About Me

Hi there!  My name is Paige Bessick, and I am the face behind Our Elementary Lives.

I have been teaching for 10 years and I can’t imagine doing anything else.  I knew I wanted to be a teacher from a very young age. I am currently a first grade teacher-my very most favorite grade! I started, however, as a special education teacher and did that for several years. I loved working with that group of kids but was ready for a change and wanted to move into the classroom. I am so glad that I did and many years later, here I am.

My passion is teaching literacy. I have my masters in Reading and absolutely love teaching it. I especially love it in first grade because of the HUGE growth the kids make. They come in being almost non-readers and leave readers. It's incredible. In our school, we are lucky to use the Units of Study for Reading and Writing Workshop. I have had the privilege to go to NYC to Columbia University Teacher's College for training in both reading and writing. Literacy truly is my passion.

I am also a wife, to my husband Andrew, and a mom, to two sweet boys, Owen, my oldest, and Ben, my youngest. We love to be on or near one of the many lakes by our house, play trucks, and sports as a family

Headshot and family photo by Julia Matthews Photography

I started my Teachers pay Teachers journey in the spring of 2015.  I realized that I was making all of these resources for my own classroom, why not share them with other teachers.  Since then it has become a growing passion and hobby of mine.  I create resources that I use in my own classroom so they are tried and true from a first grade teacher.  Most of the resources in my store revolve around my passion: literacy.  
Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook as they are the best places to find out about current blog posts, new resources, ideas, and updates!  

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