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Monday, September 21, 2020

How to Transform Your Backyard Into the Ultimate Outdoor Workspace with Amazon Home

How to Transform Your Backyard Into the Ultimate Outdoor Workspace with Amazon Home


This summer, I teamed up with Amazon Home to create an outdoor workspace, since we’re all spending a little extra time at home this year. Flexible seating is such a passion of mine, and it’s Amazon Home, so of course I was extra excited about this project! What started as three empty patio areas quickly became a functional and beautiful outdoor workspace that I can now use to help me plan for the school year ahead as well as to unwind after school!

 

Amazon Home has the furniture and home essentials needed to transform every nook of your home into functional, multipurpose spaces. Whether you’re looking for furniture, décor, lighting or storage, it’s all on Amazon Home. Amazon Home delivers everything you need – big or small - to create a space right to your front door, and delivery is even free for Prime members. From there, all you need are some simple tools, like an Allen wrench to make the magic happen!

 

To give you a look at the full transformation, here are the three areas before they were redesigned with the products from Amazon Home.





My husband and I had worked very hard this past summer to add the plants, the curbing, the patios, the pergola and the patios. What was missing was furniture to bring this space to life and make it both warm but functional as I zoomed with students, created lesson plans, and studied for my doctoral degree. Cue: Amazon Home.


We focused on products that would be cozy, comfy, and functional. With the stylish selection of furniture and decor from Amazon Home, I was able to make my backyard a place to relax and work from, which is more important this year than ever before! All of the products we used can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3Q3Y5884YH88A?ref=cm_sw_em_r_wl_ip_kZ9cqTQwzvSbh.


 And voila! Here’s the final result.



















For a full list of the products we used in our makeover, check out this list: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3Q3Y5884YH88A?ref=cm_sw_em_r_wl_ip_kZ9cqTQwzvSbh.


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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter


Shirt Design by @mswonderlymakesmusic.


All lives can’t matter until Black lives matter. 🤟🏾


When you purchase this shirt from this fabulous Black-owned business The Wright Stuff Chics, you will help provide 5,000 classrooms with a class set of books featuring diversity.

That is directly where the proceeds go. 


"Every time I wonder whoI should love and for how long I should love them, God continues to whisper to me: Everybody, always." -Bob Goff



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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Join us for the Teach Your Heart Out Virtual Conference!

Join us for the Teach Your Heart Out Virtual Conference!


You guys! I’m delivering 3 sessions at the Virtual Teach Your Heart Out conference on July 13-14.
  • Educator Self Care Panelist
  • Reimagining Education
  • Genius Hour for Little Learners


GO to www.tyho.live/kayla to sign up and for the full conference agenda!

This conference is fully stacked, and we have 50+ sessions, live keynotes, live panel discussions, and 15+ hours of professional development! You don't want to miss out. 
Videos are available until October 31.  The cost is $60.
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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Give These Students Extra Credit

Give These Students Extra Credit


FARGO — Some people are so dedicated to their occupation that they take work home with them.
Kayla Dornfeld took part of her job to her own wedding last month. Actually, she invited them as guests.

Dornfeld, a third-grade teacher at Mapleton (N.D.) Elementary School, invited all of the school’s students to her Fargo wedding.

“On the happiest day of my life, I knew how much more special it would be to have my students in attendance,” she said in a post on the education union website, https://www.ndunited.org.

“At this point in the year, we have become inseparable, and they were counting down the days to the wedding since January 1, when it was 100 days to go,” she wrote. “Since our school district is smaller — about 150 kids — I decided to invite all of the students in our school. If I didn’t teach them yet, I will. What better way to kick off the start of a new relationship?”

Photos accompanying the post show Dornfeld in her wedding gown surrounded by more than 50 youngsters.

In September 2018, Dornfeld — then Kayla Delzer — was named North Dakota’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.

Now in her 13th year of teaching, Delzer has taught in Mapleton since 2016, following stints in West Fargo and Thief River Falls, Minn.
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Monday, May 11, 2020

Thank You Essential Workers!

Thank You Essential Workers!


I work with the most AMAZING people at my school. I really do. First grade teachers in my school, Miss Teigen and Miss Hoynes, put together a video with the help of their first graders to thank our essential workers. 

Essential workers are heroes, especially during this pandemic. Please watch this video- and then share it with an essential worker you know. Pro tip: have tissues ready, you'll probably cry like I did. 

#inthistogether

LINK TO VIDEO: https://spark.adobe.com/video/9NkmRhefnmETW



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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

I'm Moving to Kindergarten!

I'm Moving to Kindergarten!






It's official! I'm teaching a new grade level this next school year, and it's one I've felt God nudging me towards over the course of the last year. I'm taking the leap of faith and obedience and heading to Kindergarten! I'm following in the footsteps of my mom, who was my kindergarten teacher and will continue to be the best mentor for me through this year and the rest. Okay God, let's do this! Please tag your favorite kinder teachers in the comments so I can learn from them!



Mom & Me, 2019

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Dornfeld Named Mrs. West Fargo International

Dornfeld Named Mrs. West Fargo International




Kayla Dornfeld was named Mrs. West Fargo International this month.

The North Dakota International Pageant System showcases the accomplishments of today's married women, young women, and teens across North Dakota.

The mission of North Dakota International Pageant System is to make a difference. It has been developed to promote the accomplishments of today's married women, young women, and teens, as well as their commitment to family and marriage. Around the world, women of all ages are finding this system to be an opportunity to work with their family and community to become positive role models. Being the premiere pageant for married women, young women, and teens has given The International Pageant System a chance to open doors for all women around the world. The national event will give each contestant the opportunity to learn about customs and family life in other countries, along with the chance to share her beliefs and make new friends.



Kayla Dornfeld is the 2019 North Dakota Teacher of the Year, and Mrs. West Fargo International. Kayla is a two-time (2017 and 2018) Global Hundred honoree, recognizing her as 1 of the top 100 innovative educators in the world. The New York Times named her "one of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States".

She has 13 years of teaching experience in second and third grade. Kayla holds her master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Dakota. In September 2018, she received the University of North Dakota Sioux Award, the highest honor of achievement offered by her University.

Governor Doug Burgum has recognized Kayla for her contributions to education in North Dakota, and assigned her a chair on North Dakota's Innovative Education Task Force. 

She has been recognized as both an "ISTE Influencer" and "HarperCollins Publishing Influencer". Additionally, in March 2018, she was named 1 of just 30 "All-Star Digital Innovators" in the United States by PBS.

Kayla frequently travels around the United States and other countries as a featured and keynote speaker. She has delivered hundreds of keynotes, one of note being at Twitter Headquarters. On July 23, 2015 she delivered her first TEDx Talk, Reimagining Classrooms: Students as Leaders and Teachers as Learners

Her work with classroom redesign and flexible seating has become the standard worldwide. She is currently writing a book about classroom learning spaces and flexible seating, titled FlexED: Flexible Seating for Flexible Learners, set to release in 2020. She is also a co-author of the best-selling book Education Write Now, published in December 2017, and 10 Perspectives on Learning in Education, coming out in December 2019.

Kayla married Pastor Dan Dornfeld on April 12, 2019, and is the bonus mom of Svea (age 10) and Kieran (age 7). They reside in West Fargo with their three dogs, Madi Mae, Dudley, and Goff. She is passionate about community service and volunteering within her church and beyond. From coaching the LEGO League team to leading weekly bible studies, Kayla believes in servant leadership. 

For more information about the North Dakota International Pageant System, visihttps://www.ndinternationalpageants.org/.

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