Welcome to The Teaching 2 Step collaborative blog!
We are all very excited about collaborating about all things education! Today, we’d like to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves. Come join our 2-Steppin’ adventure!
“I am an elementary art teacher and I work with 2nd through 5th grade students right now. I had a daughter 2 years ago, and when I did I went part-time so I could have more time with her. I have experience teaching kindergarten through eight grade. I live in Tucson, Arizona and am also a ballroom dancer. I taught ballroom dance for almost eight years in Virginia before moving to Arizona. I am an artist so teaching art is by far the best job I could have–I get to work with artists every day! The thing I love the most about teaching elementary school is that I get to see my students year after year and build relationships with them. My current 5th graders have been with me since they were in kindergarten. That is a very special part of my job. I love creating products for Teachers Pay Teachers because it allows me to make art integration for classroom teachers easy. I know all teachers appreciate the arts and want to find more time to create art in their classroom, but for a whole host of reasons it doesn’t always happen. My main goal with TPT is to bring more art to more kids via the fun and easy art integration lessons I create. Teaching art in the classroom allows me to reach a lot of students but sharing my products with teachers all over the world allows me to make a big difference! Art is important for children to be creative-thinking problem solvers and my goal is to make it easy and fun for teachers so they can integrate it into their daily life in the classroom.”
Hello! I’m Maryann and my teaching journey began in San Diego, California, where I grew up and went to college; it continued after my move 25 years ago to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While the two coasts and the two cities are quite different, I love them all equally; fortunately, I’m able to travel to San Diego every couple of years to visit friends and family, eat some authentic Mexican food and walk along my favorite beach in La Jolla! Here in PA, I am about to begin my 22nd year of teaching high school English Language Arts, and I’m excited about it. This year will be the first year that my school will be a 1:1 school for the entire year! Since I use a great deal of technology in my teaching and classroom, having students have ready access to laptops will provide many unique learning opportunities we didn’t have before. I’m always eager to try what’s new, whether it’s technology, writing approaches, teaching techniques, reading strategies, cognitive strategies—I’m up for anything at all as long as its pedagogically sound. I’m constantly on the lookout for what’s inventive, effective, and energizing. There is nothing I enjoy more than working with teenagers (honestly!) and empowering them with language, technology, and life skills. When teachers come to my store on TpT, I’m able to extend my reach to students and classrooms across the country–and that makes me very happy!
Hey all! I am a third grade teacher in Houston, Texas. This is my 14th year of teaching. I have taught 6/7th grade, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. Wow, I can’t believe it has gone by so quickly. Two of my 6/7th grade students that I taught my first year are teachers now. It is so awesome to see the transformation from student to teacher in these wonderful young ladies. They are amazing teachers! I have been married to my wonderful husband for 18 years and we have a beautiful 3-year-old daughter. She has made me a better person and teacher. I have a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Early Childhood. My certification is EC-4th. I have been creating materials for TPT for almost 2 years. I love making new activities that I can use in the classroom for my students. I find it very humbling that other teachers spend their hard-earned money on my products for their students. It is an amazing feeling to know these teachers have entrusted me in making a difference in their students’ lives.