Welcome! I am a full-day kindergarten teacher at a delightful little school in Boise, Idaho. Cecil D. Andrus Elementary is the school my own kids attended for many years before I started teaching there. So every morning that I walk into school, I feel as if I am at my home away from home!
For the past several years I have been immersed in the wonderful world of kindergarten and I love it! A teacher for 17 years, I spent much of that time in second grade, slowly worked my way to first, and then finally, found myself a kindergarten teacher. Teaching at this grade level and working with my “littles” have filled my life with an inexplicable joy.
I hear so many people say that they knew they wanted to be teachers for as long as they could remember. They talk about how growing up, they spent countless hours playing school and dreaming of the day that they could have their very own classroom.
I was not one of those teachers. It wasn’t until my senior year in college that I finally thought about getting into education. I started my teaching career on an emergency credential, in the middle of the school year with absolutely no practical experience. It was not an ideal way to begin, to say the least! The first few years were pretty challenging, but with the help of some pretty amazing teachers, somehow I made it through.
According to Mark Twain, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Well, after those first few years, I finally figured out why I was born. I wasn’t prepared for this profession, but I quickly realized that there is way more to teaching than what you learn from taking classes. My students inspire me every day to be the best I can be, and I can truly say that teaching children is a calling that was placed upon my heart! I love working with children and watching them grow, learn, and succeed. I also find so much inspiration from other teachers.
Aside from teaching, there’s nothing I love more than spending time with my sweetheart of more than three decades and having fun with my two awesome children — family means EVERYTHING to me! I am a creative soul and I love cooking for my friends and family. When I am not in my kitchen, you will find me “whipping” up new and creative ideas to use in my classroom. I look forward to sharing them with you!
Teaching is all about helping — helping kids and helping each other. I am over-the-moon excited about this new blogging experience that Scholastic has presented me with and for the opportunity to share some of my ideas with you. I am grateful to finally be in a position to give back for all I have received throughout the years. They say “it takes a village,” and I surely wouldn’t be where I am today without all the support, love, and patience of so many wonderful teachers along the way. Thanks for stopping by and following me for a year of discovery, laughter, and learning!
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