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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Well Hello There!


Welcome to the new blog on the block.  We're Halle and Jenna, friends, grade-partners, confidants, and sounding boards to each other (and that's just summing it up!)  After stalking so many of those awesome blogs out there, we decided to take a leap of faith and make one of our own.

There is so much creativity in the teacher blog world, and we hope we can do our part to contribute to it.  Please continue to stop by for freebies, inspiration, and comic relief (because sometimes all of that "creativity" is bound to crash and burn!)

Until we really get started, here's a little bit more about each of us:

Jenna (on the left) and Halle


This is my fourth year as an elementary teacher, and my second year as a 2nd grade teacher.  During my first two years teaching, I taught 3rd grade.  As much as I loved my 3rd graders, I consider myself to be lucky to have been moved to 2nd grade last year.  Something about 2nd grade and I just clicks!

When I'm not busy with school (which is a rarity!), I love spending time with my fiancee Dave, our cat Mac, and our sweet, sweet, Bichon-mix, Georgie.  Seriously, this dog is my obsession!  I spend my winter months holed up in our house (which thanks to Pinterest is looking better and better everyday), drinking Starbucks (Pumpkin Spice Lattes), stalking blogs (teacher and otherwise), and planning our August 2012 wedding, and longing for summer.

I love 2nd grade for so many reasons, but two of them being my grade partners, Jenna and Erica.  They keep me sane.  They make me laugh.  They make me a better teacher, and they certainly help take some of that teaching stress away!


This is my first full year teaching second grade. Last year I long term subbed in second grade and absolutely fell in love. Prior to superb second grade, I taught 5th and 6th grade in the gorgeous state of Hawaii. It was an unbelievable experience that has changed my life forever! Coming home wasn't easy, but when you have a big Italian family and the most adorable grandparents in the world, it was impossible to stay.

Hawaii has become the object of my obsession! I think I know more about it than I know about New Jersey. The culture and history of the islands fascinates me and always kept me wondering. When I'm not teaching, or living in my classroom, I enjoy many things. I mostly enjoy spending time with my family and my handsome boyfriend Anthony. I am in love with my shiba inu/corgi mix Kaimana. He was named after my favorite Hawaiian student and his name means "strong water." Interesting enough, Mana HATES water, taking baths are not easy! I love surfing, boxing and running. I have a shopping addiction, doesn't matter what store I'm in... I can always find something I want to buy! I have been bartending for 3 years now and continue to do it one night a week. I don't love it like I used to, but I have some interesting stories from it. Matt Damon said it best, teachers don't teach for the money, they teach cause they love what they do! That explains my reason for still working job #2! It makes me laugh because my second graders have better manners than most of my customers!

I absolutely love teaching 2nd grade! It's nice to have the kids appreciate all your hard work. Lucky for me I have two fantastic grade partners who have helped make my second grade experience extremely pleasant! Halle has been an amazing mentor and guide for me. She started helping me last year and right then and there I knew I would be blessed to have her as a grade partner again !

Thanks for stopping by!

We'll see you soon!

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