The Teaching 2 Step bloggers has grown by three new, amazing teacher authors! We are excited to announce all three of them today in this blog. To have some fun we asked them a few questions so you could learn a little bit about them. Read below to see their answers. Then enter our TpT Giveaway and snag a copy of our ebook.
Meet Mary Beth from Brain Waves Instruction.
Mary Beth: These days I’m actually not in the classroom. A devastating budget cut meant that I had to leave my beloved middle school classroom. However, I’ve found Teachers Pay Teachers to be the perfect outlet for staying connected to the profession I dreamed of doing since I was a child. While in the classroom I loved two things – 1. Laughing with my students and 2. Helping them to feel smart and important.
Mary Beth: I turned some of my interests – real estate, interior design, and decorating into a new career (you know, after that job cut). I started a Home Staging and Design business. For over two years now I’ve had a ton of fun helping homeowners prepare their homes for the real estate market and others turn the spaces in their homes into spaces they love.
Mary Beth: I love bloggers that have voice in their writing. I’m also a sucker for pictures. So, I’d say a good blogger has personality and a camera.
Mary Beth: I’ve just started Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. By “just started” I mean I read the same three paragraphs every night before falling asleep. Maybe I should switch up my reading routine and read in the daylight…
Mary Beth: I taught middle school for over ten years. I also spent time teaching in Africa, Belize and England. While teaching I pursued an advanced degree in Educational Leadership. I had my heart set on writing curriculum. That’s why TpT has been so wonderful. I absolutely love creating fun and engaging resources for students (and teachers).
Mary Beth: I always wanted to be a teacher. Always. I set up classrooms in my basement. I begged my elementary teachers for extra worksheets that I could use in my “classroom”. I insisted that my neighbors be my students. I never wanted to do anything else. When I’m teaching, I feel so happy. I have a feeling that more classrooms are in my future.
Thanks for the fun questions ladies. It’s amazing to be blogging with you all!
Meet Sherri from Literary Sherri.
Sherri: I especially love helping students prepare to succeed in life! You know — saying hello when someone greets you, including everyone at the table in the conversation, smiling when you pass others in the hall, drying the bathroom counter with a paper towel, helping others pick up their dropped books. I love teaching academics, but when I watch my students become thoughtful, caring, and inclusive — absolutely nothing beats that!
Sherri: I love to travel (especially any place historical), I enjoy live theatre, I craft wreaths, I’m always reading a few good books, and I make the best spaghetti sauce ever! I don’t quilt, but I adore quilts and have a small collection of them!
Sherri: I especially love reading posts that weave an engaging story with practical information, so I think good bloggers are those who find the right balance between offering wonderful tips and ideas and personalizing their writing so you feel as if you’ve just had a cup of coffee and a great conversation with a good friend!
Sherri: Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini, An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff, Cherry Ames’ nursing mysteries (first published in the 40s), and Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix (because I always have a YA novel in the works)!
Sherri: I taught school for 23 years and I have been a Teacher-Author for 2 years (with a bit of subbing on the side) .
Sherri: I started saying I was going to be a teacher when I was in 4th grade. I was the kid who cried on the last day of school prior to summer breaks and holiday vacations because I wanted to be in school, not at home. (Trust me — no more crying on those days now!) I loved school, I adored my teachers, I enjoyed learning, and I couldn’t imagine spending my life anywhere other than in a classroom!
I’m really excited about 2-stepping with you all! Thank you for inviting me to this dance!
Meet Margaux Langenhoven.
Margaux: I absolutely love it when a student who is struggling with a concept, suddenly has a light bulb moment. The expression on their face when they experience success is priceless. I also thoroughly enjoy the interaction with children; the chats, the laughs and the special relationships that are formed.
Margaux: I have a four year old daughter and my son is one. I resigned from teaching when my son was born. At this stage in my life my hobbies are my children. I spend as much time interacting, playing, and laughing with them. When I have a free moment, I really enjoy reading, knitting and of course, working on my TpT store. Creating teaching resources has now become a hobby rather than a job.
Margaux: It is important for a blogger to be able to connect with their audience. Communicating freely and easily makes the reader feel like it’s a conversation and that a relationship is being formed. Eye-catching pictures are also a must!
Margaux: Wow, I have read some amazing books, namely The Book Thief, Room and The Girl you Left Behind. Unfortunately, since my son was born, I have not been able to really get into a book ( mainly due to a bit of sleep deprivation). I am looking for a good book to catch my attention (especially seeing that December is summer vacation for me – I am in South Africa), so any suggestions are welcome.
Margaux: I have taught Middle School for 7 years, mainly Math and English. I am also Special Needs trained so would like to get into that field once my children go to school.
Margaux: Both my parents were teachers (although my dad stopped teaching before I was born). I used to ‘help’ my mom
mark (oops, that’s a South African term that slipped in) grade papers as a child and when she moved from Upper Elementary to Preschool, I would spend my vacations ‘teaching’ her students. Teaching is all I know, it is something I have always wanted to do.
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