Buy Your Gifts from Philly Educators this Holiday Season!

Everyone knows that educators are talented people- but often the day to day life of school doesn't give them the chance to show off some of their other amazing talents. 

Check out some of these great ways to support Philly educators while buying gifts for the holidays this winter!

Would you like to be added to this list, or know an educator/parent who should be on it? Let us know at contact@workingeducators.org. This post will be updated as new submissions are received.

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AlmaSM/bunnymermaid- illustration and printed works

Alma Sheppard-Matsuo, HS English Teacher

Description: Printed works with a fantastical spin, contains posters, books and cards that feature fairy tale figures, lore, legends and astrological influences.

Where can we find you?

-Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/AlmaSM

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Onpoint Needlework

Rosie Jacobson, Afterschool Facilitator

Where can we find you?

Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Onpointneedlework

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onpointneedlework

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Tested Out Poetry Books

Jesse Gottschalk, K-8 Drama Teacher

Description: After years as a 4th grade teacher and testing proctor, Jesse Gottschalk experienced something nearly every student and educator in the school district has gone through: he was sick to death of standardized testing. And so he decided to rebel in the most passive-aggressive way possible: while his students were taking their tests, he started scribbling angry poems on their extra scratch paper. Together with artist Anna Fox Ryan, Gottschalk turned these poems into a book of anti-testing poetry: Tested Out: Poems Against High-Stakes Testing and Standardized ChildrenHis work has been featured in the Philly Inquirer, and is available for purchase in print and ebook formats.

Where can we find you? 

Online Store: https://squareup.com/store/tested-out-poetry/

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The Catcher in the Tea: teatraps 

Lauren Geschel, HS English Teacher

 

Description: A unique tea accessory that is patent pending… finally a place to put your messy teabag! For the holidays: A TEATRAP MUG for that tealover in your life. Great deal and unique!

Where can we find you?

Website: www.thecatcherinthetea.com

Punk Rock Flea Market

Tea and Coffee Conventions 

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Zeeberella Cross-stitch Patterns

Liz Szylejko, HS Latin Teacher

Description: I’m starting to convert my graph paper cross-stitch patterns to PDFs. I welcome requests for designs, and I do embroidery commissions as well.

Where can we find you?

Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/zeeberella

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Scents of the World

Amber Spurka, 3rd Grade Teacher

Description: Scent is strongly connected to emotion and memory. I help people decorate their homes with beautiful, handcrafted wax warmers and create an uplifting mood with fragrance. We offer wax and warmers, diffusers, cleaning and laundry solutions, room sprays, car bars, spa products, and scented gifts for the kids!

Where can we find you?

-Website: www.scentsoftheworld.scentsy.us

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Artist Missla.ra Jewelry Shop

Lara F.,  Early Literacy Teacher & Early Education Art Teacher

Description: Artist Missla.ra is a Philly educator by day, and independent artist & jewelry designer/creator by night. She is self taught. A single mother coming from very little, she started making jewelry on the side by taking apart old and donated jewelry, and making something new out of it. Most of her pieces now incorporate both new and found or recycled parts (known as ‘upcycled jewelry’). She also uses natural stones and healing crystals in much of her work, as she is very connected to the process and work of natural healing. Each piece is one of a kind, and made with much intention and love. Custom orders are welcome.

Email artist_missla.ra@gmail.com for any questions, concerns, or custom order requests.

Where can we find you?

Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ARTISTMISSLARA

Instagram: @artist_missla.ra

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Portraits by Maya

Maya, HS Student

Description: Seeking an original gift this holiday season? Please consider a hand made portrait! Maya is taking orders for 5 by 7 or 8 by 10s. Prices are $20 and $40. You can send orders to mayaoriginals@gmail.com. She is taking orders until December 7, so that they can be done and shipped by the holidays!

Where can we find you?

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Portraits-by-Maya-638328489835959/

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Enjoy your shopping! Want to add your work/store to the list? Email us at contact@workingeducators.org to sign up!