It's taken me a while to plunge in and start at teacher blog. I have had a personal blog since 2008, and I have done a variety of blogs and webpages over the years as a classroom teacher, program administrator, and university adjunct. But the first grade blogs out there TOTALLY intimidated me - sooooooo many incredibly talented and creative people producing AMAZING stuff! But finally I couldn't resist and longer, so now there's this blog to "tend" as well as my very active personal blog and classroom blog - oh well, the more the merrier!
I taught K - 2 for 7 years in Oakland and Los Angeles, CA and then moved to the Intermountain West where I taught 5th for three years. I then worked at the district and state level as a program coordinator for gifted education. But I missed classroom teaching hugely during those years, and discovered that I definitely didn't love administration - too many spreadsheets, not enough read-alouds! I was super lucky to be offered a position at my previous school, with a great principal and an incredible first grade team. My first year back in the classroom was GREAT and I'm looking forward to many more to come!
My husband and I love to hike, and we are lucky to live close to three beautiful national parks where we can indulge our passion. We're both "geeks" (he's a web designer/programmer) and love us some good technology. Aside from hiking, we like to be home in our yard with our two dogs, eating some good food (I love to cook) and enjoying life!