07 August 2013

who, me?

As you may know, the Liebster Award is for up and coming blogs that have less than 200 followers. So what is a Liebster, you ask? Liebster is a German word that means sweetest, kindest, dearest, cute, endearing, etc. Such a thoughtful award! Here are the rules to accept this award:

[1] Link back to the person that nominated you.
[2] Answer the questions from your nominator.
[3] Share 11 random facts about yourself.
[4] Nominate 5 more blogs with less than 200 followers.
[5] Pose questions for your nominees


Thanks to Lindsey @ The Journey of A Beginning Teacher for nominating me!


1. If you weren't a teacher, what career would you have?
I'm not sure on the "career" front, but I think right at this moment I'd trade teaching for getting my masters and being a GA for a college swim team (if I HAD to!)

2. Who was your favorite teacher?
This is SO hard to choose, but I think my favorite group of teachers were my professors at SU. Our ed program was tiny and we had the same five professors over and over for four years. They challenged me to be a thoughtful, engaged, reflective teacher... and helped me grow in my personal life as well. They were always there for me, and I still text them to ask for advice or just to catch up!

3. Share a tip for newbie teachers {like me}!
Be nice to EVERYONE at your school, but especially the support staff (paras, custodians, secretaries, etc.) You will definitely need their help one day, and it will be to your advantage if you've been just a little sweeter than usual. 

4. Cats or dogs?
Dogs, absolutely!

5. What is your favorite board game?
I'm not a huge board game fan, but I recently played Quelf and thought it was really hilarious!

6. What is your fondest memory from your teaching career?
It's hard to choose, but I think one of my fondest memories was reading the notes from my 2nd grade class at the end of student teaching. This especially well-written one tugged at my heartstrings: 

7. Why did you start a blog?
Tough questions... I read blogs all the time and got such amazing ideas from them to improve my teaching or encourage me when I was feeling like maybe teaching was too much (how much money for how many hours of work?!?!). It's a great community, and I guess I hope that one day someone else will read what I've done that works (or doesn't!) and learn from it to help themselves become a better teacher. And frankly, no one else "gets" teaching. The huge investment in the kiddos lives, the amount of money poured out of your pockets and into the classroom, the "8a-3p" hours that are really 6a-10p somedays... It's nice to just see that other people understand.

8. What is your favorite school supply?
Colored pens, hands down!

9. Besides your current grade/content, what other grade/content would you want to teach?
I'd love to teach kindergarten for a year!

10. What is your favorite school related Pinterest pin?
Oh yikes. I'm really bad at picking just one favorite. I'll leave y'all with this:

1. I have lived in 15 different houses/dorms/apartments, 
2. My favorite scent is magnolia. I wear Bath and Body Works' discontinued spray, Magnolia Blossom, and one year my then-boyfriend, now-husband paid a ridiculous amount to order me some off of eBay because I was running out.
3. I got engaged and married pretty young... but that was not my plan and I've spent a lot of time trying to explain to people that God's timing is just perfect and had I not gone down the road I did I wouldn't just be "searching" for a husband at this point in my life.
4. I listen to the Bobby Bones show everyday on iHeart radio. If you don't, you should. They are hilarious and really good people.
5. I lovelovelove the idea of being a DIY, Pinspired domestic diva. But I'm not. So, I craft for my classroom and leave it at that!
6. I have a hard time answering the question, "Where are you from?". #bratlife
7. I swam competitively, year-round for 12 years.
8. I didn't start drinking coffee until last fall and I now have a cup every morning. I've recently started drinking it black, just to spite my husband.
9. I teach in a town that has a population of 1200. My high school had well over 2500 students one year that I was there.
10. I met my goober of a husband when I was 13. He's pretty much my bestie.
11. I've seen almost every recognizable landmark in Australia (Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock, Gold Coast, Syndey Opera House, etc.), but I haven't even been to Washington D.C. in the states!

I'm nominating:

1. If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be?
2. How/when did you decide to be a teacher?
3. What is your favorite pinspired project/recipe?
4. How did you come up with your blog name?
5. What was your favorite summer job?
6. How do you drink your coffee?
7. What is your favorite children's book?
8. Where do you like to buy "teacher clothes"?
9. How far do you commute to school?
10. What's been your favorite linky party so far?
11. Do you bring home work on the weekends?


  1. Thank you for nominating me! I look forward to answering the questions :)

  2. So excited you nominated me! Thanks a bunch! Can't wait to answer your questions. :)
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