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Sorry, Kindergarten Mom

Last night, I attended a 3 1/2 hour school board meeting about the reopening of school in the fall. It was a zoom meeting. Let that sink in for a moment. It was the first time that I had attended a board meeting since an ugly strike many years ago. As you can imagine, the … Continue reading

Returning to School From a Classroom Teacher’s POV

As a classroom teacher, I have lots of worries and concerns. I want to be back in my classroom teaching, but not until safety for everyone can be adequately addressed and when our numbers have significantly improved. I got into teaching because I love it. I stay because of the relationship aspect of my career; however, returning to school now, is … Continue reading


I haven’t written for a long time. Working as a first grade teacher keeps me busy. Normally. Like all of you, my normal world changed. Initially, we heard hints of it. “We” thought it was about “them” or “way over there.” It was sad and horrible but far away and we kept going as normal. … Continue reading


This is my last day of winter vacation. As I watch the football game, I think about the end of the holidays and the return to reality. The arrival of 2020 means new beginnings and new possibilities. Also, the hopeful return to good habits. I have been tossing around the idea of writing again. Trying … Continue reading

Good Enough Mother’s Day

At first glance on Facebook, there are lots of Happy Mother’s Day pictures this morning. Overdressed little ones lined up by the front of the house or family members smiling from the tables of fancier restaurants. Handmade cards, breakfast made by little hands, and coupons for promised hugs and kisses. But if you look closer, … Continue reading

Phases of a Teacher Vacation

So I sit here on Day 11 of my thirteen day vacation and I realize, I have hit the end of Phase Three. Teachers work hard and we start to look forward to winter vacation as parent/ teacher conferences wind down. We have finished assessments, report cards, and conferences and after all that, we are … Continue reading

Fall Update

Now that it’s October, I am beginning to settle into this school year. As always, I’m trying to figure out how to balance school, family & twice-exceptional advocacy and education. It’s clear that the more I speak to others, the more I need to educate and support 2e learners and those who have been put … Continue reading

Different Paths to Follow

Because my homeschooled son is entering eighth grade, his higher learning options have been on my mind lately. Homeschooling has been great for my family, but I have wondered if it might limit his educational choices in the future. With this in mind, I set out to read and educate myself. First, I needed information … Continue reading

My Younger Mama Self

I was older than most when I became a mama. I thought that all those years of watching others and teaching primary students would prepare me. It didn’t. Instead, I remember the early years as confusing. I didn’t understand why my son wasn’t progressing the way I had expected. His growing & changing was accelerated … Continue reading

Sunday Morning

While I sit here on a quiet Sunday morning drinking my coffee, my mind is buzzing. Sunday mornings are supposed to be free of that startling alarm, sweat pants, and couch time with my fur babies. This morning, all of this is true but I am simultaneously thinking about my busy time of year at … Continue reading