About Me

Thank you for coming to and reading my blog! I appreciate and am excited and motivated by each and every one of you that choose to spend a small part of your day with me.  Here’s a little more about me, the person behind the blog!

I was raised in Idaho since the age of 7.  No, we don’t all grow potatoes! I graduated from the University of Idaho in 2006 with my Bachelors in Elementary Education. Go Vandals!


After graduating, I began teaching 4th grade in a little town called Star. My very first day on the job I bumped into the woman who had inspired me to become a teacher! We became a news story in our little town of Star. I wrote all about it here.  I always thought I would be a primary teacher, but my first principal says that she had a feeling I would do better in the upper grades. And? She was right! I loved 4th grade, and taught there for 4 years until….

I met a boy named Justin and fell in love. The next year we welcomed our first baby girl!

After that, it didn’t take me long to decide to stay home for a few years.  I thought being a stay-at-home mom was going to be livin’ the dream, and for the most part it was.  After all, I got to watch little M grow and be there for every milestone.

mailee growing collage

But wow. Being a stay-at-home mom is one hard job.  And I started to grow antsy to get back into teaching.  So in 2012 I went back to school online to work on my Masters in Educational Technology.  Then, in August of 2013, 3 days before the new-school year was starting, I accepted a job in the same district where I had previously worked. But this time, I would be teaching 5th grade at Peregrine Elementary. I taught 5th grade there for three years, and in the meantime, something else kind-of special happened:

That boy I fell in love with, and had a beautiful daughter with? We got married! (I know what you’re thinking, it’s about time! But it’s also all about the right timing.)


Photo Credit: Stephanie Mballo Photography

About a year later, baby girl number 2 came along!  We are now a happy family of 4.


Photo Credit: Blush Photography

About deciding to take off a year to stay home with baby girl number 2, I got a call that the perfect position for me had become available!  I applied, and was hired as an Instructional Coach at an alternative high school!  I’m loving this new challenge, and the best part is that it is only part time, so I am able to be home with baby and work on TPT on my days off. It is the perfect work/life balance for me, and I’m excited to share all that I’m learning in this new position.