Classroom Theme Reveal!

New State, New District, New Classroom, New Expectations

Man, am I excited.

We are in the process of taking one district and adding it to another district, which means we are starting everything over. New beginnings are allowing us to basically start from the ground up to create an excellent school.

My administrators (who are awesome) have challenged us to decorate our rooms to the extreme, like the Ron Clark Academy (look it up, the rooms are amazing.)

We each got to pick a theme and no two rooms could be the same. I was alerted of this via a phone call while I was blue crab fishing with my sister so we immediately for to work thinking of a theme.

Fishing in Galveston

Fishing in Galveston

With Krista’s help, we decided on something.

Vintage Airstream Camper

Why? Because it’s different. Because I had tons of space. Because no one else would think of it. Because “Under the Sea” was probably taken.

We took the idea and ran with it. I started Pinteresting and didn’t find much; apparently it’s too different! 

I was lucky and found an awesome Teachers Pay Teachers post of vintage campers in every color. Thanks to RebeccaB Designs for my inspiration! Her post can be found here.

I have been working at home for about 6 weeks and in my room for 2 days and will post the entire classroom tour when it’s before-school finished! (We all know it will change before kids actually get in the room.) 🙂

Emptiness=Possibility. Bring it on.

Emptiness=Possibility.
Bring it on.

Texas Teachin’

I’m Back!

Last fall, I was lucky enough to be a blogger for the K-State College of Education. I loved talking about my journey as a (basically) first year teacher. Since then, there has been a lot of changes.

In February, there were lots of rumblings about Kansas not starting school in the fall because of the lack of budget. As a music teacher (or specials/extracurricular as people say), I started to worry that my subject would be cut and I would be out of a job. Luckily, it didn’t get that bad, but I started to look elsewhere for a job. After some life changes earlier in the school year, there was nothing holding me back from picking up and moving somewhere else. By “else” I mean south.

I took a bit of advice from my mom and applied in Texas. All over Texas, actually. In February and March, I applied for dozens of jobs from band to choir to mariachi from Corpus Christi to Amarillo. One job stuck out to me; not only because it was a clean slate opportunity, but also because it was ten minutes from Galveston. Grading papers on the beach sounded a lot better than shoveling snow!

In March, I was hired as a middle school choir director in the great state of Texas. I would be moving to southern Houston to teach in a great district. I resigned from my position in Lansing, packed up my classroom (LMS was set to move to the “NEW” middle school), and moved 1200 miles away to League City, Texas, a suburb of Houston.

I have been here since the middle of June and I absolutely love it. It is hotter than the surface of the sun, but the abundance of fresh Mexican food, super friendly people and a short drive to the ocean makes it all worth it. I have fully embraced the move and have surrendered my Kansas citizenship to become a Texan. Sorry Kansas, love you but….Texas.

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I have had such a warm reception here; I have found a great church on Galveston, been working with a P.E.O chapter on the island and have a super supportive school staff. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to be.

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