Monday, June 1, 2015

An Interview with a Fan: Teacher Joyce Patzke

Joyce Patzke has been teaching for 18 years spanning across the United States. After graduating from Radford University, she jumped into the teaching field at full force. Se began in Virginia, transferred to Texas, and is not working in our home school district of Clark County, Las Vegas.  She has seen it all. Most importantly, she has seen her students grow up into mature, bright-eyed, young adults.

"As a teacher," she said,"you hope that you spark something in your student's lives: big or small." this has been her mantra throughout her teaching career; hoping to change a life in some small way, shape, or form. I then asked her what she felt was her favorite part of teaching.

"The notes." She said. When I prodded further she said that this was how she knew what her students really thought: both of her and their peers. It was the way they got to know one another.

"Being in fourth grade, they still haven't hit the age of cell phones and a lot of technology. They still pass notes. Not just to one another, but to me as well. It's nice to have a kid pass you a note that simply says, 'Thank You' on it." When I told her that Winky Designs was coming out with a unique teacher iconic slap watch, she was overjoyed.

"I actually have the red slap watch and love it! The kids love the colors too. I can't wait to get the new watch face!" She then continued on to tell me how she loved all the little icons on it. It really felt personalized with teachers in mind.

"It's great when the kids are being especially gross." She laughed. "The waterproof watch helps when you're a teacher and need to wash your hands...a lot! Getting sick simply isn't an option." I proceeded to ask her which icon on this functional watch meant the most to her.

"I really like the globe. It's a sign for teachers and has become a staple in an American classroom. It's also a sign that I would like to see education spread to these developing countries that do not have the same resources as we are blessed with here in America. It's a constant reminder to keep persevering everyday, even when it's hard."

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

8 Ways to Rock the Airport!

            Have you ever been behind that person at the airport security? I think we all know whom I am referring to. There is always that one person with a dozen layers of clothing on, taking precious moments out of your day; all because they decided to pack everything in their carry-on… except the kitchen sink. Here are some simple ways for you to avoid being that person and to make travelling a little more stress free.
  1. Pack all your travel-sized liquids in a clear compact case, easily accessible to take out at security. You can even pick out some cute colors at your local Target! 
  2. Download your airline’s designated iPhone/Android app to help you through the airport paperless! Never lose another boarding pass by being prepared and checked-in prior to going to the airport.
  3. Winky Designs Recyclable Belts: The most A+ accessory since our belts are 100% plastic (yes, even the buckle!). We highly encourage you to strut through the metal detectors with style and without the TSA nagging you to take off your belt. 
  4. BYO(W)B: Bring your own WATER bottle! Never pay $5 for bottled water at the airport again! Fill your own water bottle after security! Many airports are now equipped with fun water-bottle stations that fill up in an instant. Gotta stay hydrated on that plane!
  5. Baby Wipes: Quick shower isn’t an option? Try this stress free option to give you that fresh feeling after a long flight without the hassle of locating Niagara Falls to wash off the gross.
  6. Winky Designs Wraps of Life Scarf: these bad boys are so large they double up as blankets as well for chilly A/C on the plane! Colorful and versatile for all climates, these scarves will be practical from Alaska to Hawaii! With a variety of fashionable ways to tie them, you can wear them anywhere between an infinity scarf to a beach sarong!
  7. Bring a fold-able and light duffle bag in your carry-on! With all those souvenirs you’ll encounter, you never know when you will need to bust out that extra bag for that extra something-something.
  8. Always pack an extra set of clothes and your toothbrush in your carry-on luggage in case your checked-in luggage gets lost! You don’t want fuzzy teeth, now do you?

Remember, moving the airport has now become an art form and it’s something that can be perfected. All these tips and tricks might be simple, but they can definitely impact a trip from stressful to stress-free