I am a 5th and 6th grade teacher in the largest school district in Indiana.  I am currently in my 17th year of teaching (Wow, has it really been that long!).  I've taught grades 5-8 during my career.  I started out in a middle school and then our district moved the 6th grade to the elementary and I've been there ever since. We are a small school in a large district and we only have one 5th and one 6th grade class.  We are semi-departmentalized.  I teach math, science, and social studies and the other teacher does all the reading, writing, and grammar.  I've been a science trainer for the district for the past two years and a math trainer for the last year.

I've been married to my husband, Kevin, for 15 years.  We don't have any children, but love to spend time with our three nieces and four nephews. We also love to travel.  We've been lucky enough to travel to Japan (to visit my brother who was stationed in Okinawa), Italy, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Here is a picture of how I spent my 39th birthday..... in the ruins of Pompeii!

I am also a scrapbooker and amateur photographer.  If you use sketches, please visit my other blog 4x6 Photo Sketch Blog.

I hope to use this blog to showcase what I am doing in my classroom and to share the lessons that I use.  I hope that you will come back and visit often!  


  1. I just stumbled upon your blog via Pinterest. I'm a 4th grade teacher in AZ. I'd love to be able to receive email updates from your blog! :) I don't visit my Google Reader as often as I should for blogs I follow that don't send emails with new posts.

  2. I see it available as an option now, so I've subscribed! :)