About Us

Hi! My name is Emi and I live in New York with my husband, Andrew and my turtle, Pancake. Ijust got married in June 2013 on Maui, where I grew up, and had a second reception in New York, where Andrew is from. I am getting my Master's and teaching credential online through a big school in Philadelphia and am about to start my student teaching. Andrew and I have moved 8 times in the last three years (hitting six states and both coasts) for Andrew's graduate school and then job, and we are VERY excited to have finished the nomadic part of our life and be settled here in New York! When I am not busy with my school, my work in the classroom, and hanging out with Andrew, I love cooking, reading, painting and being creative, going on adventures, and exploring new places. Any time left over is basically spent on Pinterest and reading blogs and other education articles. I hope you enjoy our blog!

Aloha from Maui!  I'm Dana, Emi's Mom (lucky me!!) and I am excited to add this new dimension - Blogging - to my teaching and learning. I am quite the tech dinosaur most of the time - except when I'm the "tech guru" (ha!!) occasionally at school - which never fails to surprise me along with my colleagues. So, imagine my surprise when Emi broached the idea of us doing a blog together. I thought she was kidding. But... Hmmm, I love doing new things and the chance to grow and learn along with my sweet girl... I'm Stoked!!  (note - I am writing this by hand first as I sometimes compose my thoughts better that way - see what I mean - tech dinosaur!!)

I've known for a long time that Emi would be a wonderful teacher. She is so loving and compassionate and great with kids. It is a natural fit for her. Since she started her Masters Degree to become a teacher, it's been fun to learn along with her and to see that much of what she's learning is so relevant to what is going on in the field of Education today.

Teaching blogs are great.  Emi sends me links.  I am continually amazed and excited at all the cute things and great ideas that fellow teachers present on their blogs. Thank you for sharing everyone!!

I have been doing my Dream Job for a long time. In my mind, it is still the best job there is - for pay I mean. My favorite job ever is being a Mama. I decided at age 4 (in Preschool - more about that fun story at another time) that being a Mommy and a Kindergarten Teacher were just what I wanted to do. Suffice it to say, I made great choices as I've got the two most wonderful children - Jess and Emi - in the world and I teach Kindergarten!!!  I still wonder why everyone in the world doesn't want to be a Kindergarten Teacher. I have taught a few years of other grades: Preschool, First and a year of Third.  While they were all fun and had their upsides, my true calling and love is Kindergarten.  Kindergarteners are hilariously fun and so earnest and eager to learn.  I love breaking ideas and concepts down to small understandable chunks, creating aha moments all over the place. I love the wonder and magic of it all.  It's still a thrill!!

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