As a parent, there is always that one teacher who will forever be your favorite out of all of the ones that have taught your child. This teacher cares about education as much as creativity and inclusivity and is not a strict, to-the-books person that inhibits learning. For this small town, ShaRee Castlebury is that teacher.
Works of Art You Can Wear!
ShaRee Castlebury brought a plain white dress to her classroom days before the last day of school as a fun activity for her students. They covered her dress in tiny doodles featuring bugs, rainbows, hearts, and flowers. When there was no more space, she had her students sign the dress in order to create a walking time capsule. Little did she know how quickly this would go viral!
Hitting Viral Status
Once Castlebury posted the dress on Facebook, as she always does with her creative outfits, the post took off. At it’s peak, it hit more than 55,000 shares.Â “My first idea that is original!! This is all artwork courtesy of MY first-grade class! Who am I wearing? Room 219. Happy last day of school with my precious Picasso’s!”
Creating a Tradition
Since the dress idea became so popular online and in the school, she began to make it a yearly activity for each of her classes! So far, she has done two years in a row, making this end of the school year number three! Why does she do it?Â “Now I can wear it to their fifth grade and high school graduation… I want so badly for them to know how much they meant to me.”