Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Blog Award and a Shout Out to A Super Science Teacher Friend

I am thrilled and honored that Jess and Kheila from Two Friends in First nominated my little blog for the Liebster Award. 

Liebster is German, and it means "dearest", "lovely", "cute", "beloved" and "welcome". I think that's a quite a word! Since blogging is about creating community, this award is an awesome way to spread the word about new blogs.

To accept the nomination you must:
1. Link back to the blog that nominated you.
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
3. Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator.
4. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
6. Contact your nominees and let them know you nominated them.

Questions for Me:
1. Why did you start blogging?
I knew nothing about blogging until I taught summer school last year. A much younger teacher friend of mine, Hannah, mentioned that "Blogging is what all the teachers do now." I had no clue what she was talking about, but I had to learn more. I checked out some blogs, and I was intrigued to say the least. When I saw that my friend, Wendy (Read With Me ABC), started her own blog last summer, I decided then and there that I could do it too. Wendy and I have helped each other out throughout the year many times!  I've learned so much from blogging, met so many awesome teachers and I'm so happy I decided to do this.
2. Where did you go to college?
For undergraduate school (Elem Ed/Early Ch), I went to Millersville University of PA. I started graduate school (Spec Ed) at Bloomsburg University of PA, and I finished it at Shippensburg University of PA. I went back for my Rdg Spec  Cert at Cabrini College (that's where I met Wendy).
3. What advice would you give new teachers?
Three things came to mind immediately...
#1: Do not let negativity bring you down. Teaching is a hard, yet wonderful profession. Shut your ears off to negativity. There is no room for it in this profession.
#2: Don't let teaching take over your life. It's o.k. if something isn't colored and laminated. The world will not end if you don't have the cutest materials. As long as students are learning, that's what counts! 
#3: Stay current! Education is forever in a state of change. It is your responsibility to stay current on best practices and research. This will also keep you fresh and motivated! 
4. What superhero power would you like to have for a day?
When I was about 6, I wanted to be Wonder Woman. Imagine my disappointment when my mom finally caved and brought me to the local department store to buy Wonder Woman Underoos and all they had where C-3P0s (yes, I got the C-3P0s). Anyway, I don't remember what super powers WW had, but I remember she had a lot of gadgets that were pretty cool. I would like to have her invisible jet for a day or her powerful tiara...maybe her bracelets or her lasso.
5. Who is your favorite musical artist/band.
Madonna! I loved her in the 80s (had the lace glove and hair bow), and I still love her! I'm so blessed that I got to see her in concert. What a show!
6. What is your favorite sport and sports team?
I am so not into sports! My husband lives and breathes sports, so that's kind of funny! I like the Giants and Yankees by proxy. PHR Royal Blue too (the team my son played on). Also, baseball is my favorite sport because that's what my son  plays.
7. What are the sweet and salty snacks you can't live without?
I love pizza with regular chips and a Coke. Also, I smash up pretzels and put them on top of ice cream.
8. Do you have any children?
I sure do!
9. If you didn't teach, what would
 you want to do?
I would want to be a hairdresser. It's a job that uses creativity, and I would love to help people look and feel their best. I still remember styling my Barbie head (remember those?)...I cut her hair in a lopsided bob AND I gave her a tail!  I cut (and styled)my sister's Farrah Fawcett head too...and I got in a heap of trouble for that! 
10. What is your favorite clothing store?
I don't get a lot of time to myself, so I prefer to shop online instead of going to actual stores. The two I order from the most are Gap and Loft.
11. What is a famous quote you love? 
"The idea is to die young as late as possible."
 To me, this means to stay forever young, take care of myself and enjoy life to the fullest.

11 Random Facts About Me:
1. I married my high school sweetheart. We've been together for 23 years, and we've been married for 12.
2. I'm from Hazleton, PA. I now live in Harrisburg, PA (about an hour south of where grew up).
3. When I was 7 years old, I got hit by a car when crossing my street. As a result, I broke my right femur. It happened in May, and I had to stay in the hospital for 6 weeks (in traction). My 8th birthday party was at the hospital! I'm now deathly afraid of cars!
4. I have a cat named Mowgli.
5. I drive a really old Jetta (it's bought an paid for, and I can't justify buying a new car).
6. I love the 80s (the music, the fashion).
7. I love to read...especially professional books. I'm a nerd at heart!
8. Gardening is quickly becoming one of my favorite hobbies.
9. I like to workout at home.
10. My favorite show is Three's Company.
11. I have one sister and one brother.

My Nominees:
1. Lori at Mrs. Ross's Science Class (Lori is a friend and colleague who teaches science in our K-2 building-be sure to check her blog out)
2. Kristen at The First Grade Scoop
3. Kady at The Teaching Trap
4. Susan at First Grade Friendly Froggies
5. Cheryl at Cheryl's Classroom Tips

Questions for the Nominees:
1. How long have you been blogging?
2. If you've taught multiple grade levels, what grade level is your favorite? Why?
3. What is the funniest thing that ever happened in your classroom?
4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
5. Why did you decide to teach?
6. What is your favorite food?
7. Do you have any pets?
8. What is your favorite song?
9. What was the last book you read?
10. Do you have any children?
11. What is your most memorable experience as a teacher?


  1. Congratulations on your Liebster. :) I learned some new things about you. THanks for sharing.

    Read With Me ABC

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