As a child, I always dreamed of growing up to be a teacher and in 1976 my dreams came true. I am a graduate of Stonehill College in No. Easton, Massachusetts, and I received my Master’s of Education from National Louis University in Heidelberg, Germany. I have taught Kindergarten, first, second and third grades, but for over 23 years I was committed to being the best Kindergarten teacher that I could be. In August, 2011, I decided to find out what really happens ‘up there’ in first grade and I changed grade levels. I found it a natural progression for me to take after so many years in Kindergarten and I wanted to see if I had been preparing my Kindergartners along the right path all along. I loved first grade and now feel ready to blog about it. Being married to a career Army husband, our travels took my teaching career around the world. I have taught in Massachusetts, Washington State, Germany and now reside and teach in Virginia. I have three children and raising them, along with teaching young children, has taught me a great deal about the social, academic and emotional development of young children. In my spare time, I enjoy sewing, quilting, reading, baking, traveling and now blogging. Thank you for reading my blog and please feel free to share it with all Kindergarten and First Grade parents that you know. If you have any particular questions that I have not addressed in my blog, feel free to leave a comment under any of my blogs and I will receive your questions and will try my best to answer them for you.