Sunday, July 26, 2015


We officially closed on our home in North Dakota Thursday!  It feels so good to finally close that chapter and move on to better things to come.  It took two long months but it's done!  We are finally feeling settled here in Houston and it just feels so good to be back home and will start the house hunting sometime early next year.  I will have to return to work in two weeks which I am not looking forward to in a way because I don't want to leave baby girl, but she'll be in good hands since daddy is temporarily working from home for the next few months.  So many exciting new things and changes to come and I hope y'all stay tuned.



So I'm a Teacher (AGAIN)...Interview Tips!

I wanted to share with you all how I landed my whole teaching gig and also give some interview tips (specifically for teachers) who are (hopefully not still) looking for a job.  Like I said in my previous post, it wasn't easy for me at all this time around.  My first interview for my first teaching position I got an offer. Well not so much this time.  It took NINE interviews and rejections to land the first grade teaching job that I seemingly landed on the spot!

I arrived to my interview about 15 minutes early and thankfully my handsome husband was able to chauffeur me, because I really didn't want to drive by myself, 1) I had no idea where I was going and 2)  I just didn't want to drive alone in the car by myself.  Seriously, my nerves were already bad.

As soon as I walked in the door I was greeted by not one but TWO metal detectors.  If that's not a tale tale sign of the school, I don't know what is.  In all seriousness though, it's a great school and overall district so that didn't worry too much.  When I walked through the metal detectors, I was greeted by a secretary at the desk who needed to see I.D. before letting me through to the office to sign-in.  Well guess what?  This girl purposely left her wallet in the car (I didn't want to carry to much).  So I had to do the walk of shame and go back to my car, not once but TWICE to get the correct I.D.  I just knew this wasn't a good sign of how this interview was going to go.

Once I had the correct I.D. and signed-in at the front office I had to wait about 10 minutes because the Principal was interviewing with was in the office with another candidate.  Now, I initially was interviewing for a third grade position, just take note of that.  Once the principal finished up with the other candidate, he invited me into his office and told me right away that this would be an extremely informal interview.  This immediately but me at ease.  He asked a few questions about my classroom experience, I answered, then about 10 minutes into the interview he apologized and cut me off in the middle of me talking and told me that he would be recommending me for hire for an open first grade position that I would love!

Thank you Jesus! 

The weight was lifted off my shoulder. 

I was so gracious to him and I probably had a huge smile plastered on my face.

Once I finished up and he gave me all the information for the next steps, I couldn't get to the car fast enough to tell my husband the good news.  We were thrilled!  With a lot of patience and faith, I landed a teaching job again.  It wasn't easy.  

TIPS for a SUCCESSFUL interview!

1. Know how you plan on handling classroom management and how you would structure your Reading, and Math blocks.  These were the main questions in ALL of my interviews.  

2.  Study. Study. Study.  Know who you are going to be interviewing with and know some information about the school and district.  Also be prepared for panel interviews.  I had quite  a few of them. 

3.  Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled interview time.

4.  Be prepared to wait.  Don't be afraid to mingle with students in the office and keep a smile on your face at all times.  Never look bored!

 5.  Be yourself!  Honestly,  if you are just outright uncomfortable and uneasy the entire time then most likely you will not land the job and its not a good fit.  Don't be discouraged.  The right job will come with patience and faith.

6.  Always have some questions lined up to ask the interviewer(s).  Make a list of what's important for you in a school, classroom, district and use that to fuel your questions!

To any new teachers on the job market or will be soon, I hope these tips help.  I also recommend having a Teaching portfolio with you on your interviews.  Essential items in your teaching portfolio includes (Resume, Educational Philosophy, Reading and Math block layout and lesson, Parent Letter, News letter, and Transcripts).  I never had to use my portfolio, but I was prepared if needed. 

Happy Sunday darlings!



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 1st to Our Little!

Wednesday, our second daughter turned 1 year old!  We are so blessed to have her be in our lives and we can not imagine things otherwise.  I chose to shoot her one year pics at our local park myself.  I think overall, I got the pics I wanted and I'm sure she will love them when she gets older.  Arn't they adorable?!



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wyoming 2015 - Buffalo Bill Dam

When driving through Wyoming which in my opinion is the most beautiful state ever, especially Jackson, WY (OH MY STARS), we visited Buffalo Bill Dam which is located in Cody, WY about 3 hours from Jackson.  It was quite the beauty.

Tomorrow we will be celebrating my little's first birthday.  I still cant believe she'll be ONE.  

I hope you guys are having a fab Tuesday.