Meet the Teacher

Thanks to a day off from school (-21 F), I had the time to link up with Cara for the Meet the Teacher Party! If you want to join in, go to her amazing blog.

First off, here’s a little about myself. If you want to know anything else, just ask. ;)

I am 26 and from Alberta, Canada. I graduated BYU-I in August of 2005 and starting teaching right away. It was a CRAZY start! I’ve taught first grade for six years now, and couldn’t imagine teaching anything else. It is by far my favorite! I just finished my Master’s in Education/Literacy in November. That was an amazing experience, but I am so happy to be finished. I divorced a little over a year ago. Now, I’m looking forward to my next adventure... I’m thinking either Arizona (for the warmth) or Canada (for my family). Two extremes, but I’d love them both!

Q and A

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a teacher?
I would love to be a children’s author. I have always loved writing poems and stories. For a few classes in college, I wrote books for the final project. I’m working on getting one published right now!

Q: What are your hobbies?
Reading - I am so glad to have time to read for pleasure again. I just finished the Hunger Games series in less than a month! :)
Singing – I was in choir for 14 years growing up, 2 in college, and am currently looking for another one to join. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to sing! Perfect fit for first grade, right?? ;)
Shopping – I need to stop, but I may have a slight addiction.
Ice-Skating – While in Canada for Christmas, I bought some new skates and went every chance I got. So fun. One of the only things I like to do in the cold.

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’ve always wanted to be a teacher and an author. We had a giant chalkboard, and I loved to play school with anyone who would join! My mom also told me that I used to tell her stories and she would “publish” them for me. Funny!

Q: What are your guilty pleasures?
Chocolate carmels, nibs, Glee, the Bachelor, nail polish, blogstalking

Q: What is your biggest fear?!
I am scared of so many things, it’s ridiculous. Most animals freak me out: creepy, crawling bugs, snakes, spiders, bears, cats, birds, people dressed up in costumes... you just can’t tell what they are all thinking/looking at. Too creepy.

Q: When you’re on vacation, where do you like to go?
Anywhere warm! I went on a cruise to Mexico, and that was AWESOME!

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
It’s YOUR life. Do what YOU want.
I am too much of a people pleaser. I need to start thinking of myself for a change. And I am!

Q: What do you value most in others?
Compassion. I’ve had a few difficult experiences in the past, and have realized how important it is. I have learned that things aren’t always as they seem. You never know what is going on with someone. You never know what burdens they carry. We really have no right to judge anyone or think negatively of them. We need to make more efforts to help those around us. I am trying to find the positive in everyone and every situation. I am learning how to be more compassionate towards others.

Q: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass down to your kids, what would it be?
My sense of humor. You gotta have that to teach silly six year olds.

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world... living or dead... who would it be?
My entire family (mom, dad, three older brothers, three sister-in-laws, two nephews, two nieces, and one more on the way!). We haven’t all been together for a very long time.
I really couldn’t pick just ONE celebrity-type person. I’d want to have lunch with them all!!!

Now tell us one random thing about yourself:
I’ll tell you TWO things:

1. I am adopted. My birth mother was 15, so I was adopted as a little baby. I’m very grateful she gave me up. I have the most wonderful family!

2. I am very OCD in my classroom. I am trying really hard to let things go, but I will literally take down all the pictures and re-hang them if they don’t look right. I’ve even used a ruler to measure and plan ahead where to put things. When I hung up our frog life cycle scene (that post still to come!), There was about an inch of the wall showing. The old me would’ve taken it all down and started over. The new me left it up! Granted it drove me nuts everyday... baby steps, people... :)

Bonus: That's me in first grade!

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!} Copy the web address of your “Meet the Teacher” post and come back here & link up! It would be GREAT if you could visit at least 3 other teachers...get to know a little bit about your fellow bloggers...and leave a comment!!!! Don't forget to grab a button when you link up!!


Mrs. Harris said...

I just <3 the fact that the song I hear on your blog is BANANA PHONE!!!! You are now my favorite person :)

Claire @ Completely Claire said...

So glad you stopped by! I love your blog~ I've been here before!! :0) Have a wonderful day!

Rachelle said...

I love this! YOU GO GIRL! I love the 1st grade picture! Awesome idea!!!

kinderpond said...

People dressed up- you don't know what they are thinking? I never know what kids are thinking lol they often surprise me with their connections :)


Mrs. Wheeler said...

I am also obsessed with nail polish! And...I like to ice-skate! I can definitely relate!

Miss Kindergarten said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I've gotten lots of great ideas from you blog already! p.s. professional organization company, let's do this!

Cara Carroll said...

You are precious! Your blog was one of the first blogs I ever started to follow...even before I had my own! SUCH fun ideas!! So happy you linked up! Nice to "meet" you!!

Cara :)

Anna & Kirby said...

Loved reading about your. I was adopted too (by my mother) I just recently met my birth mother.