Hello, I'm Mary!

I am a second grade teacher in a wonderful suburb of Columbus, Ohio. I’m always up for a walk with my dog, learning a new skill, or enjoying some dark chocolate.

I am a bit obsessed with children’s literature.  I believe it’s one of the best ways to hook students and facilitate connections.  Mentor texts bring out the best of my teaching.  I am looking forward to sharing many of my favorites with you.  

My mission is to provide content and resources to help teachers keep students engaged in their learning.  I share strategies and resources for building relationships, growing topic knowledge, and allowing for fun while learning.

I began teaching in 1993.  I taught 15 years in special education, and I absolutely loved it.  Eventually, I was ready for a change, and I made the move to a fifth grade classroom.  I taught fifth grade for three years, fourth grade for five years, and I have been teaching second grade since 2015.  I love collaborating with our Intervention Specialist, Speech Therapist, and other specialists.  Continuing to connect with special education makes my heart happy.

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