March Forward!!

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 Lisa Dunnigan!!!

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Our March Issue is dedicated to moving forward and our own Lisa Dunnigan is moving forward after retiring last week from thirty years of giving her all in the field of education.  When asked to describe her biggest stand out moment in her early career, she replied, "That I survived teaching middle school!!"  Lisa says she has great respect for all of her fellow educators, but "middle school teachers have my utmost respect!!" Lisa says what she will miss most is "interacting with my colleagues and overseeing the Title 1 budget that is so important to our district." As an educator, Lisa has filled many roles, from teaching in the classroom to the higher ranks of administration, but her proudest professional accomplishment was taking part in turning several failing schools in her district into Distinguished Title 1 Schools. Well done!


Throughout her career, Lisa's pursuit of excellence did not begin or end as an educator, but included her role as the mother of her twin daughters, Elise and Tosha, who followed her into the field of education. Lisa lost her beloved daughter, Elise Bethel, to breast cancer in 2018, but her presence remains strong. In a tribute to her mother for this article, daughter Tosha Wright (who has also rose in the ranks in education and is currently the Assistant Principal in Douglasville) wrote this tribute to her mother for this article. 


"After 30 years in education, my mother is finally closing the education professional door. She is such an inspiration to me. I saw the countless hours she put into her students, teachers, and staff, so much so, that I have followed in her footsteps. After having my sister and I at a young age, many thought she'd be working at McDonald's for the rest of her life, but with the help and huge support of her family, she was able to go to school while taking care of us and working full-time. She not only finished one degree while being a single mother, she also worked on her masters and Specialists degrees. Now that she is retired, she can devote even more time to WSC, TYHO, Pink Santa and our upcoming book." 
Lisa has not only been an inspiration to her daughters, but she has "grandbabies" who are budding entrepreneurs who have started an Instagram project called  "The Cookie Musketeers" where they will be "rating chocolate chip cookies around the world." They may even have a U-Tube channel coming soon!! 

Moving forward, Lisa plans on working full time with Teach Your Heart Out, The Pink Santa Hat Movement, The Wright Stuff Chics and her latest endeavor, as lead co-author (along with daughter Tosha Wright) of The Edupreneur's Side Hustle Handbook (Routledge Taylor and Francis Group) which will be released in May.  Lisa says, "Growing these brands and spending time with my family is where my focus will be moving forward."  
Our deepest gratitude for Lisa Dunnigan for her life of service to the educational community as an impacting teacher/administrator. We can't wait to see where you go from here! 

Moving Forward on to Publication of The Edupreneur's Side Hustle Handbook!!

March will move The Wright Stuff Chics one step closer to the release of The Edupreneur's Side Hustle Handbook, by Wright Stuff Chics co-lead authors Lisa Dunnigan and Tosha Wright, along with their eight co-authors.  The buzz is already strong as educators across the country await their copies!! The authors have several scheduled events to promote the book, (which is #2 in New Releases in Educational Philosophy on Amazon!!), see dates below with more being added soon!  Pre-order your copy here:

Meet the Authors! 

There will be many opportunities to meet and greet the Side Hustle Handbook authors, but if you're planning to attend the @teachyourheartoutcon at Norfolk Marriott Waterside, you’ll want to arrive on Sunday, July 12, 2020, in time for the Sip & Sign Book Event from 5-7pm. Tickets are $35 and include a book and a drink ticket. -Jen Jones.
Register for the Sip & Sign here:
Register for Teach Your Heart Out Norfolk at:


Moving forward toward a family of their Ashlyn Ellsworth 


Teachers go to school each day and make countless differences in the lives of their young students without anyone knowing what is really happening in their own personal life. Teachers are the best at concealing their fears, struggles and pain. Did you know that 1 in 8 women have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy? A couple only has a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month and the average cost of one cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF) can cost as much as $20,000 not including the testing and procedures received prior to the fertility treatment. Domestic adoption costs can range from anywhere from $20,000-$50,000 and the wait can take up to five years for a healthy infant.

But after all the money spent and pain suffered, miracles do happen every day and that is what we must all remember. Be inspired by those teachers who have courage and strength to fight this battle and make differences at the same time. Support teachers around the world who are infertility warriors and Ashlyn Ellsworth from The Creative Classroom as her and her husband build their forever family through adoption one day as they wait for their miracle to finally happen! (The Creative Classroom


Special Thanks To....

Alane Adams who is a children's book author, professor, literacy advocate,  and founder of the Rise Up Foundation, for her generous sponsorship of seven Teach Your Heart Out scholarships for our Minnesota conference. 

Alane's Bio - "She started the Rise Up Foundation in 2008 as a way to use her time, experience and resources to help individuals and organizations rise above their circumstances to actualize their full potential. She is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens; she also writes Early American picture books for young children." 

Please visit Rise Up Foundation at 

Moving Forward by Giving Back

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This year we are going to give back to several causes. When we received an email from Cassie’s good friend Mary Catherine asking us to please create this shirt as it was Cassie’s favorite saying, we were more than happy to participate. Cassie passed away at age 34 from #rhabdomyosarcoma. She has two small daughters, and of course, our hearts break for them. Her husband requested that the profits be used to purchase books for the kids at the school where Cassie taught. Please help us fill up the school with books. Please make your purchase in our online store at

UPDATE!! This tee-shirt was sold out with all proceeds going to the The Bamber Valley Elementary School, for the purchase of books, in loving memory of Cassie. Thanks to all who made this happen!! 

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The Wright Stuff Chics Boutique

Spring is right around the corner! Time to shop at the Wright Stuff Chics boutique!! Come see what's new and what's on sale!!

We want to take a moment to thank all of our customers for your continued patronage. We can't do what we do without your support. Teachers certainly make a difference in the lives of their students, but teachers helping teachers is a beautiful thing to behold. We appreciate you!! 

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Pink Santa Hat News

Throughout the year we continue to raise funds to support fellow educators who are battling breast cancer. The Pink Santa Hat Movement provides #educators who are fighting or have bravely fought #breastcancer with an opportunity to lift their spirits through #hope#support, and #fellowship. ⁣ Each year during the holiday season, The Pink Santa Hat Movement will honor eight beautiful and strong educators who are #fightingbreastcancer with a weekend of pampering and inspiration.⁣ Please take a moment to visit us at Donations are welcome as are purchases from The Wright Stuff Chics boutique, Thank you for your ongoing support!  



Upcoming Conferences. Hope to see you there!!

☀️San Diego | March 27-28, 2020
💥Norfolk, Virginia| July 13-14, 2020
👉Minneapolis | Oct.2-3, 2020
🚢 Carnival | July 12-16, 2021 (

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