Tell us about yourself?
My name is Krystin McGahan. I have 9 years primary teaching experience. But… TPT is now my full time job! After having premature twin boys, I was unable to go back to work. Due to the nature of their prematurity the NICU doctors determined that the babies were ineligible for daycare. I had exhausted my maternity leave and unpaid leave so at that time I decided that being a stay at home mom was best for my new family. This also meant leaving my beloved teaching position in the inner city Chicago where I had started my career 9 years prior. My husband was just starting a new job and losing my salary sent us into a tailspin. It was time for me to figure out how I could stay at home, remain in the field I felt so passionate about and make money all at the same time...and I had to do it FAST. This was when I took the leap of faith that was TPT! Our head of district curriculum was onto TPT from the get go and she had been persistent about trying to convince me to sell for years. She believed that my ideas and lessons would sell. At the time I was still teaching and didn't think I had the time but once I became a stay at home mom I decided it was worth a shot. I bought Publisher (which I had NEVER used) and began creating. I won't lie, the first year I put in hours and hours of work. It was in fact a full time job that I did during naps, early in the morning and late at night but when I started selling right away I knew I was onto something! Well TPT has and continues to exceed my wildest expectations. In just over 2 years of selling I have hit two earning milestones. I officially set up an S-CORP becoming my own small business by which I can stay at home with my kids. Best yet it has allowed me to stay connected to education that I so truly love. In one word TPT has been a blessing and has given me the gift of spending everyday with my twin boys. My only regret being...why didn't I do this sooner!!??
What do you like best about teaching?
Being creative and getting to be around curious little minds and unconditionally loving hearts J
Describe your favorite TpT product.
I love my Guided Reading BUNDLE, it’s perfect for beginning teachers or teachers new to guided reading and has some new ideas for veterans. It provides ways to get organized and includes tons of printables and games to play with GR groups.
What advice would you give to someone who may want to become a seller at Teachers Pay Teachers?
Go for it! No doubt it takes a ton of work in the beginning and there is in fact a learning curve but with dedication and perseverance the rewards can stretch beyond your wildest dreams. TPT has been life changing for me. Reach for the stars and don’t be afraid to dream big….it is possible
What have you done or hope to do with your TpT earnings?
I have used them to set up an S-CORP and replace my teaching income so that I can stay at home for a few years with my twin boys
What do you like best about being a member of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative?
All of the marketing tools. Social media and marketing are areas that I have not scratched the surface of so having these readily accessible and manageable means to get my products in front of more people is invaluable.
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