The Teacher and The Teacher's Pet

Welcome! I'm a 12th year special education teacher from a small town just south of Pittsburgh, PA. When I'm not in my classroom, you can find me with my family, my friends, or with my "fur children." I love spending my summers traveling and being your typical "tourist." I like to think I'm old school in the fact that books are still bought in a store - not digitally downloaded. I could recite the movie You've Got Mail word for word, read The Great Gatsby over and over again, and listen to John Mayer and Van Morrison all day long.  Netflix, HGTV, the gym and shopping are a few of my guilty pleasures. I treat myself to a donut at least once a week and I'm always, ALWAYS cheering on a Pittsburgh sports team. However, no matter what my day consists of, I find myself thinking of my classroom and ways I can make it even better. 

For years this teacher's pet only consisted of Charley, a 15 lb. York-ton/hypo-allergenic ball of fur. He's a pro at sitting, giving "paw," and walking on his hind legs for a dog biscuit. I'm positive he could probably nap all day. He is also a traveler and has been to seven states. HA! He's taught me so many important lessons. Such as: relationships are important - and sometimes treats are a little more important, a brisk walk down the street can relieve a lot... of stuff, and hard work pays off - mostly in the form of treats and naps

A lot has happened in the four years of having this blog. Charley has some furry siblings and this teacher's life is only filled with more everyday life randomness. I now go from special ed. teaching to farm life living, and couldn't imagine all the chaos any other way. 


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  2. Hi, in my mind you are always going to be Charley now, LOL! He is a cutie. Can't believe you just started your page and it looks so great already.
    I am a Special Education Teacher also, in Florida, so love running into another ESE teacher.
    Found you on the TpT forum, and plan on following your blog to keep up with your adventures and those of Charley!

    Burke's Special Kids

    1. Aw, thank you so much! He is a cutie... & a spoiled one at that! I think I sat around for hours one day trying to figure out this blog thing. I YouTubed A LOT. Thanks for the compliment, though! I still think it has a long way to go. I will have to follow you as well. I'm always trying to keep an eye out for special education teachers and their ideas! Glad you found me:)


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