About Me & My Classroom

Welcome! I hope you find my ramblings and resources helpful in some way. I love creating learning activities that help all my students to succeed while having fun. When I’m not busy being “teacherly,” I like to spend time with family and friends, while checking off my travel, concert, and restaurant list. I also love trying new recipes, finding deals on fashion, riding my bicycle along the beach boardwalk, hikes, film festivals, and adventuring around my city. 

You might be wondering what inspired my blog design. When I was growing up I watched a ton of old movies and musicals from the 50's and 60's with my Mom and grandparents. Some of my favorites included anything with Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and last but not least Grease! And I can't forget the TV show Sha Na Na. Not only did I love watching these movies and shows, I am a huge fan of music and enjoy almost all genres. My Dad always had fifties music playing in the background while my Mom had the Beatles on. I even got the chance to take them to Jersey Boys and Beatles Love in Vegas one summer. They absolutely loved both shows. So this is why I wanted a blog design that reflected these likes while also honoring my family.

A little about my teaching background: When I was a little girl I wanted to be a writer, hairdresser, or teacher. I can say all of my dreams came true except that dying and cutting a few friends' hair doesn't make me a legit hairdresser because I never went to cosmetology school. Lol. They were just crazy enough to let me experiment on them. Thanks to TpT, I'm now able to say that I'm an author of lessons and curriculum activities for other teachers!  

I've been teaching elementary school since 2000, primarily in third grade, but I have also taught second and fourth. I have a BA in child development, and psychology and almost pursued becoming a school counselor, but I couldn't shake the teaching bug. All of my jobs during college were working with children in some capacity. I was a teacher assistant and sub for preschools, a camp counselor, and an after school program director for at-risk youth. After finishing my teaching credential, I took a break from further studies to focus full-time on teaching. Eventually I took on mentoring new teachers too. Only recently I went back to school to earn my TESOL certification, and then on to complete my Master's in K-12 Literacy. It's something I always wanted to do and I love learning!

I've also been a part of Whole Brain Teaching for over a decade and believe it is the best classroom management system out there. I enjoy being able to mentor new teachers in classroom behavior management and motivational techniques to excite and engage their learners. I love seeing the growth my English Language Learners make and how proud their families are of them by the end of the school year. Finally, I really enjoy playing with technology and using it with my students, as well as using it to create cool stuff that benefits my own classroom and other teachers. I hope you enjoyed getting to know me. Please drop a comment if you have any questions or just want to say you relate in someway!

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Some Pictures from My Classroom!

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