could share my resources with others.
I’ll be honest – when I first came up with the name “The Average Teacher,” I thought it was brilliant. It was available on both Instagram AND Teachers Pay Teachers, and the name embodied everything I wanted to represent. Unfortunately, I didn’t foresee that there would also be a lot of confusion surrounding the name…
“Why would you call yourself ‘average?'” people ask me all. the. time. “Don’t you think people will get the wrong idea?”
Uhhh…no, I didn’t think of that. *facepalm*
Too late now!
Actually, I did consider changing it. But I decided that I don’t care what people think. How many businesses have names that are just as confusing and misleading? A lot. But who really thinks about the name once the brand becomes well known? No one.
So, I’m sticking to it because I believe in this name, this brand, this mission. The mission is this:
EVERY teacher — first year or veteran, private school or public school, 1:1 technology or economically challenged — can make learning fun for students.
It doesn’t take a special skill set, years of experience, or a bottomless bank account for your classroom to be a place where students WANT to be. Engagement starts with YOU – an average teacher who desires to teach not-so-average lessons.
I don’t use the word “average” to describe the quality of my (or your!) work, because I know that you are kicking butt in the classroom and doing everything you can for those precious kiddos. I use the word “average” because I’m just like you – a passionate teacher just trying to do my best to do something that matters.
So, what’s your #averageteacher story? I’d love to hear it! Feel free to leave me a comment on the blog, connect with me on social media, or shoot me an email and let’s connect! Head over to the contact page for all my info.