Thursday, July 11, 2013

It's a wonderful day! Liebster Award!

Happy Thursday! :)

It's the best Thursday I've had in a while. Why may you ask?! Some of you have been following along with my interview process and the process of landing the first big job... well I have SUCCEEDED! I officially accepted a position as a 7th Grade Social Studies teacher and JH track coach! I couldn't be more excited! I was offered it yesterday, and since then I've been on cloud nine! It's gonna be a wild ride, but I couldn't be more ecstatic about it! I hope you follow along through my first year, I could use all the tips and tricks to surviving the first year.

Also, Rachel from Senorita Creativa nominated me for the Liebster award! This is an award that is given to recognize new blogs and welcome them into the community!
To accept this award I must:
1. Link back to the blog that nominated me
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
3. Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator
4. Share 11 random facts about yourself
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees
6. Contact your nominees and let them know you nominated them
Questions for me to answer:
  1. What is your must-have teacher tool? My must have teacher tool is  Todays Meet . When I'm working with secondary students who almost all have smart phones, I love using this because it is a great quick assessment tool and my students don't even realize they are being assessed. My favorite assessment. :)
  2. What is your favorite age to teach? My favorite age to teach is middle-schoolers, some call me crazy, but I ABSOLUTELY love it. It's a wild ride, but so rewarding watching them mature through the years!
  3. If you had to eat one food/dish every day for the next year, what would it be? Pasta, hands down. I love Olive Garden, it's my favorite restaurant and I could eat there every meal for a week. I'm a big pasta eater, whether it's tortellini or spaghetti, it's all magnificent.
  4. What is your favorite subject or topic to teach? My favorite subject to teach is probably either geography or American History. I'm a social studies guru, and I love American History.
  5. What is your favorite place to buy teacher clothes? Old Navy is probably my absolute favorite, but I can always get a steal at Target. New York and Company is another favorite to get dress pants at because I can get them extra long, and being 6'1", I need them extra long. :)
  6. Chevron or polka dots? I've been bit by the chevron bug. I love chevron.
  7. What is your best teaching-related memory? Well, I don't have many as I'm heading into my first year as a teacher, but I have to say my last day of student teaching was probably my favorite/saddest moment. I loved student teaching and I always thought my students "liked" me, but the amount of crying, and wonderful cards and notes I got were amazing and really concreted that I am an actual teacher, and I'm good at it. :)
  8. What is the funniest thing a student has said to you? While substituting this past spring in a 1st grade classroom, I was asked if I had any grandkids, and I said no, I don't even have kids! I'm only 23! And his response was oh, I think my mom is younger than you! Ha, it made me giggle!
  9. What is your favorite organizational tool (teaching-related or not)? I'm big on labels, binders and checklists. I think that my planner is my favorite organizational tool, because I'm a big planner and checklist lady and I have checklists for everything. Sometimes, I put things on the list, just to cross them off! :)
  10. If you could talk to yourself before you started teaching, what would you tell yourself? Well, I'm just getting started, but patience and self confidence are two things I struggle with, and I just need to remind myself, everything will be okay, just be patient and have confidence in yourself!
  11. What is your favorite movie or tv show? My favorite show currently is probably Gossip Girl or the Bachelorette. I have to get in my dose of girl drama. :) My all-time favorite show will always be Criminal Minds. I love any law/crime show but Criminal Minds takes the cake.
 11 Random Facts:
  1. I was on the Kansas State Women's Rowing Team through college. 
  2. My dream job would be a wedding planner, as I love weddings and planning so it goes hand in hand! :)
  3. I am allergic to pineapple but it's one of my favorite fruits!
  4. I graduated with 25 students in my entire senior class. 
  5. I'm 6'1" and one of my best friends is 4'11", when we walk together, I swear people think I'm walking my little sister home from school.
  6. I love playing Call of Duty on X-Box. It's a good stress-reliever and exciting when I do well! :D
  7. My favorite meal is mashed potatoes, spaghetti and corn. I could eat it everyday.
  8. I have a Dr. Pepper addiction.
  9. I was born in California, but didn't live there longer than a few months.
  10. I love dill pickle chips. Lays Dill Pickle Chips are the BEST! :) :)
  11. I love to bake desserts, but hate desserts except brownies. And even then, I only like the middle piece of the brownie pan.
 11 Questions for YOU to Answer:

  1. What's your best piece of advice for a first year teacher?
  2. What's your favorite teacher website?
  3. What is your dream job?
  4. What's your favorite subject or topic to teach and why?
  5. What's your favorite food?
  6. When did you know that you wanted to be a teacher?
  7. What do you like to do during the summer?
  8. Who's your hero and why?
  9. What's your favorite organizational tool?
  10. What's the best pin you've pinned on Pinterest?
  11. How you do you start off the school year?

  1. Emily from Once Upon an Eager Teacher
  2. Jamie from  Teaching Tidbit
  3. Vanessa from The Educated Crown
  4. Mrs. Bryant from Teaching is a Hoot
  5. Melanie from Finding the Joy
 Love you all, 



  1. Thank you so much! It is good to know that someone is actually reading my blog! I am thrilled! Congrats on your new job!

  2. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. Have a great rest of the summer planning for your classroom!