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September 21st, 2010
Hi everyone. I looked and it has been a long time since I last updated my blog. On May 25th I finished my first year of teaching. I have learned so much over this past year from both the students that I taught and the staff members at my school. Currently, I am on summer break and am enjoying the time off. Summer started off great with a visit to St. Simons beach off the Georgia coast. My friend Melissa and her husband are living there for a year so I thought what a great place to visit. My roomate Katie and I are in the process of moving into a house. We can’t wait to have a backyard so the dog can run around outside! The next month will mostly revolve around the World Cup. My family and I are huge soccer fans and will enjoy watching the games from South Africa. I hope that everyone is doing well. I was so excited to see the success of the Casino Night. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the event. I wish I could have been there.
December 29th, 2009
Wow, I can’t believe how much time has passed since my last post. My first year of teaching is going great. I am been extremely busy working with the students and handling all of the other responsibilities that come with teaching. The staff and faculty at my school are so supportive of me and my students. Some of the fun activities that we have done so far this year include learning math concepts by tracking a college football team. Also, we go on community skills outings once a week and have gone to places such as bowling and the grocery store. My students are also in charge of the recycling program at school. They take great pride in their jobs. At home, my family is doing well. We have a new addition, my brother and sister-in-law adopted a dog, Finley. He loves visiting Athens. My family has spent most of our weekends tailgating for UGA football games. We loved inviting family and old friends to come and enjoy an afternoon “between the hedges.” Currently, I am busy getting ready for Christmas. I will finish school on Friday and get two weeks off. We plan on spending some time in Charlotte to celebrate Christmas with my extended family. I am excited to have brother and sister-in-law with us this Christmas. I hope that everyone enjoys their time with family and friends this holiday season.
September 10th, 2009
I hope that everyone has enjoyed their summer. On August 10th I started my first year of teaching. I am teaching students with special needs. Currently I have 7 students in my classroom and am lucky to have the help of a great paraprofessional. School has been very busy, and I have been attending lots of training sessions. The staff at my school is wonderful and so helpful. My students are excited for college football to start. Each student has a team that they will be keeping track of their wins and losses. Of course I will be keeping track of the Georgia Bulldogs! In July, I moved into a townhome with my friend Katie. We are enjoying decorating our new place and keeping her dog off our furniture! I am looking forward to Labor Day weekend, celebrating Katie’s birthday and relaxing. Thanks so much to everyone who supports the scholarship. I hope that everyone enjoys their Labor Day Weekend.
July 2nd, 2009
On May 8th I graduated from UGA. I attended,with my friends, the College of Education Convocation Ceremony. Our keynote speaker was the head coach of UGA’s gymnastics team. This past year the Gym Dogs won their fifth national title in a row. Coach Susan was a great speaker. After graduation I flew to New Jersey to attend SMT Casino Night. I had such a great time especially meeting Kristin and Zach. I wanted to thank all of those who attended and supported Casino Night.
There has been a lot to celebrate this summer. My mother retired after 34 years of teaching. We had a great retirement party in honor of her. Also, I attended a wedding in the mountains of North Georgia. This past weekend, my friends Melissa and Brad were married on Myrtle Beach. I was so honored to be a bridesmaid in their wedding. On a personal note, my grandmother passed away on Saturday after being ill for several years. She was a strong women and in her memory we have asked friends and family to donate to SMT. My family felt that this was a great way to honor her and to support the foundation that means so much to us. In the next few weeks, my family will be taking a beach vacation. Also, I am starting to get my classroom ready to begin teaching on August 6th. I can’t wait!
April 30th, 2009
Currently I am in my final stretch of student teaching. This week my students will be taking their big standardized test, so it is a little stressful at school. I just got back from a weekend at the beach with friends. We had a great time relaxing and going on a little road trip. This upcoming weekend is the Twilight Festival, so my friends and I are going to watch a professional bike race through downtown Athens.
Last week I took a job offer. Starting in August I will be teaching at Magill Elementary School in Loganville, GA. I will still live in Athens and drive to school. I am so excited, I love the principal that I interviewed with. So things are busy with getting ready for graduation and finishing student teaching. I will finish student teaching on April 30th and graduate May 8th!
March 21st, 2009
The past couple of weeks have been extremely busy. I have been on two interviews for Elementary School positions and am waiting to hear whether or not I will get a job offer. Also, this past week I turned in my final lesson plan to my advisor. She will come in to observe me later in the week. Currently, I have 29 days left of student teaching, not that I am counting. My students are busy preparing for the big standarized test in April. My sorority will be hosting our annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament to support our philanthropy, Service for Sight. Also, I volunteered at the Big Hearts Pageant for Special People and helped with their silent auction. It was so much fun seeing all of the children dressed up! In the upcoming weeks I will hopefully be going on some more interviews and finishing up student teaching assignments. I am looking forward to Spring Break in April.
February 14th, 2009
The past couple weeks have been very busy. Recently, my school hosted parent/teacher conferences and I got to sit in on some of my student’s conferences. It was a great learning experience. Currently in student teaching, I have taken over three parts of the day. This upcoming week I get 2 days off for winter break, and I am so excited to have a little down time. My students were so excited about Valentine’s Day and we did lots of activities to celebrate this holiday.
I have finished applying to 4 school systems and will be going to two Job Fairs the week of the 23rd. My funny child quote of the week is from one of my 4th graders. He brought his math homework in to check and did not do it correctly.
Teacher: John, you didn’t do what the problem asked.
John: I did it my way.
Teacher: Go back and try it again.
He comes up the 2nd time with his homework.
Teacher: John, you still didn’t do what the problem asked, try it again.
John: I hate puberty, and I don’t even know what it is.
I will keep everyone updated on my job search.
February 2nd, 2009
I was born with pulmonary atresia.
This condition occurs when the pulmonary valve does not form properly. Therefore, the blood can’t flow from the right ventricle into the pulmonary artery and on to the lungs. I had three open heart surgeries, during the first 18 months of my life, and continue to be monitored yearly.
I am so excited about having my own blog and looking forward to keeping readers updated on what is happening in Athens, Georgia. Currently, I am not taking any classes. However, I am student teaching full time. I am at school from 7:30-3:30, Monday through Friday. This week is very exciting because I will be taking over my first segment of the day. This requires me to come up with the lessons I plan to teach my children and to instruct them from start to finish. By mid March, I will be taking over my classroom all day. Working with students, who have exceptional needs, is very rewarding and lots of fun. Everyday the kids make me laugh. Every week I would love to post a “quote of the week” that one of my students has said to me. On Friday, two of my students were sent home sick and we were talking with the class about germs.
Teacher: “Guys, I hope that you didn’t bring your germs into my class this morning.”
Student: “I didn’t bring in my germs, I brushed my teeth this morning.”
This month I will be spending lots of my time preparing for various job fairs and interviews. At the end of the month, I will be traveling to Charlotte, NC and meeting with the Special Education Director of that school system. Also, I will be attending two job fairs and meeting with principals. I am busy preparing my resume and teaching portfolio. I am so proud to be a part of the SMT Foundation and will keep updating my blog.