Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Teacher Blog Tuesday & Some Freebies

Every Tuesday, I feature new bloggers- giving you a chance to find new friends and a chance for these bloggers to get their names out there.  If you would like to be featured, email me at dml8609@gmail.com.

Today's first blogger is Liz from 

1.             Name of blog and link:
Beach Teach              

2.          Tell us about your blog and why you started it.
I am a Pinterest fanatic. After seeing so many links to blogs, I began thinking about creating my own. After recent success on Teachers Pay Teachers, I decided to go for it! My plan is to find a balance between helping recent graduates find jobs and share my teaching stories and resources.

3.            Tell us a little about your teaching background.
It’s my first year teaching! I teach 5th grade math and science, and I’m making it! I graduated from Coastal Carolina University in May 2012. I was super involved on campus, as a leader in various organizations.  

As a first year teacher, I have been extremely lucky to work with an amazing team. They take extremely good care of me. I have been chosen to participate in an E-4 STEM Study for next school year. I am super excited!

4.            What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
-         Well right now, as much as I hate to admit it, Taylor Swift’s 22 describes my life perfectly (although, since my birthday in April magically it became 23).
-         After reuniting with some of my closest friends, Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” took on a whole new meaning when we heard it.
-         Steve Azar’s “I Don’t Have to be Me ‘til Monday” has also taken on a new meaning this year.
-         It’s strange that all of these ended up being country, I usually have a semi-eclectic taste. I absolutely love Usher. I’m also really into British artists right now: Ed Sheeran, Little Mix, The Saturdays, One Direction (don’t judge me!)

5.           What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
This is a super hard question. I guess the hardest thing has been this year. Moving away from college, this is the first time I’m truly on my own. No roommates, no family, nothing I am used to. Starting my first year teaching was completely overwhelming. Luckily, the teachers I work with have taken great care of me and I’m not too far from everyone and everything I know. J

6.           What’s your favorite TV show?
Can I break this into categories? Great:
Reality Competition: Big Brother/The Voice
Drama: One Tree Hill
Crime Drama: NCIS
Complete Trash: Teen Mom

7.           What is your favorite item of clothing and why?
I have a blue and white striped shirt that I love to wear and pretend I’m a sailor. True story.

8.           Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
23 AH Quarter life crisis!

9.           What was the last book you read? What are you going to read next?
I’m finishing re-reading Jodi Picoult’s Seventeen Minutes. Next, I want to read Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (since the movie got such good reviews)

10.        What was the last thing that you ate that you really shouldn’t of?
I’m currently eating some delicious Oreos.

11.         Give us some links-


Our second blogger of the day is Lola from 

1.             Name of blog and link: Preschool Wonders

2.          Tell us about your blog and why you started it.  I stated my blog as a way to communicate with parents of little ones in my class.  I wanted them to be able to take a peek at what their child does at school.  I also wanted to be able to communicate with fellow teachers.  I follow so many teacher blogs and am inspired by all the creativeness, generosity, and collaborative spirit of teachers.  It makes me proud to be in this field.  I hope to inspire even just one person.

3.            Tell us a little about your teaching background.  After college, I taught in a self-contained learning disabilities class.  My first two years were in a rural area.  The students in my class ranged from 1st through 7th grade.  Yikes, talk about lesson plans!  After that, I taught students in a 5th and 6th grade self-contained learning disabilities class.  Once I started my own family, I worked part-time as a parent educator in the Parents as Teachers program.  I would go into the homes of families who had children from birth to age 5 and do home visits.  I was responsible for educating the parents on what to expect from their children in the areas of cognitive, language, social, and motor development and how to foster their child’s development.  After my own children became school age, I went to work as a full-time parent educator.  I missed the classroom terribly, so four years ago I began teaching in a combined Early Childhood Special Education/Title 1 classroom.  I love, love, love my job!

4.           What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?  Adele “Love Song”; Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl”; Counting Crows “Omaha”; Sheryl Crow ”Every Day is a Winding Road”; Anna Nalick “Wreck of the Day”; Cold Play “ I Will Fix You”; Mumford and Son’s “I Will Wait”; Van Morrison “Days Like This”; Phillip Phillips “Home”; Sting “Brand New Day”; Macy Gray “Beauty In the World”

5.           What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?  Having to bury my dad and brother a year and a half apart.  Also, moving my daughter 20+ hours away after she graduated from college.  :(

6.           What’s your favorite TV show?  Criminal Minds would be my favorite network show.   

7.           What is your favorite item of clothing and why?  Jeans!  I love wearing them.  They are so comfortable.  When we get jeans day at school I am happy, happy, happy!

8.           Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake? Ouch!  That one hurts a bit, but the number is 51.

9.           What was the last book you read? Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the time to read during the school year other than work related material.  I found this book extremely helpful for my class; Sensory Integration:  A Guide for Preschool Teachers by Christy Isbell and Rebecca Isbell.  What are you going to read next? Taking Eve by Iris Johansen is on my list of books to read during the summer. 

10.        What was the last thing that you ate that you really shouldn’t of? Frozen custard.  I   am addicted.
11.         Give us some links- Twitter: , Pinterest , Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free   teaching item etc.  I am fairly new to blogging, Twitter, etc.  I am learning as I go, so I ask all to be patient!
My Twitter account is: https://twitter.com/PreschoolWonder
My TpT store is: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Preschool-Wonders   
                   My Pinterest account is: http://pinterest.com/preschoolwonder/
                   My Facebook account is: https://www.facebook.com/preschoolwonders.blog
                   My Teacher’s Notebook store is:  http://www.teachersnotebook.com/shop/lola
I have LOTS of freebies available on my blog, as well as my Teachers Pay Teachers and Teacher’s Notebook stores!  This one is a goodie!  It’s called “What’s In a Number” and available on my blog, TN store, and here at my Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s store.  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Whats-In-a-Number

Thanks for stopping by!!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for featuring my blog! You're the best. :)
    Preschool Wonders

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  2. Thank you for doing this! It is awesome that you help out us newbies.

    Liz
    Beach Teach

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