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After the Gradebook...

It wasn't until I decided to take a leave from my teaching position that I truly felt compelled to share my story outside of my teaching life. Throughout the last 6 years, I've had tons of adventures and been blessed to travel to many different countries.

I love makeup, yoga, reading, cooking and trying new things. I wanted to create a space where I could share everything that fills my bucket outside the confines of a teaching-focused blog. That is how this blog came to be! I hope to share the best parts of myself and my passions with you.

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Before the Gradebook...

I grew up in a very small coastal town in Northern California. When I graduated high school, teaching was pretty much the only career option I had in mind. I dabbled with the idea of getting a nail tech license so I could have a flexible work schedule while completing my teacher education program. However, I chose to just go all in with my teaching degree and never looked back.

I moved to Portland, Oregon when I was 18 and dug right in. I worked multiple jobs while in school. I worked at The Children's Place, Ann Taylor Loft, and (for the most significant amount of time) at Mr. Formal, a tuxedo shop. I graduated with my teaching degree at 23 and my Master of Science at 25.

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Inside the Gradebook...

I had a crazy history during my time in education. I have taught third, fourth and fifth grade along with mentoring teachers in Pre-K for Head Start. I also currently teach online teacher education courses at a local community college and have since 2010.

I began my blogging journey as a teacher-blogger, sharing curriculum and teaching ideas. I started my blog called Keep Calm and Teach Fifth Grade. You can still view that blog here. I loved sharing new ideas and fun lessons from my classroom while I was teaching but also needed to fill my soul with hobbies and interests outside the classroom. Like most teachers, I struggled to balance it all.

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