About This Florida Girl

As you can tell from my blog name, I teach in beautiful, sunny Central Florida! I've been a Florida girl since I was 9 months old, so I consider myself a native. I'm a wife, a mother, a "Nana", and a teacher who loves teaching, designing and decorating both my home and my classroom, running, reading, technology, and the Florida State Seminoles!  

I've been a teacher for 15 years at the same elementary school - 7 years in 1st grade, 1 year in 2nd, and 7 years in 3rd grade. This school year I will be in a teacher mentor role in my school district. I became a National Board Certified teacher in 2009 and my school's Teacher of the Year in 2015. This past year I became the Literacy Teacher Leader in my school and loved every minute of it! I enjoy learning new teaching strategies and sharing them with others.

My Teachers Pay Teachers store - Teaching in the Heart of Florida - opened in 2013 as a lark. I didn't expect much, but being a store owner opened up a whole new world for me as a teacher! What an experience - I have learned SO much and have connected with thousands of teachers around the world. It has been so rewarding and fun! 

Reading Wonders 3rd Gr Const. Response Bundle Pk Unit 1-6       Elapsed Time True or False? Prove It! Task Cards    AR Chart by 10's - Chalkboard & Polka Dots

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