A short bio about myself. I've always been working with kids since I can remember. I knew probably since high school that I wanted to have a career working with kids. When I started college, the goal was to become a pediatrician and then be a kindergarten teacher when I retired. Not sure what I was thinking then but one course of physics made me drop my doctor route and head straight towards the teacher route. I received my Masters in Teaching and credential at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2012 and was very fortunate to find a teaching job the summer after. I am currently on my second year of teaching first grade in Oakland. Not going to lie, the first year was rough. But I did have some wonderful kids and parents, colleagues, and principal who all helped me get through the year. Now, I am ready to face this second year head-on (I think)! Woohoo!
School officially starts next Monday. I have been working on getting the classroom ready for the kids and oh my, there is so much to do! On my first day back in the classroom, I literally just sat in the middle of the classroom for a good couple minutes and just stared. Now it's been two days spent in the classroom (plus a BTSA orientation, yuck!) and I've made some changes that I'm happy with but still not ready for any kids. And now we have two full days of PD and one full day left in the classroom. I sure hope everything gets finished in time!
There's still so much to say and share about my back to school preparations but I feel like this entry is getting long enough. I guess I'll end for now with some pictures!
|My hallway bulletin board. The monkeys are actually swinging into the classroom!|
|My Vistaprint creations. There's also an "I PICK" poster I made that's not in here.|
Can you guess my classroom theme this year? :)