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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Starting a New Adventure

Nine summers ago I moved from Kentucky to Texas.  Only a month from graduating and three days after our wedding, my husband and I packed up all my belongings into my compact car and headed down to Texas.  Yes, I cried all the way and not just regular crying....We are talking about UGGGGLLLY crying while listening to the Dixie Chicks on repeat. Ha!  

So there I was leaving everything and everyone I grew up with and did I say a possible teaching position at the elementary school that I went to for kindergarten and first grade?!  Yes, I did.  But not for anyone, it was afterall my high school sweetheart and now, sweet husband.  I knew the wonderful adventures that were ahead of us and the new opportunities that were awaiting.  Nonetheless, I had to cry.

So after a full summer of job hunting and waiting for all my teaching credentials to transfer, I finally landed an interview.... on the day of MEET THE TEACHER!!! Wow! Was I nervous?!  Yes!  Terrified out of my mind!  But I kept my composure and everything went well.  So I went home and waited for a phone call that I had been waiting all my life! But the phone didn't ring...and so I called. :)  

To my very surprise, the school thought someone had already called to tell me that I was a candidate for another elementary school!  Cut to the chase, I called the school that I didn't interview for and was offered a job 15 minutes before Meet the Teacher Night as a first grade teacher!  Excited, elated, petrified, and relieved all wrestled inside of me!  But honestly, that was the best way to start my teaching career as it taught me that teaching is both exciting and unpredictable.

Nine years at one district, two babies, three teams, 190+ students, and countless sweet memories of teaching later, I am starting another adventure!  

This time, I'm going back to second grade but moving into a different classroom, school, district, and curriculum- STEM!

I'm so excited for this wonderful new opportunity to learn about STEM and continue to grow as a teacher!  

In addition, I love photography so much that I have decide to take this sweet hobby of mine and create picture perfect photos to be used for various social media platforms (hence this post's photo). :) As I create more, I will definitely share them with you as FREEBIES!  Below is the first FREEBIE! Simply click to the image below, save, and use it to make your own blog title photo!


I am also super excited to share that I have finally completed my First Grade Social Studies Curriculum Bundle!  This has been a true labor of love as each unit was created out of necessity and with my sweet students in mind from the beginning to the end.  It is a growing bundle therefore as more units are created, more will be added for redownloading!  If you would like to check it out, click to the image below. 


So yes, there is a lot of things going on at the moment....but I'm so ecstatic that I will be documenting my journey here on my blog!  From setting up my new classroom, to my STEM trainings, to all the new ideas I learn along the way, and all the other adventures in between, I hope to share them here with you!

And I promise, this time there will be no UGLY crying. :)

Please stay tuned!



Friday, July 15, 2016

My Top 5 Magical Moments at TPT Conference 2016

After months of anticipation and planning, it was finally here- The TPT Conference! I had read about past conferences on blogs and in the forum and talked to my blogging friends who have attended before, and decided that this year would be the year that I would follow through and go.

So with butterflies in my stomach, 3 hours of sleep from the night before because I was so nervous I couldn't sleep, and my blogging bestie turned real-life bestie, Antoinette from Shoelaces and Sugarcookies by my side, I attended my first TPT Conference in Orlando!

From the keynote speeches to all the sessions that I attended, I learned so much and I was able to connect with so many who share the same passion and enthusiasm for teaching and helping other teachers!

I could go on and on about everything that happened, but I got two babies napping and my time is kindda limited.:)  So with that being said, these are my Top 5 MAGICAL moments at the TPT Conference 2016!




5. It's at DISNEY, y'all!

It just doesn't get any more magical than this! 



4. Meeting & Connecting with Other Teacher Bloggers

I have met so many wonderful and kind-hearted teacher bloggers at the conference, I can't even tell you how many!  How often do you meet strangers who immediately take you in as a friend and generously share their knowledge so that you can grow personally and professionally?  This in itself is magical!  I love meeting all the teacher bloggers who I have followed  for so long in person and meeting new bloggers who have now become friends.



3. Getting to Know the TpT Team

This has gotten to be one of the highlights of my experience!  After years of seeing profile pictures and names in email correspondence, I finally got to meet the members of the TpT team who work so hard and diligently to make our experience as teacher-authors possible. From the Admin Team to the Customer Service Team to the Design Team and everyone in between, thank you, thank you, thank you!  Thank you TPT Team for this wonderful conference and for working so incredibly hard everyday back at the headquarter, and essentially, being the vessel of change in education!




2. Learning From Other Teachers

With so many teachers across the US and even around the world who came, there was so much wealth of knowledge and experience in one place! I loved talking to other teachers about their experience and what they have learned along their journey.  The more we shared, the more connected we felt, and the more we felt supported and encouraged in our journey together.



1. Recognizing & Accepting the Magic Within

Everyone who comes into education and has taught knows what it takes to be a educator.  We are educators, but we know that we are also so much more to our students.  To teach the best that we can, we must be the best that we can everyday.  We must recognize the magic within us and share with other teachers our experience and wealth of knowledge.  Together, we are powerful, but individually, we are magical. 




Thank you for reading! If you also attended the TpT Conference 2016 and would like to share your magical moments, please link up with me below!  I would love to read about it!



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