Are you a new elementary teacher looking for help and advice?

Please let me offer you my assistance. I am a thirty-one year veteran of teaching at the elementary level. I've mentored four student teachers in the process. Now is the time for me to pass on what I have learned to the next generation of teachers.


Welcome to my page. If you are a new teacher, college student, or parent who wants to better understand what being an elementary teacher is all about, you have come to the right place. My book is a combination memoir/advice book. My goal is to help others the way my mentors helped me when I was starting out. I offer everything I have learned in my career including:

  1. Setting up Your Classroom
  2. Working with Students
  3. Working with Parents
  4. Working with Colleagues
  5. Working with Your Boss
  6. Discipline
  7. Memorable Students
  8. Funny Moments at School
  9. My Biggest Frustrations

19 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. This is the first time I’ve checked out your entire website even though I have read and enjoyed many of your blogs. It is well done and very interesting to peruse through. In an earlier blog, you mentioned hooking up with a fellow blogger who was a big fan of Cal Ripken Jr and tied his consecutive game record with consecutive blogs. I’m going to try to find a shot of Cal Ripkin Jr to include with my next batch of Sports photos on Just an FYI-my latest blog, Thrifty, Frugal, or Fast and Loose, will now respond if you go to my site and click on it. It didn’t work last week when emails went out.

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    1. petespringerauthor June 15, 2022 — 5:58 pm

      I will check out your sports blog Nancy. I’m pretty much a sportsaholic because I like the spirit of competition. I was only an average athlete, but I’m fascinated by those who play professional sports. I pull for those athletes who give back in some way rather than those who simply acquire more expensive toys. I tend to root for teams based on players I like rather than geography the way most people do, so it’s hard for people to understand my favorite teams.

      My wife and son are big NASCAR fans, but that is one sport I don’t follow. I went with my son to Sonoma this past weekend because she couldn’t make it. It took our son playing and coaching college football for my wife to learn the game. I find it hysterical when I come in from doing chores and find her watching some random football game when she had no interest in it for the longest time.


      1. It has to be exciting rooting for the college football team your son coaches, especially if you’ve played it. Your wife must just go crazy with excitement now that she follows football. Nascar is a whole other breed of mechanical pumas zooming around a track with phenomenal athlete drivers. But baseball is tops.

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  2. Wishing you much success with your book and this site. I am not a teacher, but this is impressive.

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    1. petespringerauthor October 14, 2021 — 11:56 am

      Thank you, Jane. Nice to see you here. Since I couldn’t find any way to contact you on your blog, I just sent you a note on your “News” page. I wish you continued success in your writing career.

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      1. Have seen it and replied. xx

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  3. Terrific stuff Pete…following you now to get all that you post!

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    1. petespringerauthor February 11, 2021 — 9:07 am

      I like so many things about your blog, John. (The food, music, travel, fantastic photos, fabulous experiences, and Kelly Clarkson.) I’m pretty sure Jennie pointed me in your direction—so glad she did.

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      1. And great to follow you now as well Pete! Kelly Clarkson’s Mom was a teacher, and my wife and Kelly focus extensively on Educators…much more to come!

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  4. A blog post let me to come here, and your content is amazing.✨
    Children are facing many hurdles in this pandemic and your words will surely encourage them 💫.
    Even I post about Child motivation, it’ll be lovely if you check my blog and let me know the things that I can improve in my site🙂✨
    Thank you

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    1. petespringerauthor September 13, 2020 — 10:05 am

      Nice to meet you. I’m always happy to meet anyone who is an advocate for children. I was going to check out your blog, but your name isn’t linked.


  5. Pleased to meet you.


    1. petespringerauthor August 19, 2020 — 8:08 am

      The pleasure is mine, GP. Thank you for your many years of service. I’ve seen your comments on many of the same blogs I follow.

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      1. Thank you, Pete, but I do not wish to mislead anyone. The Gravatar image is that of my father who did serve in WWII with the 11th Airborne Division. My site is dedicated to him and his unit.

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  6. Great resources for new teachers Pete! I wish you much success with your book! 🙂


    1. petespringerauthor March 22, 2020 — 1:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Janie. I feel like that guy who is passing on the Olympic torch to someone else. Teachers adapt to just about any situation. Thank goodness that technology has evolved to the point that lessons can be taught remotely.

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  7. I saw your comment on Sally’s Smorgasbord, which led me here. It’s good to meet someone else who had a wonderful experience in the teaching world. Now you are a resource for newbies. Enjoy the holiday season, Pete!

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    1. petespringerauthor December 16, 2019 — 9:03 am

      Nice to meet you, Marian. Teaching was a huge part of my life for so long, but I am transitioning into writing. One of the people in my writer’s critique group is my former principal, Nancy, who is one of my role models. My teaching family is so important to me that I organize a luncheon for my fellow retirees once a month. While much of the talk centers around someone’s latest trip or new grandchild, someone will predictably have news about a former student, which gets us all laughing and reminiscing.

      I’ve been blogging for less than a year—Sally is the best. I see a commonality between education and writing in that so many people are supportive of one another. I’ve seen your book featured on the Smorgasbord, and it sounds fascinating. I will pick it up at some point soon. I pictured retirement as a period when there would be all this free time, but nothing could be further from that assumption.

      Thanks for checking in.

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