Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Meet the Teacher Linky

I am joining the party over at Falling into First for a little Meet the teacher. Today is my last day before school officially starts and I'm waiting on the Air conditioner people to come fix our AC so I thought why not get a few things done on the computer.
I know I shared this picture on Friday, but it's my current favorite picture of me and my hubby.
I'm Kerri and I'm 33. I've been married for 2 years to Chris and we're expecting our first child in December. A little girl. I've entering my 11th year teaching, which I just can't believe. I taught 3 years as a 3rd grade self contained ELL teacher and loved every minute of it. But I missed my family and moved back to the mountains of East Tennessee. I've been at the same school I went to 7th and 8th grade for the past 7 years looping with kindergarten and first. I love my school I teach at. It is unique in so many ways. We're right downtown in a tourist town and we have a wide variety of students. My class the past few years has been over 1/3 ELL students and we have a variety of socioeconomic status. We also have a unique relationship with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and my kids get to go on a park field trip 3 times a year.

A few of my favorite things . . .
God, church, family especially my nieces, friends, reading, books, my local library, coffee, teaching, walking in the woods, the beach

 If you weren't a teacher, what would you be . . .
a librarian (although that might be the same)

3 little words that describe you . . .
driven, loving, loyal

Finish this sentence "_________ said no teacher ever!!"
Sure, I'd love to give a test the first week of school.

It's your birthday and you can invite anyone dead or alive. Who would it be?
Chris's mom. She passed away before his senior year and I never knew her. I wish I did. My famous person I would invite is Agatha Christie. Love her writing!

If someone wrote a book about your live, what would the title be?
Life at Full Circle - I feel like my life has come full circle to some extent. I live in the town I went to high school in and am married to a friend from high school. I teach at the school I went to.

You get to pick a Superpower, what is it?
You think I would have this figured out. My hubby is a Geek and we have lots of superhero discussions. I sometimes feel like Penny, from Big Bang Theory. In fact, I found myself explaining something about Marvel, X-men, and Spiderman and their movies to these college kids in front of us in the movie theater. It was definitely a moment. I think I would like to be able to transport myself other places. I'm kind of borrowing from Harry Potter here. I have always wished I could apparate.

Favorite Quote or Saying:
I used to collect quotes in a journal which I'm sure I have somewhere. But now I collect quotes on Pinterest. So here a few of my faves. 

If you had to sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?
No one would want me to sing on American Idol. I sing terrible. It would probably be something like "The Wheels on the Bus" or something like that. 

Morning Person or Night Owl . . .
Morning person - I get tired in the afternoon and evening. Especially since I've been pregnant. I just can't do much in the evening

Favorite Resource on TPT . . . 
It would have to be my Weekly Fluency Homework. This was a labor of love and I firmly believe in fluency practice for homework.  

Something that you might not know about me . . . 
I have no idea what to share here. I think a lot about starting my own school or mother's day out program. It is a thought I have that I continue to do what I love and have flexibility to be with my kiddo. I love teaching but it isn't something that lends itself that well to part time. 

So that's all about me. Be sure to head over to Falling into First and check the party out.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Five for Friday

I have been meaning to blog all week but it just hasn't happened. It has been a busy busy week. I have some things to share that are school related!

1. I have been back at work this week. Monday was the first day I could work in my room. I'm kind of limited in what I can do. No heavy lifting and no climbing. So I have been doing some decorating. I was finally able to use some of goodies from creative teaching press. The focus wall labels are from my Rainbow Bright Classroom Signs and Labels Pack.

2. Monday was a big day for Chris and I. We had a big doctor's appointment where we got to see all of the baby. We found out we are having a girl! Monday night we had a dinner with our families and revealed it to them. I had crocheted sashes for either boy or girl.

3. My carpet from last year was destroyed by the kids. It was a cheap rug and it unraveled easily. So I was going to piece together some smaller rugs. When I showed Chris the picture, and was looking at buying a smaller rug, he vetoed that idea and just told me to pick out a rug at target. He's a keeper that one! The bottom one looked way better.

4. It is no secret that I love Pete the Cat. I call my kiddos my Cool Cats. So When I saw this poster on Amazon, I had to have it.

5. I saw this pin on Pinterest today. I thought it was the perfect verse for starting the school year. I am officially back to work Wednesday and the kids come Friday. This is how I want to look at my work.

So that is my week. I have a couple more things to share but I'm waiting for Monday Made it. Be sure to head over to Kacey's blog and check out the party. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014


It's my favorite linky party of the month. Farley's currently. I'm currently in Charleston with my family. 
My parents, sister, brother in law and two nieces and Chris and I have been spending the last half of the week and weekend in Isle of a Palms which is near Charleston. This is our second year to take this trip. It is not as much as a beach trip as it is hanging out with family. My brother in law's middle brother and his family live here so we spend time with them and their son too. It has been a great trip and when we take it next year it is going to be even wilder. We'll have added two more kids to the mix. 
For the first time on a long time, I haven't been able to get in my room yet. It is killing me! I need that time to get mentally prepared and excited for school. Monday is the day I can get in and the day we find out what we're having. I'm ready for Monday to get here! Anyway, back to the Incredibles. Be sure to head over to Farley's and check the party out.
Be sure to head over to Farley's and check the party out.