Meet the Teacher
For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a teacher. I played school with my little sister and her neighborhood friends as often as I could rope them into it. My favorite childhood birthday was the year I got an overhead projector and a white board as a present. I looked up to my elementary school teachers as if they were Disney princesses, and I wanted nothing more than to be just like them when I grew up.
Fast forward to college. At freshman orientation I watched as so many of my friends struggled to figure out what to do with their futures. Many of my peers found themselves puzzled over which major to declare. I felt so fortunate that there was no question in my mind as to what I'd be choosing: Elementary Education. I spent the next three and half years (I graduated a semester early) soaking in everything I could to prepare me for my dream job. I completed my student teaching in 3rd and 4th grade classrooms.
The spring after I graduated in December with my Bachelor of Arts degree, I was hired as a long-term substitute for a maternity leave in a 2nd grade classroom in my hometown. The following summer, I married my best friend and high school sweetheart and moved cities so he could pursue an additional degree. I was hired as a 2nd grade teacher in our new town. After Mr. Spouse finished graduate school, we moved cities again for his job. This time, we headed back to our hometown where I was hired as a 5th grade teacher to teach ELA and Social Studies.
Before long, Mr. Spouse's job once again brought changes for my career. He was offered an amazing opportunity to travel with his company for a year. So, we had to choose between his job and mine. By that time, I'd been able to follow my dreams and teach for several years, so we decided it was his turn to follow his dreams. I left the classroom and packed my laptop up to follow him on the road. I began writing and developing resources for other teachers full-time during our travel. Early on in our year of travel, we found out we were expecting our first child. I had planned to return to the classroom after our year of travel, but Mr. Spouse and I decided that we both wanted me to stay home with our little one.
Being able to write and develop resources for other teachers to use in the classroom has been such a blessing to me. It furthered my passion for curriculum while I was in the classroom and has allowed me to stay connected to education while I have not been able to physically be in the classroom. I sincerely enjoy every second I get to spend creating resources and hope that my passion for it shows through in what I do!
Behind the Scenes
Want to learn more about why I began creating differentiated passages? Check out this post.