Thursday, February 16, 2012

It's here!

This is truly my favorite time of the year...

Texas Transition Conference 2012!

If you are planning on being at the conference, please let me know! I would love to meet up with some of my SpEd blogger friends!


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Transition Fair

Two of our local 18+ program teachers, from Westlake (Eanes ISD) and Lake Travis (Lake Travis ISD) put on a wonderful Transition Fair this weekend in Lake Travis.

The fair had approximately 50 vendors from various types of government agencies, private organizations and non-profit organizations, with booths set up and eager people ready to tell you about the services they can offer your special needs child or students.

I wish I could post everything I collected because WOW...these vendors provided such a plethora of great information for the very young students up to adults. One of the stand-outs for me was our local NAMI group. I have honestly never heard of this national organization, but they truly blew me away with their passion and transparent eagerness to help educate families, educators and anyone else who may be effected by someone with some sort of mental illness. I'm going to make it my mission to get these ladies connected to my director and hopefully hold an information session to better educate me and the rest of my SpEd team.

If you are in the Austin-area and didn't get to go, please email me and I'll send the packet via PDF email to you...OR...if you are just interested in seeing what types of services would be offered at such an me. I'm so happy to share this great information!


Thursday, February 2, 2012

About Me

A huge thanks to my blogger buddy, Karlie, over at We are ALL Special!
So here are the rules:

1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

Fun Facts About Me
  1. I live in the same little town I grew up in...only leaving for college at Texas State University- San Marcos Eat'em Up Cats!!
  2. I met my husband at a bank...he was the banker and I, his secretary...he loves to tell this story to make it sound scandalist, only he leaves out the facts that we were both in our early 20's and single.
  3. I have one present...but expecting my next little girl in June. Very exciting!
  4. My degree is in Public Relations, but I soon learned it's entirely too cut-throat for me...and went back to my original plan in becoming a teacher.
  5. I could eat Tex-Mex every meal of the day...and, admittedly, have before. If you don't know what Tex-Mex the link to one of my favorite restaurants, Matt's El Rancho!
  6. One of my favorite writers is Lisa Kogan and I only take the O Magazine to read her columns. I recently bought her book and am enjoying very much!
  7. I love to cook and Pinterest makes me want to cook that much more!
  8. My celebrity crush is Channing Tatum...he's stole my heart in Dear John and I suspect it will be the same with The Vow.
  9. I am a very picky, yet widely diverse music lover...I enjoy old country, classic rock and lots of 90's hip-hop and alternative.
  10. My favorite place to vacation is Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Now it's my turn to learn about you....
1. Where do you live/Where are you from?
I live in the beautiful hill country of Texas...almost the same place I grew up!
2. What is your best teaching advice?
Ask a lot of questions in the beginning of any new position, and above all...treat the kids like mini adults. They seem to appreciate the respect and give it in return.
3. If you could only keep one thing that's currently in your classroom what would it be?
I have a very unique "classroom" so I would probably say my scanner. It's cut my files in half!
4. What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
Shop of course, but anything that I can do with my daughter and husband is a great weekend...Sea World, Local Zoo, Going to the park, etc.
5. How long have you been teaching?
This is my second year
6. What is your favorite teaching memory?
Doing a community scavenger hunt. I organized clues at various important places around town and they students learned about their community while hunting for some missing pumpkins. It was a BLAST and the places involved got a huge thrill out of it. Win, win!
7. What is your favorite store?
8. What do you typically wear to school?
Right now, maternity khakis, a long shirt and Sketchers...but generally slacks, a blose top and slippers/sandals
9. What is your favorite activity to do with your students?
Anything in the community. That is where they will spend their time post-program and it's a lot of fun to be among our community members.
10. What is your favorite book?
I don't get a whole lot of time to read, but I really enjoyed reading Tina Fey's "BossyPants." Everything is so serious in the world, I enjoy comic relief when I escape to a book.
11. Do you have a Pinterest?
Yes! I'm so addicted. I thought Facebook was bad...geez.
12. What is your favorite restaurant?
When I can afford it, Trulucks...but anytime Matt's El Rancho or Outback Steakhouse

1. Which state/region are you currently teaching?
2. What has been your most awesome "ah-ha" moment in special education?
3. How did you feel your very first day on the job (first year or in a new position)?
4. What age group do you teach and is it your preferred grade?
5. What is one component of Special Education/Teaching you connect to the most?
6. What is your "go to" song when it's just been one of those days?
7. Do you have teacher assistants and what is the best things about having them in your room?
8. What are your hobbies outside of work?
9. Do you have a favorite website that you cannot go one day without viewing?
10. Which store do you find it most difficult not to spend $100 on any given day?
11. Do you have a bucket list and if so, what is one thing you want to do the most?
12. Favorite sitcoms/anticipated movies for the spring?
Thanks for reading! I hope you will all participate so I can learn more about my favorite teachers, inside and outside of the public profession.