Welcome!

Hi everyone in #eci833 and welcome to my little blog space!

A little bit about myself…

My name is Jill and I am a former elementary teacher turned high school ELA teacher at a K-12 rural school. My husband and I have two daughters and we live on a farm. I love spending time with my family, gardening and yard work, reading, travelling, baking and coaching volleyball. I have a busy life, but I wouldn’t change it!

For as long as I could remember, I have wanted to be a teacher. When I was in high school, I couldn’t wait to finish so that I could go to University to learn how to teach. When I did my undergrad, I couldn’t wait to be finished so that I could get a job and be a teacher. DONE!   I was sick of learning! It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized that I missed being on the other side of the desk. I applied, waited for what seemed like forever and then one day, I got my acceptance letter. I was ecstatic…for about 10 minutes. Then I started to think about the reality of being a mom, full time teacher, busy coach,  AND student. Anxiety hit me hard and I wasn’t sure that this was what I wanted.

I took my first class this spring with Angelina Weenie and she completely opened my eyes to culture in the classroom. I realized that, in terms of culturally inclusive education, I have a lot to learn. This is where my understanding of a life long learning was born, and I am so thankful for my shift in thinking!

I have to be completely honest and tell you that I am so far out of my comfort zone with this blog! I have never felt comfortable writing in a journal, and I certainly don’t feel comfortable with technology…so the obvious choice was to write a blog!

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts!

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