Why I decided to Blog
I want to start off by answering the BIG question that most people will ask when they find my blog which is…… drum roll please….. “Why do you have a blog?”
I will give you the “short” version of the answer lol! When I was a little girl, fun for me consisted of playing “fake school” with my siblings. I would go to the library or garage sales and get books that I could use for “fake school.” I actually took the time to prepare by planning what subjects I would teach, and what I would cover for each subject. I am one out of five kids. My siblings were my students lol! In 7th grade, I tried out for the cheerleading squad at our local Middle School and I did not make the team. Instead of giving up, and moving on with life I decided to study how to do gymnastics by reading books from the library. Over the Summer I taught myself how to do cartwheels, splits, and round-offs by reading, reading, reading, and practicing. So what do you think happened when I showed up to try out for the cheerleading squad in 8th grade?….. You guessed it! I made the cheerleading squad! (check out my 8th-grade cheerleading pic below!)
I continued cheerLEADING throughout High School. I went to college and pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Oral Roberts University.
When I graduated from college, I hit the ground running in pursuit of my passion for teaching in a classroom. When I completed 8 years of teaching, and had my first two of three beautiful children, I have learned a lot. One of my favorite quotes EVER is by the late Maya Angelou:
I decided that I have learned soooo much on this journey called life! I have so many “golden nuggets” that I can share with the world. Instead of being stingy, I want to be generous and SHARE! I am not perfect, I am human! I have made bad mistakes and bad judgments. Learn with me. I am blogging to connect with people all over the world who are Teachers or Mommies, or BOTH! Thank you for joining me on this journey! Oh the places we’ll go! (Thanks Dr. Seuss!)
Why “Teacher Mom”?
Often times, people ask me what I “do for a living.” 5 years ago that answer was simple because I taught 4th grade self-contained classroom. At this point in my life, it would be really easy for me to say I am a “stay at home mom” because I would love to stay at home with my children. However, what I “do” is not limited to staying home with my children. I am a FULL TIME Teacher and Mom. Here are reasons why I made the decision to create “she’s Teacher Mom“:
- I am dually Degreed in education. I have a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, and a Master or Arts Degree in Media Design. I have been teaching for 10 years. I have become accustomed to living off of two streams of income, my career income and supplemental income from a business venture. It was easy to pick up extra gigs to have more “fun money” pre-baby. Once I gave birth to my first two beautiful children who were born 11 months apart, it seemed important to stay home while they were young, but challenging to let go of income comforts.
- I needed a “work from home” job. Well the good thing about this part of the challenge is the word “needed,” which is past tense! Yippee! I contemplated starting an at Home Child Care for over a year. While browsing Pinterest during my season of contemplation I ran into an awesome Entrepreneur who was successfully running an at Home Child Care in California. After I emailed her to commend her on her organized Home Child Care, we became pen pals! We emailed back and forth for months. She shared sooo much and truly paved the way for me to step out and start my own business. After starting and running my own at Home Child Care business for 2 1/2 years, I returned back into the classroom as a 5th Grade ELA teacher. As an Educator I learned that learning NEVER stops, it is ongoing.
- I LOVE Media. I fell in love with Media my Senior year of Highschool. (East Kentwood High School- Kentwood, Michigan) During my Senior year at “EK” I took a Video Production class. That class changed my life! From there I dove into media projects from promo videos, to graphic design. Shortly after publishing my first book: Seeing the Unseen: Visions Built On Dreams, I found myself pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Media Design at Full Sail University. I now hold my third degree: M.F.A. Media Design. Since blogging allows me to interact with media, I consider it a match made in heaven!
- I am a teach-aholic.Every opportunity that I get, I find myself teaching myself or someone else something. I strategize ways to improve things, and often find myself haring how I accomplished a goal. Having a platform to share with the world is very exciting!