This is Ted Daniel Edinger - otherwise known as Mr. E!
The NAEA conference scheduled over 1,000 sessions. There were so many amazing sounding sessions that were held at the same time so it was really difficult to choose which one to go to.
Mr. E's session was called Blogging & Shameless Self Promotion. Winner!!
Now, I don't like to brag but I do like to pat myself on the back time and again because I am proud of my accomplishments. As a shy kid and teenager who broke out in hives just STANDING in a room full of people, I have overcome my fears, been a presenter at several conferences, events, and make public speaking a big part of my life. I even went to grad school to get into a career that requires me to stand in front of judgemental teenagers and teach stuff that they roll their eyes at, AND I LOVE IT! I am also a huge supporter of shameless self promotion and Mr. E had some great suggestions about how to get yourself out there.
So, it was no question which session I was going to attend that morning, and boy was it worth it. I teared up a couple times when he gave his motivational speech about us, his crowd, being awesome. It was inspiring, motivating, and exciting. He also had a secret word on his blog that scored you an awesome goodie bag full of art supplies!!
I had a Mr. E when I was in elementary school. His name was Mr. Pitts and he was my elementary art teacher. My friend Adrianne and I were kind of his class pets. I wonder where he is now.....hmmmm. Mr. Pitts!!?? Are you out there? Mr. E is going to be those kids Mr. Pitts, for sure. I will forever remember him and thank him for learning to love art at a young age.
Mr. E motivated me so much that I FINALLY got my Art Ed. blog started. I have an art blog that explores the world of handmade, art, crafts, and DIY, but I really wanted to get an art ed. blog going to share resources that I find, my lesson plans, and anything else that I find that would float a teacher's boat (maybe even some administrators who are hiring in the Austin area? Eh? Eh??)
So, here is the second post on my art ed. blog, dedicated to Mr. E. Thanks for getting me excited about it!!!
Ted Daniel Edinger is an art teacher at Tulip Grove Elementary in Nashville, TN.
He was also named TN Elementary Art Teacher of the Year 2011-2012