I've Got Big News!

Monday, April 3, 2017
I'm thrilled to finally be able to announce that Mr. First Grade will be exploring in Kindergarten next year! Our district is piloting a full-day program in a few of the buildings, and once we got word that it was approved for the entire district next year, I jumped at the chance! I am beyond excited for this awesome opportunity. A large portion of our full-day Kindergarten program will be focused around developmental play. As soon as our principal started talking to me about it, I knew it was exactly what I wanted. The idea of getting on the ground, playing with the kids, helping them to solve their own problems... it's why I became a teacher, and I can't wait to actually get to do it every day. I can't wait to help build a new program in our school, and post all about it along the way!

The past few years have been a series of ups and downs for me, but things are finally starting to point in the right direction. I have a wonderful fiance, Jessica, who has taught me so much about myself and what it means to be loved. I am so incredibly thankful to have her by my side during this journey. We're getting married at the end of September on her parent's farm and couldn't be happier!

INTERESTING FACT: Jess and her brothers went to the elementary school I'm teaching at, so I pass their 5th grade class pictures every day on my way to lunch...

Together, we've got a whole brood of puppies. Charlie, the cocker-spaniel was mine, Jess came along with her Westie, and together we adopted Gus, a chihuahua mix that was found as a stray in Georgia.
As if things couldn't get any crazier in our house, Jess called me from the rescue she volunteers at a few weeks ago. I got one of those "how much do you love me" types of messages, and that day we welcomed Bernie, a foster dog, into our home, too!


I'm currently working on my next TPT product, some activities for math fact fluency. I tend to create my products as I notice needs in my own classroom, and math facts were one of those things that just seemed to be bogging my kids down. I compiled a few of the activities I already use in my room, updated a few, and made some new ones! I'm excited to post it, and please stay tuned for a chance to win a free copy! Thanks for stopping by, and please be sure to follow me on Bloglovin to stay updated on the transition to full-day Kindergarten!

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