I have been teaching for 12 years from Pre-K3 to Kindergarten (for 6 years). Currently, I work in a private school where I teach full-day Kindergarten. I have been developing Kindergarten curriculum for 6 years as well. And in just under six months, I will graduate with a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.
I love teaching but most of all I love teaching about books. Books are like candy to me and I just can’t stop at one. My favorite outing is a Book Fair. I could buy every book in it and still want more. It was one of my utmost joys to put together the School Library in my previous school. With donations from parents, used book sales and Book Fair credits, we had over 4000 titles in our Library by the time I left.
As such, my greatest joy at school has been sharing what I’ve learned with the others on staff, especially those who are just starting out. The greatest compliment I can get is someone running with an idea I gave them. I am all about collaboration and feel I always have something to learn. In fact, I suggested to my director that all teachers should spend one day in another classroom, observing (not criticizing, of course). I love taking a peek in other teachers’ rooms and have gotten some of my best ideas that way.
Teaching is a hard job – almost as hard as parenthood. We need to support each other because sometimes…let’s face it…it’s a thankless job. That’s why I started this blog – to pass on what I’ve learned from other bloggers and celebrate what we do. I owe a lot to so many bloggers out there and I’d like to say thank you here . You gave me support and hope during my hardest teaching days (remind me to tell you about my first hour teaching or my first year in Kindergarten). I can’t name all my cyber-mentors here but I hope I can give something back to them as well.
A little about me personally…My wonderful husband of 29 years is my official “Blog-Master” and is such a blessing. I have three wonderful children – Jason, 24 and on his way to a law degree , Sarah & William, both 18 (twins! what a surprise!). So that means I’m going through the “what should I do with my life?” twenty-something years and the “life is so hard” teenage angst years at the same time. However, for the first time, I will not have any children in public school this fall.
I have three dogs – a 9 year old Chocolate Lab, a 5 year old rat terrier and a little black smush of a thing who is the smallest dog I’ve ever had. She has to have every toy dog out there in her genes…Chihuahua, Mini Dachsund, Min-Pin…. but I love her and she replaced one of the best dogs I’ve ever had who died to cancer at 5.
I’m also a history, archaeology, Sci-Fi nut! I love alternative rock and my kids get their music playlists from me. Hard to believe? See the Ramones t-shirt in the picture? I always tell my kids they were weaned on The Ramones. Guess who loves them now? My coolest-of-cool daughter.
Hopefully you’ve gotten to know me a little from this long post. I look forward to giving you some ideas for your classroom.