About Me

I’m so excited you are here. Your presence here means that you are a teacher, are going to be a teacher, or there is a teacher in your life that you love. Teaching is truly a work of heart and you have obviously lost your mind for all the right reasons.

alice_allmadhereKids are quirky, loving, rude, confused, confident, insecure, and strange. Sometimes in the same class period. But this is why I wake up and go into a profession that challenges me to show what I am made of every day To be a teacher, you have to be a little crazy.

Teaching has pushed every limit I never knew I had. I began teaching after receiving a phone call from a principal during maternity leave. Months prior I applied for a job, any teaching job that would allow me to not work 12 hours a day with a little one. The stars aligned and I was hired.  I started the first day of the last marking period that year. I also had 3 preps of 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.

My first classroom looked like a jail cell. (I’ll probably do a classroom time capsule so yourcircusyou can see my classrooms).  The classroom was for a group of overaged (like 19 almost 20 years old), mostly male, high school students. They tested my patience, but my resolve was determined after day 1 when they told me they would run me off and that I was their 4th teacher that year. They also said I was cute, but looked like I needed to be teaching kindergarten. (I guess that’s a compliment considering K-5 teachers need a ton of energy and I was sleep deprived with a newborn.)

I wrote this blog when I felt hopeless, burned out, and did not like the feeling of it. I wanted to renew faith in myself and in others that felt the way that I did. Through this blog, I want to make sure teachers have any tools I can offer, and that we have more amazing days than days of frustration.

cropped-logowithouterblacklabel11.pngI teach flames because  the one quote that has always kept me going on hard days is “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” I want to spark the flame that makes my kids get passionate about learning. I want them to get a fire so bright they persevere through difficult days in class. I want to see them shine brightly when they succeed. My kids are flames, and I have the privilege to tend their fires.

My Favorite Theme for ANYTHING: I am weird and quirky so I LOVE anything WHIMSICAL. I like magic and imagination, so Whimsy is everything for me.

Current Classroom Theme: Black, White, and Colors BUT I am leaning towards Black White and Red for next year.

Favorite Food: Fish

Favorite Beverage: Coffee or Sweet Tea

Hobbies: Blogging, Writing, Trying New Cuisine, Spending time with my Toddler

Shows I Follow: Sleepy Hollow, Queen Sugar, Game of Thrones

Anything else you want to know? Let me know!