For 12 years I have living in a rural area of East Tennessee as a dairy farmer's wife and local school teacher. Three children later, I'm still teaching and I'm still listening to my husband talk about cows and computers. I couldn't be happier! Being a teacher in a rural school gives me a different perspective. There are fewer resources, economic challenges, location challenges, and small town drama. On the flip side, there is community, little to no commute, my children down the hall, and plenty of parent support.
Since I didn't grow up here (I transplanted myself when I married my farmer), I had some adjustments to make. To quote Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh, I discovered that, "You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." I learned to be creative with less and that the key to learning is not in how much money you have to spend but how much you care and how much you plan. I truly believe the secret to great learning lies in great planning. My dad was a naval pilot and he liked to say,"Proper planning prevents poor performance." Well, there was maybe a few more colorful words in there. He was a naval pilot.
During my 12 years, I have taught 7th grade, 4th grade, and 1st grade. I have worked as a Curriculum and Instruction Coach for K-4. I added to my bachelors in English Literature by tacking on a Masters in Curriculum and an EdS in Administration. I love sharing ideas with others, and I'm always on the look it for the next great idea. It is my hope that I can share some of what I've learned as well as add more tools to my teaching bag.
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