2015 IRC Conference: Teacher Peach Wins Peoria’s Heart!

Image_2Recently, the energetic Teacher Peach traveling team descended upon Peoria, armed with all sorts of exciting Teacher Peach products for the 2015 IRC Conference. Every product we brought reinforced the support and respect our company has for educators. In short, REALLY GREAT TEACHERS checked out OUR REALLY GREAT PRODUCTS, told us what they liked, and shared ideas for new products at the show!

It was a great conference with loads of energy. We met so many enthusiastic and committed educators—who loved our products. We had a constant stream of visitors in our booth—and people stayed to check out our products for a long time. We learned so much and truly appreciate all of the smart and helpful feedback we received. Teachers offered specific and candid input and ideas for our product line.

An Out-of-the-Box Preview!
We invited teachers to take a sneak peek at our newest and incredibly exciting subscription boxes! Yes, you read that correctly. We’re putting finishing touches on our very first subscription box product line. Eight times a year, amazing boxes of sensational tools, classroom products, and special teacher-centric delights will arrive on your doorstep with this new product offering.

It was inspiring to see the enthusiasm as we shared our beta prototypes. You’d be amazed at how many teachers wanted to snap them up, then and there! (We actually weren’t amazed because our advance teacher research had given us the indication that this subscription box model would be something teachers would relish—and was that ever true!)

Thanks to all the subscription box surveys and personal input we received, we are now back in our creative box lab! It’s revision time for our box prototypes. Now that we have additional direct input from teachers and principals, we know exactly what to do next to make these subscription boxes even more appealing. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to product release.

Numerous teachers signed up to become Official Peach Beta Testers for the early-release versions subscription boxes. You don’t need to have been at the conference to volunteer for this. If you love subscription boxes, let us know! Interested in becoming a beta tester yourself? Contact us at info@teacherpeach.com and let us know. We’ll get you the information on the Official Peach Beta Testers process.

Sweets and Peaches à la Road!
IRC_CandyWe also had a lot of FALL-idays Fun in the Teacher Peach booth, sharing sweet candy corn treats, which provided a much-enjoyed jolt of sugar for teachers en route to their sessions. (See? At Teacher Peach, we can anticipate what teachers need, exactly when they need it!)

While many folks might think of apples for this FALL-idays season, we went to our very own peach orchard and shared over 500 of the squishiest, peachiest stress balls with our booth visitors. They were quite the hit, to say the least. Teachers told us these were the best free gift of the entire conference!

IRC_PeachesCountless teachers went on to explain how they use our stress balls to help keep fidgety students focused. Others gave us lots of ideas for how to pass around a stress ball as a sort of “talking aid” to help students take turns speaking in groups.

If you’re looking to add some fun and functional stress balls to your classroom collections, check out Teacher Peach’s entire line of stress balls. Our stress balls come in different shapes and sizes and each one carries a carefully considered, educationally sound message. Find the ones that work best for you and incorporate them into your class.

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Raffle, Anyone?
Hundreds of people entered our raffle over the course of the two-day conference. We were happy to award FREE products to over two dozen different educators. Raffle prizes increased in size and value as we worked our way up to our grand-prize winner. Most of our winners received a snazzy Teacher Peach bag that included one of our products as well as card for an additional gift. Our SUPER grand prize winner hit the “teacherlode!” with a huge tote bag brimming with a whole host of unique teacher and classroom products, valued at over $500! Check out Amber’s delight as she explored her grand prize.

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If you were one of the lucky winners of Teacher Peach products at the show, your winnings don’t stop there: be sure to go to teacherpeach.com to redeem your additional free gift! (The process for receiving your additional free gift is outlined on the card that was in the bag you received.)


We would love to hear from everyone who visited the Teacher Peach booth at the show. If you were a winner of one of our many raffle prizes, please tell us what you think of the product you won. Just leave a comment below or post a review at teacherpeach.com.

Teacher Votes Fuel Our Creativity
At Teacher Peach, we always want to know what teachers think about our products, how they will use them, and which of our colorful, functional, and snappy products are their favorites. That’s why we asked teachers to cast their votes. After looking at 30 different products (only a fraction of the 100s of products on our website), teachers filled out a Quick-Vote Survey to let us know which products were their absolute faves. Teachers most loved our teacher totes and lunch products.



All in all, it was an incredible two-day experience. We’ll definitely be back next year. In the meantime, we are going to take our “Peach Show on the Road” to other regional conferences for educators in the Midwest. If you have a conference coming up, let us know. You never know where you’ll find “Teacher Peach on the Go!”

In between conferences? Check out our products anytime by jumping onto teacherpeach.com.

Visit Teacher Peach at the 2015 IRC Conference

Visit Teacher Peach’s booth at the 2015 Illinois Reading Council Conference in Peoria, IL, on October 1st and 2nd.

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Come check out our products, register for raffles, and pick up discount codes for purchasing our products.

For more about the conference, visit http://www.illinoisreadingcouncil.org/conference.html.

For more about Teacher Peach, visit http://www.teacherpeach.com/.