Mary Presson Roberts Photography

900 Days of School: An Unexpected Outcome

“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
― Jim Henson
At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, I started a personal project.  I decided to take one picture a day at school for the last five years of my teaching career before retirement.  I  named the project 900 Days of School as I would be teaching for approximately 900 more days.
Once I got a few months into the project, I found that it started

to take on a life of its own.

I didn’t really think about how I might be influencing my students until one of my girls last year asked if she could bring in the camera she received as a gift and ask me some question about it.

Student’s Camera

Once we were working with her new camera, everyone became very excited.

Sharing Pictures

My students began bringing in pictures to share with me that they took outside of school.

Photographs to Discuss

I didn’t anticipate that when my students observed me taking one quick picture per day, they would become interested in photography.  It was wonderful for me to see their interest grow.

One day, a student came up to me and held his camera up to take a picture.

New Camera

During free time, he used Post-it ™ Notes to create this camera.

What I did not realize initially was that his camera was a working camera.

My Picture

Just after he took my picture,  he pulled out a picture of me.

I am absolutely thrilled to be able to share my passion for photography with my students.  Photography has changed my life in more ways than I can possibly express.  Perhaps one of my students will continue to explore photography.


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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