“Photographic projects can be as short as an afternoon or as long as a lifetime.”
― George Barr

I just finished my thirty-first year teaching young children in the public schools of the Carolinas.  The past twenty-six years have been spent teaching at the same school located in Charlotte, NC.

Since I am in the final years of my career, I have begun to reflect upon what a rewarding way it has been to spend much of my life.  As a result, this past summer, I decided to take on a personal project to try to capture some of the magical moments and scenes that I have had the pleasure to witness during my career.  I decided to take one photograph a day each day for the final five years of my career.  I titled this project 900 Days of School as that is roughly the number of days I would teach before retiring.  This school year was the first year of my project.

When I began the project, I was not quite sure where it would lead.  What I found was that the project really took on a life of its own.  I will be sharing, throughout the summer, the magical places my project took me in the first year.

The project began with ordinary things I saw around the school.

First Day



Lesson Plans


My desk is always very tidy at the beginning of the year.

Hallway Art

Playground Scene

Recess Rainbow


In the first days of the project, I found myself recording the scenes I experience every day during a typical school year.  What I discovered was that these images were just the beginning of a wonderful journey throughout the school year searching for the beauty of what I experience every day as an elementary school teacher.

I hope you will follow this incredible journey with me throughout this first year of the project to see how it grew and changed.

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Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

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    Quite an ambitious project and I wish you well on it. I’m sure there will be some interesting images and some memories that you will treasure forever. I did a 360 project several years ago and have to admit that I missed a few days along the way. Also did a A-Z project and actually completed that one 🙂 Best of luck, looking forward to seeing all the pictures.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Bill! In this first year, it has already been incredibly rewarding and taken on a life of its own!

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    I learn so much from looking at your work Mary.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Dan! That means a lot to me!

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    Mary, I am thrilled with this project and can tell from the pictures you posted that it is going to be amazing! A meaningful way to end your outstanding career in public education, and a gift to the world, as well.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Your kind words mean a great deal to me! This has been a project from the heart and has helped me focus on all of the great things I still encounter each day. I hope you have a summer filled with joy!

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    So neat! What a blessing you have been to so many including myself! I can’t wait to follow along on this neat project!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, so much, Blair! It is relationships like the one I was able to share with you that I will pack away in my box of precious memories!

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    You are on a roll,keep it up
    I love it

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, my friend!

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