Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Meet the Teacher

What a wonderful idea to have a meet and greet!  Thank you to The First Grade Parade for the idea.

Here is a little information about me.  I grew up in San Diego which is where I met my husband of almost 20 years.  We moved to Missouri 6 years ago and we love it! 

Our son is a sophomore in high school... the light of our life.  He runs track and cross-country and the boy can SING!

For the first part of my life I was a medical administrator.  Great career, great people, but teaching has always been my dream. I have been teaching for 8 years, four years in second grade before I was asked to be help launch our Balance Literacy adoption in my district.  I served as a Literacy Coach for two years.  I loved collaborating with the other teachers, but I missed, missed, missed having my own class.  So when a kindergarten position opened up, I begged and pleaded... Ta Da!  I'm back in the classroom.  Kindergarten is amazing and I'm here to stay!

Now the Q & A

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a teacher?
A: Well, when I was 6, I wanted to be a waitress in a truck stop.  Think of all the people I would have met!  Now, if not a teacher, I would like to be a park ranger (see I'm still 6 years old).

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Teaching isn't a hobby?!  Spending time with my family, filling my roll as a taxi-service to my 15 year old son (8 months until he turns 16), and reading.  I started running a year ago and completed my first half-marathon in October.  I love cookbooks, but don't like to cook...hmmm... I guess that means I just like food.

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A:  Oops! I already answered that.

Q: What are your guilty pleasures?
A: Diet Coke, the entire food group known as The Cookie Food Group (can't have them around), Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew... Seriously, I'm drawn to it like a moth to flame... weird!

Q: What is your biggest fear?!
A: Escalators (I blame it on George Jetson) and small, confined places.

Q: When you’re on vacation, where do you like to go?
A: Back to San Diego to visit my friends and family. Although... Italy has been calling my name.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
A: Realize when you say something unkind, you can never take it back.  People can forgive you, but they rarely forget it was ever said.

Q: What do you value most in others?
A:  Integrity!  I also look up to people who are active in their own destiny.  If you are unhappy about something, take steps to see if you can change it... talk to the right people or make a change.

Q: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass down to your kids, what would it be?
A: Resiliency.  Being able to roll with the punches, then make a difference where you think you can.

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world….living or dead…who would it be?
A: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr!!!  Shallow me: Hugh Jackman, Teacher me: Lucy Calkins

Now tell us one random thing about yourself:

 I broke my arm falling off a horse when I was 11.  In high school, I worked at Sea World making cotton candy. I was in the Navy Reserves for 6 years in a unit that supported the marine mammal team... pretty cool!  I have two crazy dogs (a lab and a golden retriever).  They are frequent subjects of my modeled writing.  I LOVE shoes!  My husband thinks I have "enough"... Whatever that means!

Now it’s time for YOU to join the party!!!! Here’s what you need to do: Write a post titled “Meet The Teacher”. Start with a brief “biography” and then copy & paste the Q&A {using your answers, of course!} Don't forget to grab a button when you link up (you can get it at First Grade Parade)!!


  1. You can NEVER have enough shoes!! HA!! So glad you played along!! Nice to "meet" you!!

    Cara :)

  2. I love the breakdown of who you want to meet :)


  3. Love what you admire in others - so key!

  4. You are right, resiliency is so important- I should've said that haha.

  5. Jennifer... I know...right? Hugh Jackman... MEOW! That's what you meant right? LOL!

  6. Great to meet you! I also taught 2nd grade before moving to K and I love my munchkins! Best of luck with your son learning how to drive! My mother gave up on my brother and I ended up teaching him (I'm 5 years older) and taking him for his driving test :-)


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