The First Grade Parade
A bit about myself. I graduated from the University of Maine. I began my career as an ed tech and then had the opportunity to be a long term art teacher for a year! After that I was hired to teach 3rd grade and taught for 6 years. Now, I'm in first grade. Change was difficult but I finally feel like I'm in a groove and have adjusted to working with the younger kids. I'm grateful to have found so many useful blogs to help with planning, ideas, and lessons! I also have wonderful teammates who have supported and helped me this year.
I was married over 2 years ago on Lanikai Beach in Hawaii. Sun, sand, beach...and oh yes, Matt was there too. It was PERFECT! It still amazes me that I actually got on MANY planes to get there with my fear of flying but I had always wanted to go back because I was born in Honolulu.
Now for the Q & AQ: What would you be doing if you weren’t a teacher?
A: I would love to tap into my creativity more. I love photography, painting, and anything crafty. I often find myself trying to include my creativity in the lessons I teach.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Running, hiking, anything crafty
Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A paleontologist. I wanted to get down and get dirty finding bones!
A: Um, that's easy. Lets say a 5lb box of peppermint patties can be very dangerous! My grandmother introduced me to these and has always called them "delicious treats." I want to believe that I introduced my former teammate to these delightful chocolates and am responsible for her current addiction. These helped us survive many days. We even calculated that 3 a day would be completely fine for caloric intake. As I ventured on to first grade she bought a new supply right when I was trying to get off my chocolate kick. I get a chuckle when staff members sneak into my room throughout the day to get their hands on a few. I just might have them all addicted soon!
Q: What is your biggest fear?!
A: Flying, heights, and not being in control
Q: When you’re on vacation, where do you like to go?
A: Anywhere the sun is!
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
A: From my dad...make sure you always take care of yourself first. I fall into the category of "people pleaser" too often.
Q: What do you value most in others?
A: Genuine people and honesty.
Q: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass down to your kids, what would it be?
A: No kids yet but I would have to say my sense of humor. Lets just say moving to first was quite a culture shock. I would tell a joke and they would just stare at me. They are so literally at this age but NOW they get humor!!