All About ME!

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well."

Diane Ackerman 

Me and my Mum
 The first thing you need to know is that I love to laugh. I hope I can share that joy with you.

My immediate family in Port Angeles, WA
The second thing you need to know is that my family is super-de-duper important to me. I love mine very much.
My niece and god-daughter.

Hmm...more about me...I could tell you my favorite color (turquoise) or book (To Kill a Mockingbird), but why not give you some tasty tidbits to get a deeper sense of who I am?

I enjoy walking in the rain. Or walking in general. Not running. I was once hit by a car while riding my bike- everyone (including the bike) survived. My bike went on to be stolen and in a shoot out with the police (NO joke- there was actually an evidence bag on the handle covering up blood when I got it back). I like the feeling of serenity I get when I paint. I have motion sickness that can only be cured with napping and/or fresh air. I've often thought about owning a drive-in movie theater.

I want children to stop dying from starvation and curable diseases.

If I threw a dinner party and could invite anyone, I would ask Steven Colbert, Lucille Ball, Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo da Vinci, Mother Teresa and Joss Whedon over for coconut shrimp, teriyaki chicken rice bowls, chocolate cheesecake and wine. I have never lived at an address for longer than five years (no, I wasn't running from the law). Someday, I will hike through New Zealand, walk the Great Wall, yell in the Grand Canyon, catch a show in New York, swim with sea turtles in some tropical, lovely place, and glide through the canals of Venice. I crack the caramelized top of creme brulee with great delight. I believe in God and feel safe in my soul every time I go to church.

To make a long story short- here's the rest of me: forth year teacher, movie fanatic, artist, consumer of books and chocolate, professional appreciator, sister, daughter, and nomad- yup. That about sums me up.

This blog is meant to communicate my love of teaching and to let the world know about the happy times in my classroom. It's important for you to know that many great things go on in education, and sometimes I need to remind myself of that important fact too. So many funky things happen on the road to the "Aha!" moment. It's that sudden connection and realization in my students' eyes that makes the whole journey worth while. No matter where or what I teach, I hope I can awaken joy in every child I have the privilege of meeting.


My students and I with a Holocaust survivor.