Oklahoma Teacher Walkout

It's no secret that I love documenting. But you might not know that besides being a photographer, I am also a teacher! I spent seven years in the classroom before staying home for seven years raising my little ones. But now that they are not so little anymore, I'm ready to head back to school to do something I know I'm meant to do. I can't wait to take my photography skills into the classroom to capture all sorts of happenings there!

This past February, amid all sorts of changes going on in my home, I decided it was time to teach again. It was a wild time to make a decision like that, because there was a lot of unrest in Oklahoma education at the time. The teacher walkout buzz was beginning and I couldn't wait to jump in and support my fellow educators.

Fast forward to April 2nd, when the walkout began. My mentor in teaching, Michelle, asked if I wanted to go to the Capitol with her and my answer was an instant "YES!" It was an amazing experience, and we went again a few days later. I wished we could have been there every day, but with little kids at home, that just wasn't possible. However, I am so glad I took my camera on one of those days because I was able to capture the spirit and message of so many teachers who were fighting for their schools and students.

A little progress was made, but there is still a looooong way to go. I plan to do my best to meet the needs of my students in the fall, even with the limited supplies and support that we will receive. And don't worry, I will still be taking clients and scheduling sessions as usual. After all, I'll be on a teacher salary -- I've gotta supplement it with something!