The Elementary School Teacher Toolbox

Tips, Techniques, & so much More!


Hooray, you’re here! Welcome to K5 Teachers – the perfect place for elementary school teachers. A place where you can supercharge and supplement the academic and social-emotional growth of your students!
It’s our mission to empower and assist you with the knowledge, skills, insight, and understanding you need for the ever changing educational landscape. Along the way we also want to have fun too! logo
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Welcome to those of you who met us via TPT (TeachersPayTeachers) as Rusty Pail Learning! As our technical abilities have evolved, so too has our ability to provide a more immersive learning experience. allows us to comprehensively engage with you and your students, as they take the next step in their learning adventure. We’re thrilled you’re here!

Ages & Stages

of Childhood Development


(Preschool & Under)


(K - 2nd Grade)


(3rd - 5th Grade)

A little about us

My life long passion has always been to teach. Across more than 30 years as an educator, I have been fortunate to encounter seemingly every type of learner and learning style. Through this firsthand experience, both personally and professionally, I’ve refined the necessary tools to help you to work with your students to harness their endless potential, while dealing with the hurdles that may come up along the way. With the help of my own family’s wide array of talents and technical savvy, K5 Teachers exists to help you. I’m profoundly grateful you’re here. Welcome!

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