Wednesday, July 3, 2013

My Story

To help get me back on track with blogging this summer I decided to participate in KinderChat's #Kinderblog13 summer blog challenge. If you want to know more about the challenge check it out here! The challenge officially begins this weekend, however, Amy over at KinderChat decided to post a fun little warm up challenge.... so here is my story in 250 words or less!

What do you do, why do you do it, how do you do it, for how long have you been doing it, where do you do it?
I am a creative, fun, adventurous, crafty, talkative, friendly person! I am a mommy of a 4-year-old girl. I am a wife. I am a Kindergarten teacher in NY. I have been teaching for a total of 8 years now, 2 years as a first grade intervention assistant and then 6 years as a K teacher. I have always known since I was a young child that I wanted to be a teacher. I dream of teaching kinders through a hands on, interactive, small group, print rich, multi-sensory, engaging curriculum. Because of these dreams I have set out on a quest this summer to find a school for the 2013-2014 school year that will allow me to grow as an educator, and share my ideas and visions.

What do you BELIEVE about what you do?
As a teacher I truly believe that all students are unique and special and can learn... however I also believe that there are two very important factors in this - how engaged and open minded the teacher is and how much support there is at home. I believe that while teaching is my passion it is not my life... It is important to put aside my work and make my family a priority when I am home. As a mommy I believe that the best education comes from going out and doing things. Cooking up crazy things together in the kitchen, taking day trips, exploring right outside the front door, taking walks, or just laying on the grass looking at the clouds.

How do you FEEL about what you do?
As a mommy I wish I could do more! I wish there were more hours in the day and I treasure my summers where my daughter gets my attention almost 24/7! I enjoy having this special time to help her grow and learn and spark her creativity. As a teacher I have found myself in a situation that was not a positive one and have taken matters into my own hands! 2013 is the year for change for our family and this includes my career... where the road may go I am not sure but I am excited about this adventure that I am embarking on!

As a Kindergarten teacher I know rules are sometimes made to be broken... and clearly the concept of 250 words or less went in one ear and out the other! I did tell you that I was a talker and I meant it! I'd love to know a little more about you! Why not join in on KinderChats #KinderBlog13 Challenge?!?!


  1. Great post Stephanie! Good Luck in your new adventure and Thanks for sharing your reflections! We all certainly share the feeling that there is neither enough time nor energy to do all we want to do as teachers! A true testimony of the passion and excitement of the job of working with YOung Children.

  2. I love how positive you are about finding a new adventure for 2013. I wish I could say the same thing for myself! I look forward to reading more of your posts. :)

    1. Hi Meg,

      It took me a long time to be positive about this adventure! I was at my old school for 6 years and I loved the kids and the teachers there... it was and still is a bit hard to say goodbye but I just know deep down that there is something more waiting for me. I am meant to spread my wings and do something more and I'm thinking this new school is exactly what I am meant to be doing! :) Just remember you decide your future, choose your own path and follow your heart!

  3. Best wishes finding a school where your can teach the way that you know that children learn best. Enjoy the summer with your daughter. I need to get on with accepting the #kinderchat challenges. I am following on bloglovin' and on Google Friend Connect.

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    1. Thank you for the words of encouragement! This is my first time doing the #kinderblog challenges and I'm excited to have some guidance to get me back into blogging this summer. Thanks for following me, I hopped on over to your blog and I'm now a follower via Google Friend Connect and Bloglovin'