About Me

I am the mom of 2 boys--a college math major with an awesome sense of humor and love of sports--and a very special child severely affected by autism.  They keep me busy!  

I have been teaching for more than 20 years and absolutely love making a difference in students' lives by helping them see how fun and meaningful learning can be.  In my spare time I love to keep current by reading new children's books, binge watching addictive television shows, and connecting with friends.  I have a furbaby named Milo who is a bit of an attention hog...

I work to fill my blog and Teachers Pay Teachers store with ideas, lessons,and products that will help intermediate level teachers teach at a higher level--and help their students have fun doing so!  Whether you are looking for high level, engaging math activities, projects, and assessments or great response to reading ideas, novel studies, or writing lessons--I hope "The Teacher Studio" is your go-to place for quality teaching and learning.

 I also very much love teaching and working with adults--whether it be doing teacher training, blogging, or creating resources to help push teachers to try new things! Thanks for stopping by my blog and make sure to come back often!  You can also follow me on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the craziness and fun in my "real" and "blogging" lives!


  1. Hello,
    Thank you for reflecting and blogging about the lessons you teach and enjoy!
    I am a student learning about elementary education. I am working on an assignment to teach a 4th grade division lesson. The only catch is that the lesson must revolve around base 10 and use base 10 blocks. Do you have any tips/suggestions?
    Ruth Godwin

  2. Your 'About Me' just struck a chord. I am also a mom of 2 boys. One amazing almost 11th grader who is in a magnet school and is much smarter than I am! One fabulous almost 9th grader with autism who has always struggled with living in his brother's shadow. I love teaching and hope I am making a difference in my students' lives.

  3. ^^^I also connected with your "About Me" story. I'm a 4th grade teacher getting ready to start my 27th year, and I have two amazing sons as well; one is 19 and in college and the other is 15 and has autism. Raising a child with autism is definitely a journey. I enjoy the "realness" of your blog and your teaching ideas. I sometimes feel that at this stage of my teaching career I've kinda "seen it all" and that new ideas are really just recycled and renamed "old ideas." THANK YOU for your fresh and meaningful teaching ideas and strategies!

  4. Thanks to all of you for your kind words...we all do the best we can every day, right? :)