Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Meet the Teacher Linky

Falling Into First is hosting a Meet the Teacher linky party! What a fun idea! I'm a little late to the party because we were out of town for a few days, but I just love stuff like this, so I have to join in. So, here goes...
 
I thought it would be fitting to use my school photo :)

My name is LeAnne Cooper, and I was a kindergarten teacher for 7 years. Now I'm making a big move into AIS reading; big changes like this are SOOOO not me, but waaay back when I first interviewed at my school, I told the principal that someday I wanted to be a reading teacher. Someday has arrived! The opportunity--and maybe more importantly the right timing--has arrived, and I went for it! I'm so excited to see what this new journey holds for me even though there are things about being a classroom teacher that I will miss. I will be split between K-4 and 8th grade. I don't know how many sections of 8th I will have yet which is the most stressful part since it's SUCH a departure from kindergarten! This year will definitely present some challenges and adjustments for me.
 
Niagara Falls
 My little family consists of Hubby, Little Man, and our two fur-babies, Olive & Pickles. Clay and I have been married 6 years and together for 10 this fall. We met in college during my sophomore year and started dating the next fall. It doesn't seem like it could be that long already; we're getting old (and really feeling old!). Nolan is in the midst of his terrible twos which really aren't so terrible. He's a smart little guy who can be quite stubborn--luckily he inherited that from both Mommy and Daddy. But he's a happy dude unless he's in a place that's too loud with too many people...he gets that from Mommy!
 
Olive & Pickles
Aren't they adorable? They're sisters from the same litter, and one of Hubby's coworkers has the brothers. If I had it my way, we'd have many more kitties, but Pickles would probably end up deeply depressed or something, and Olive would just be ticked off. Don't let them fool you, they are hard-core spoiled!


 
 
 THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

 my family. cats. beachy, tropical places. blog-stalking. jeans. hoodies. flats (anyone else not able to wear heels after pregnancy?). Flair pens. color-coding. office supplies. smelly markers (Mr. Sketch & Scentos). reading. the smell of old books & libraries. volleyball. Buffalo Bills football. Autumn. chai lattes. pumpkin spice anything. doritos. gelato. midnight Milkyways. Tim Horton's. Target. American Eagle. cute, fuzzy animals. blankets. naps. slippers. rugged boot socks.


 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
A baker? Or maybe a librarian. 
An author of children's books would be amazing. I'd be a good book editor, I think.
When I was young, I thought about being a psychiatrist or pastor, but I hardly think I'd be any good at either.


THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
 
introverted~loyal~giver

 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

"I love going to all these meetings...said no teacher EVER!!"
 

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

Grandpa


Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?

 Hangin' with Mrs. Cooper, of course! With some kind of funny and alliterative subtitle, but I can't come up with anything good at the moment. It would have to be something to do with being a momma, wife, & teacher.

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
 
  Healing people and animals--mentally, physically, emotionally, etc. Yep, that's a good one. I can't ever think of a really good superpower. What are some other options?

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
 
I can't choose just one...here are my favorite teaching related ones:

"It's not, "How smart are you?" but, "How are you smart?"" -Howard Gardner

What Teachers Make (my all-time favorite poem...check out his other work while you're there. He's an amazing slam poet)

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Seuss

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

It's my FAVORITE song at the moment. So good!
 

 
 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Morning person...I go to bed when my toddler goes to bed. Sadly, this is not much earlier than before we had him! I'm one of those people that requires lots of sleep. Nuff said.

 
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?

I thought I would get a head start for the upcoming school year back in the spring because I knew I wanted to revamp my behavior system. There were a few things that needed tweaking. Little did I know that I would actually land a reading position and wouldn't need to worry about my formerly used behavior system! I was super excited to use my Ink-Saver Clip Chart Behavior System with Resources for the 2014-15 school year, but now that I won't have a classroom full of rugrats, I won't get the chance to use it after spending all that time on it! However, my sister is moving up (graduating?) from Pre-K to take over my position in Kindergarten, so she has been given this file to use as she needs. So, that's good enough for me!


Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!
 
I love playing volleyball. And, I *used* to be quite good at it back in the day. That is one thing I REALLY miss about high school. My position was setter, but we ran a 6-2, so I was also a weak-side hitter. I sure miss the game! When the summer Olympics roll around, I am a volleyball watching fiend between court and beach games! 

 

Wow! I think I got it all done! Now you should know a little bit more about me, and I'm really enjoying reading about everyone else who's participating.
 
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3 comments:

Kelly Hall

I have been working on my post for a few days and I thought I was late to the party too.

I think all teachers like routine and are afraid to making changes. Change is what keeps up fresh and loving our jobs! I'm changing this year too! Good luck with youyr new reading position!!!!

Kathleen Wright

Hi Leanne, WOW, good for you making a big change! Howard Gradner writes great stuff, doesn't he? Lots of us teachers want to be children's authors... I'm dabbling my toe in the pond, so to speak, as my short stories are going to appear as a series in a new emag for kids, third through fifth grades (mostly) and the first one is downloadable for FREE! If you want to give your students another genre to read, you can give them the freebie link. It comes out the beginning of September and I'll post about it. See you around! Kathleen Kidpeople Classroom

Sarah

I really enjoy Matt Maher as well! Great pick. I also like volleyball..I played back row...to short for the front. Have fun with your new position. You should also check out Carolyn Kisloski's blog - Kindergarten Holding Hands and Sticking Together. It's a great blog and you guys have the same design and are both from New York!
~Sarah
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