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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

Update. I know it is about time!

Yes, I know. It has been too long since sharing my last post. I try to keep my promise and stay in touch, but before I know it, days quickly turn into weeks and those weeks add up to months Parenting an often moody tween with raging hormones and working full time in my classroom … Continue reading

Not Again

This week has been emotional. I have watched politicians give lip service to grieving parents. I have seen our so-called president propose that teachers should now carry guns. As if our job isn’t already overwhelming enough?! Will this be yet another reason why families choose homeschooling? Will this be another reason why smart people avoid … Continue reading

In Action

As a teacher, you think about your students beyond the 8-5 hours. I see a book or a video and it makes me think of one of my students. I have a first grade team that enjoys talking kids and learning over lunch or coffee. We didn’t choose this teacher life for the supposed summers … Continue reading

Boost is the Word!

So yesterday was amazing! I actually saw my book and held it with my own hands! My principal saw me during lunch and casually mentioned that she wanted me to sign her copy. I was visibly surprised. I hadn’t seen it yet.  I mean, of course I’ve read it. I’ve read it many times. I’ve … Continue reading

Things are getting real!

As I sat down between laundry and dishes, I decided to catch up on what’s going on in the world. A little Facebook and then Twitter and then…okay, I’ll admit it…Candy Crush.  In the middle of this, I searched some book sites and I found something thrilling. At this moment, readers can order my book … Continue reading

I’m going to Copyright My Name

We went to our traditional New Year’s Eve dinner at our favorite restaurant. It’s a fancy place that requires a collared shirt and deep pockets.  As we talked about the highlights of the past year and considered goals for 2018, the topic of my book release came up. I explained that I was very proud … Continue reading