Mary Presson Roberts Photography

900 Days of School: A Personal Project (Part One)

“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.

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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