I am finishing my 32nd year teaching.Of all the subjects I have taught Read 180 is the most rewarding. It is such a wonderful feeling to see a child's lexile grow.
I have three daughters, two of them are also teachers, one husband (also a teacher) and three schnauzers. I write and illustrate children's books that all are about things I have experienced in my life growing up on a farm in North Louisiana. I am working on having them copywrighted and published, which is extremely expensive. I also paint, sculpt, scrapbook, sew, garden, can do just about anything if I can research it first. I am not a very good cook, guess I need to work on that one.
I have worked every summer for the past 12 years at a variety of things, teaching swimming lessons, cleaning pools, managing a health club, and of course teaching summer school. Maybe this summer I can rest and work on 180.
I moved from Dallas to Marrero, Louisiana,in 1999.and now to Alexandria. New Orleans was fun we lived about five minutes from downtown New Orleans, which really is the big easy. No one gets in a big hurry about about anything. The food is wonderful and Mardi Gras is a lot of fun. Everyone should experience Mardi Gras once in their lifet
I was one of the lucky ones (ha) who got laid off this year, two weeks before school started. If someone had said that I would be in this position thirty something years ago, I would have laughed. Things are hard for teachers all over.
I LOVE Jimmy Buffett and haven't missed a concert in 11 years. I am going this weekend to see him. His songs all tell a story, some funny and some sad. Last year he really helped the victims from the oil spill by having a free concert in Gulf Shores.
Read 180 is the most wonderful program I have ever worked with, it is so nice to see a program that really works. In 32 years I have seen a lot of programs and lots of money spent on things that did not work or were recycled. I see the gain my students have made and I can say that lexile scores that grow are proof that it does work.
It has been a hard adjustment for me going to a parish that is on the cutting edge. Also just adjusting to new things has been hard.
Happy Mardi Gras,