About Me

April 27, 2014

It is hard for me to believe that this is my 20th year teaching!  I feel so old...  It all started in a small Eastern North Carolina Town in a private school for children with severe physical and mental disabilities.  This was a year round school and I began teaching only a couple of weeks after my graduation from East Carolina University.  I taught for almost a full year, but couldn't bring myself to return to work after my son Erik was born in April of 1995.  I wanted the summer off to be with him and my 22 month old daughter, Elizabeth. 

Here are by babies now, all grown up!

 I enjoyed my summer and started the 95-96 school year teaching students with severe and profound disabilities in a Middle School.  After three years I was recruited to run two adolescent group homes, one for girls and one for boys. I worked as a Case Manager, my job was to ensure students' success in public school and in the home.  I only spent a couple of years doing this since once again I worked  year round and I was tied to a pager 24-7.  Yikes!  Once my babies started to cry, holding onto my legs, begging me not to leave them when I arrived home and within minutes my pager would call me right back out again. I knew it was time for a change.   I couldn't stand being away from them or hearing them beg me to stay.  The only choice I had was to returned to the classroom once again. It was the best decision I ever made!

I moved from the Special Education world and into the General Education world when the big testing movement took off at the turn of the millennium.  I started out in a 4th grade classroom and loved it!  

In 2003, my husband and I returned to Florida where we met and attended High School Together.  I started teaching 3rd grade, then was moved into a reading intervention position which lead to my adventures with being a Reading First Coach.  I enjoyed the world of teacher professional reading development, but seriously missed working with children.  I left the world of coaching and returned to the classroom once again.  I started out in 2nd grade, was promoted to 3rd grade for two years, and then moved up to 4th!  This year I have a 3rd & 4th grade combination classroom.  I find it quite challenging, and much prefer teaching one curriculum/grade level at a time.  

I have a loving and wonderful husband, Al!  I convinced him to become a teacher after we relocated to Florida.  He teaches Engineering, Drafting, and Design at the High School Level and loves it!   

Here we are together over Christmas Break!  

My husband and I also take care of his little brother Sean.  Sean has Downs Syndrome and is a joy and added blessing to our family.  Here we are all together!

I hope you enjoy my blog and find it helpful to you in some way or another.  For me, it is an outlet to share what I love to do and collaborate with other brilliant teachers from around the world!  

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