About Me

I'm Emily --  a 23 year old first year teacher in West Virginia. I'm passionate about all things middle school, chevron, and teal blue. I'm a Pinterest enthusiast with an unhealthy addiction to Essie nail polish, lip products, coffee, and travel mugs. I'm also kind of obsessed with my chihuahua, Salsa. The way I see it, the only moment you can do anything about is the one in which you're living. So, I try my best to embrace each breath, roll with the punches, and laugh a lot. Life's better that way.

Even though I am an English teacher, I have adopted the language of "my people" (aka my seventh graders) and frequently speak in acronyms and half-words. I will not, however, relent to the idea that the letter "s" and the letter "z" can be used interchangeably. They cannot. And dat's dat.

More than anything, I love Jesus. Without Him, I'm a hot mess. I'm so far from perfect, it's kind of ridiculous. Sometimes I don't hold fast to my convictions, and sometimes I follow the crowd. Somedays I sell myself short. Sometimes I worry too much because I'm too stubborn to trust. Sometimes I speak before I think. Sometimes I break the copy machine, overflow my soup into the Science teacher's microwave, and trip down the stairs in front of 25 students. I do not have it all together, but I am okay with that. I recognize that I'm a work in progress, and a screw-up without Jesus. He alone makes me good enough and it's my heart's desire to honor Him in everything I do. I'd be lying if I said that it wasn't a daily struggle, but I'd also be lying if I said He wasn't worth it. Because He is.

I started this blog as an outlet for the daily struggles, hilarity, questions, and confusion that come with being a first year teacher -- as a way of documenting this precious journey. I hope you'll stay and read a while.


  1. Hi Emily, today was my "Second Christmas" for me. I was finally approved my last student teaching placement for my Master's program in early childhood. After waiting for almost three months, I will start on Monday. I love your blog and how you describe your student teaching experience. Although I am already a teacher, being teaching for 10 years, its always exciting to learn all the tricks from veterans teachers. Good luck to you!

  2. Hey Emily!
    I just found your blog through a link up with Farley - summer vacation and just surfing! So cool that you're blogging already before you've begun teaching! I would LOVE to have my thoughts down somewhere from my first few years! Anyways, just wanted to say hi! Good luck with your interviews - that outfit you wore to your second interview was super cute! Def says "Hire me!"

    1. Thanks so much Michelle! I am loving blogging even if I'm not in the classroom yet -- it's a good way to remember this journey. Thanks for following me for the ride :-) About to go check out your blog!


  3. Hi, I just found your blog. I have been looking in the Chicago-land area for a teaching job since graduating years ago (still looking). I have gotten much better at interviewing and would love to offer you advice on anything you are unsure of. First bit of advice, when setting up the interview, ask if there is anything the interviewer would like for you to bring specifically. You always bring a few examples of different types of lessons, letters of recommendation, extra resumes, etc., but they might want specifically to see an example of parent contact or a lesson in which the students helped create. There are many other things I do to prepare for an interview, so if you are interested, feel free to contact me! I received advice early in my job hunt, but nothing terribly useful, it seems.

  4. Hey Emily! I appreciate your blogsite. You're offering great advice and support for new teachers out there. I'm doing similar on my blog site: educatorrescue.blogspot.com. I wonder if we could do some teaming up and maybe do some co-articles or blog sharing.


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