Saturday, July 23, 2016

Year One…Done!

Ok Friends! It has been a long time since I have written on this blog. The truth is as my position switched from a teacher into administration I found it hard to think about what to write. After talking with my old team mate, Monica from The Schroeder Page, I thought it was time to get back to the blog.

A lot of things have change in the last year: I started at a new school, finished my Ed.D and completed my first year as an AP! The number one question I get from bloggers is which do you like better: being and AP or being a teacher? I have to be honest- it is hard work being a teacher! I have such admiration for teachers. The stress that I put on myself each day to make sure each child was making growth was overwhelming. It kept me up at night. Don't get me wrong I still put a lot of stress on myself to ensure that my school is performing but I don't carry the weight alone. Luckily I have an amazing group of educators at my school who remind me that we are all working toward the same goal.

My first year as an AP was great! Anyone who knows me knows that I hate change and I cry with each new job. I am so happy to say I did not cry. I remember the first day in my office. I felt overwhelmed. I had just left the classroom- I was not finished with my MSA and I had little understanding about what an AP even did. After I decorated my office I just stared around my office trying to predict what the first few weeks of school would include. What I did not anticipate is that open house is much busier as an AP. I was responsible for ensuring that every bus rider had a route and that their parents knew the correct a.m. and p.m. pick up/drop off times. I am excited to have a second shot at open house this year because I learned a lot from my mistakes last year. Just like being a teacher, each year you learn a little bit more and over time you learn what works and what doesn't.

I am so thrilled to be going into my second year as an AP. My personal goals for this year as an administrator are: distributive leadership, being a better listener and conveying to my teachers how amazing I truly think they are. I am so blessed to work with some of the greatest people in BC and I want them to know I have their back and we are in it together.

Wish me luck!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

$150 Back to School Giveaway!

Ok friends, I have a great Back to School Giveaway that I am so excited about. As many of you know, I have been writing books for the last few years and this Fall I will be releasing my seventh book! I can't believe how fast this has gone by. As a way to celebrate, I am hosting a giveaway that includes my first six books as well as a $50 gift card to Target. These books are great for teaching social skills such as staying on task, avoiding distractions, dealing with stress and anxiety and choosing friends wisely.

Now the important part… the giveaway!

This Giveaway Includes:

The Garden in My Mind: Growing Through Positive Choices 
The Garden in My Mind Activity Guide
Priscilla and the Perfect Storm
Priscilla and the Perfect Storm Activity Guide
Spacing Out! Discovering the Importance of Completing Tasks
Spacing Out! Activity Guide
and a $50 Target Gift Card

* This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only.

How to Enter:

Like my Facebook page @  and leave a comment each time you share the image below. I will choose a winner randomly by using a random number generator. 

The winner will be selected Saturday, July 25th! 

To purchase your own set 
head over to

Below is more Information about the books, the giveaway and testimonies from fellow bloggers.
This is the perfect book for helping children understand the importance of making good choices and being responsible for their own behavior. Help cultivate your classroom community and GROW good citizens by reading and discussing this book with your students.
   —Deanna Jump, National Presenter, Blogger and Educator

This delightful story encourages children to identify and reflect on their decision making skills. Stephie McCumbee encourages children to assess how their choices and actions may affect themselves and others. Readers are provided with concrete reasons and solutions for empowering themselves as socially accountable citizens. This book is great for educators and parents of elementary students!
   —Emma Farrell, Author of “Clever Classroom” blog

Stephie McCumbee has a knack for teaching important lessons through her clever classroom tales, and Spacing Out has proved her prowess once again. As an educator, I love how this book explores the topic of off-task behaviors and daydreaming in such a student-friendly way. It teaches an important lesson without being too didactic or preachy…and infuses a little dash of whimsy! The plentiful space references are a witty way to frame discussions about completing classroom ‘missions’ and open the door to increased student ownership! 
   —Amanda Nickerson, Third Grade Teacher, Consultant, Author of “One Extra Degree” blog

