Round Rock, Texas (KXAN) - It all started on a cold, rainy afternoon. Donna Staten sat down at the computer to check out a site everyone was talking about called Pinterest.
Before she knew it, it was dark and she was pinning like crazy. The art teacher at Gattis Elementary has been going strong ever since.
"I remember when it got to 500 followers I remember thinking wow, that's a lot of people," said Staten.
More than 44,000 people follow her page on the idea sharing site which has transformed her classroom and teaching style after 28 years in education.
"I feel like a first year teacher again with so many new ideas and don't even know what burned out could feel like," said Staten.
On her personal Pinterest page, she has created a one-stop shop for teachers to find everything from lesson plans to decorating ideas.
Her own classroom is full of decor and student projects she pulled off the site. She picked up a plastic jar full of a blue glittery liquid and started swirling it around.
"This is a calm jar." said Staten. "When a student just needs to chill out for a few minutes, not necessarily be punished or timeout or anything serious, they just come over and shake the bottle and [look at it until] the glitter gets all the way down to the bottom."
The site has also taught her anything can be turned into art -- painted owls are on display made out of toilet paper rolls. Two pieces of art work hang on the wall where students melted crayon to the inside of shoebox lids. Large colorful letters span the back of her classroom that were made from pizza boxes.
Teachers are a growing community on Pinterest. According to the company, more than 500,000 education-related ideas are pinned each day. Pinterest recently launched and education hub for educators called Teachers on Pinterest.
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