I am just about done with my work office.  Tuesday I will have all the pictures loaded but I wanted you to see the progress.  It has taken me some time to come to terms with and attack my less than awesome baby blue walls and windowless space.

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Here is the what it looked like when I moved in.

When my office was built it was designed as a storage room.  Yes, I do feel pretty special.  When you are the principal of an Early College High School that is starting up, you take what you can get.  In my new digs I am thrilled to have room for a conference table and storage cabinet.  My last office was less spacious.  I will never understand the color choices some designers make.  This block of tile is right outside the office.  I tell my students that the person who decorated this building wanted to use all the colors in the crayon box.  We have lime, pink, yellow and blue entryways.

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I decided to run with the baby blue, yellow and rose to make the office have a vintage vibe.  I re-did a 1970’s Fabulous china cabinet for the space.

Redone China Cabinet

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I brought in my old student Readers like Dick and Jane and have started collecting old school globes and school equipment for the space.

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I just found the globe on the right at Goodwill.  The front blue stone globe was a gift from some dear friends when I got my master’s degree.  The small globe behind it came from a school that has now been torn down and replaced, The large globe was replaced when The USSR changed.

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I just had these scales given to me by a sweet lady who works in the building.  They are perfect.

A sewing cabinet  given to me by a friend that I redid for office supplies has a place along with my paint chip art piece,

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I made a bulletin  board from foam board and my fabric hoard.  The color is perfect.

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Bulliten Board

Dick and Jane cards framed and a calendar are cheap alternatives for art.

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I found a magnet board at Kirkland’s for $10.00.  I couldn’t make it for much less!  It will be a good place for me to put up student work that they are proud of.

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My job makes me happy.  I hope my office reflects me.  In educating students and collecting things I believe that you sometimes have to look past the current state and instead focus on the potential then help it to reach that potential.

It is why I do, what I do.  I will see you Thursday with pictures of the whole room.  I will not say it is finished, but I now smile when I open the door.

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