Books in Action


Friday, July 10, 2015

The Times They Are a-Changin

Well friends a few weeks ago I accepted a new position as an assistant principal at a local elementary school within my district. I am very excited to get into my new school and make some life long friendships. When my superintendent called me to offer me the position I was so nervous about where they would place me. As many of you know, when you interview for an AP position they can place you in any of the schools within your district that have an opening. I wasn't really sure which schools had an opening but when the superintendent told me my placement I was beyond excited.  I was placed in a school that I completed my student teaching internship and was a long term sub. This placement was definitely an answer from God that I was where he wanted me. Although I am looking forward to this new transition personally and professionally, I have to be honest and say that I am going to miss working so closely with students.  I really loved being a teacher and so it was a difficult decision to leave the classroom but I think this new role will be just as rewarding. I have a heart for teachers and am glad that I can use this new position to assist them.  I am not sure where this new role will take me as far as this blog is concerned but I am sure I will find a way to blog.

Until next time,



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Strawberry Mansion High School

Someone on my Facebook shared this video today and although I was overwhelmed with sadness for these poor babies I was also so grateful for the powerful leadership of Linda Cliatt-Wayman. It takes a fearless leader to do what she has done for Strawberry Mansion High School.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Dissertation and A New Book

     It has been a LONG time since I have posted probably due to the fact that my life is now consumed with writing a dissertation. For those of you who may not know, I am in the process of getting my Ed.D in Educational Leadership. I am really enjoying the program, but now it is crunch time. This semester I have four…yes you heard me correctly, FOUR classes. In addition to these classes, I just finished taking my comprehensive exams and now I am working on the dissertation process. I just turned in my dissertation proposal this week and I could not believe that the proposal alone had to be 50 pages. I know that it will only help me with the final dissertation, but 50 pages while taking four classes and writing books is a lot! For those of you who may be preparing for this process, I commend you. 

     On another note, my third book Spacing Out! was just released and I am thrilled with how it turned out. Can I just tell you, I adore this process! I decided to write Spacing Out! to help my sweet little babies who struggle with staying focused. Before writing this book, I felt like I was snapping and redirecting kids all day long. Writing this book, was seriously like an action-based research project. I wanted to know what strategies I could use to help my kiddos focus and complete their assignments. Then, I had to think of a cute way to help them understand these complex ideas. I am very pleased with how this book turned out and can't wait to start a new school year with it.

 Look how cute the Activity Guide is! 

     I am so impressed with these illustrations. I think the best part about this whole process is seeing someone create illustrations for my story. I could literally look at these pictures all day. I can't wait until summer so that I can focus on writing full-time. This has truly been such a blessing and I am enjoying every step of it. I am currently in the process of editing my fourth book which is the sequel to Priscilla and the Perfect Storm. I love this series because I feel that it speaks to my gifted students. My AIG students love these books and always mention the characters and their issues in class. This new book will help teach children how to not worry about things they do not have control over and how to problem solve through the worries they do have control over. I know that this will be a great resource for my kiddos next year. If you are interested in purchasing any of these books you can order them from my website, or from

I love this Featured Author section on the Boys Town Press website!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School 2014

Hey friends, I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' to show you a little bit of my classroom. I was hoping to have more of it finished by now but unfortunately I am still waiting on a few orders from Really Good Stuff. I will update this post as the items arrive.

This is my reading center. I love how organized it looks. I ordered the alphabet from Kristen at Lady Bug Teacher Files and I love it. In fact, it inspired my whole classroom theme.


I love this carpet I bought it from Garden Ridge this summer. It was only $79! What a deal. I also made and painted the bench in front of my Smart Board. I think the baskets look great under it. If you look on the classroom desks you can see the name tags that I made for each of my students to match the classroom theme.

This is my desk area. I bought the mirrors from Walmart for $5 and ordered the schedule from Kristen as well.

This is the view from my front door

My math workshop bins. I ordered new ones to match my library area so hopefully I will get them soon.

The supplies area

My math bulletin board. I will change this for each skill covered. I have my students take notes in their math journal and I record important notes with chalk on this board.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your tour.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Smart Cookie

How cute is my new Back To School bulletin board? 

I am so happy with how it turned out. I made the large Oreo packet using my school's poster maker. On the first day of school I will give my students packets of Oreo's with the saying "You're a Smart Cookie" on it. I would love to see some of your bulletin boards.