Janet Bales (left) and Francine Swickheimer (right) - Janet was my
team teacher and my inspiration for creating "Copy Cat"
Treasures for Teachers has been created to share the many ideas and activities that have been designed with the
help of my colleagues over the past ten years.
Most products are made to meet the needs of students in Kindergarten thru 2nd Grade, but of course, can be adapted
up or down as needed.
Hi, my name is Francine. I have taught grades K, 1st, 2nd, and 5th. I was recently
recognized as Columbia County, Elementary Reading Teacher of the Year, received my National Board Teaching Certification, have
been recognized as a Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction, and Who's Who Among American Teachers. I am currently working
on my Reading Endorsement and Masters in Instructional Leadership.
I love working with students and am rewarded each time I see a
smile on the faces of those little ones who find success in learning.
Hi, I'm Janet. In my 38 years of teaching/learning from children I have been recognized as
Phi Delta Kappa Educator of the Year, Lee County Teacher of the Year, Diplomat Elementary Teacher of the year, and in the
words of a kindergarten student, "Ms Balez U R the funest teechr in the hole wrld. U R th pest
!" We can always count on a child to tell it like it is! ha
It's a joy being Francine's
editor. The title tickles my funny bone as my memory is flooded with the teaching experiences we share. We have had
the opportunity to learn from the very best...STUDENTS.
Treasures for Teachers products are created to share students successes with you.
We hope that you will find the resources found here useful and helpful. Should you have any questions,
concerns, or ideas please feel to share them with us at Francine@treasuresforteachers.com.