Nimsy is adopted!

It’s truly amazing how you can find the right person for a pet.  We lucked out and found a great couple for Nimsy, who have space for her to run and grow.  It was bitter sweet for the kids, but we all know she’s found a great home. And we are looking forward to our next foster puppy.


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Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Uncategorized


Nimsy Week 2

Well, Nimsy has been with us for 2 weeks and has learned so much.  She’s learned that other dogs and people are okay.  Cats are great fun to chase depending on which cat she chooses.  Chickens are always good to chase.  She likes to play fetch as well.  She has had 2 meet and greets and will hopefully be with her new family by Saturday.

I’ve learned that I enjoy having a puppy around the house.  The little antics are fun to watch and the learning is amazing.  I do not enjoy the occasional oops in the house or being gnawed on  when I’m sitting on the floor.  Overall this is a great experience, and I can’t wait for our next foster puppy.  received_10212774060769110 (1).jpeg

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Posted by on June 6, 2017 in Uncategorized


Nimsy- 8 wk foster puppy Day 1

My husband, P, and I have become part of an animal fostering community in our area.  We had fostered 2 adults, one went well and one did not so we stopped for awhile, but I kept in touch with the people.  Now that it’s summer and I’m off of work, I thought we’d try it again since we have more time to do it right.  So in walks Nimsy, an eight week old mix (my guess German Shepard and ?).  She was so shy and timid last night, that she just laid with her head on my husband’s lap.  I thought she might be a little dog aggressive, because she was growling in a big dog way at our beagle when she came to meet her.

Today, she was still acting that way, but with some encouragement (she loves attention today) she started to slowly become interested in our lab (9months) and even did the cute puppy yip for playing.  She also rolled onto her back so I would rub her belly and play with her and rub her belly.  Now she’s sleeping on the floor next to me.

It will take time but I’m excited to watch her grow and learn that the world isn’t so scary and mean.

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Posted by on May 24, 2017 in dog, fostering dogs, puppies


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Books I Have Known

Let me start by saying that I am an avid reader.  Books to me are edible, life sustaining substances that I love to devour.  Every summer I pack a bag of books to read from my classroom. (I’m talking a good twenty to thirty books of all genres.) They range from Young Adult to Teacher/Classroom books to Adult fiction.  I always, always say I am going to read one fiction and then a book for work, but one fiction leads to another and then it’s July and I’m looking at my bag of books and I’ve only devoured five of those juicy tidbits and none of them for work.  I have great books to read for work, books that I didn’t get to complete for grad school and books that I’ve heard about from other teachers that would be great for my students and myself.  Fuel for my educational mind.  Needless to say, I do plan on reading at least 2-3 of them.  I just haven’t gotten to them yet.

But I would like to share some of the books I have read this summer, because sometimes a book just needs to be shared.

1. Silent Boy by Louis Lowry :   Now I don’t know if you are an avid reader, but I have loved Louis Lowry since my elementary ed classes at Ripon College.  The Giver is probably the most famous, but there are so many more.  The Giver is just one in a series of books about the people within it.  Read them, they are well worth the time.  Okay, back to The Silent Boy, I thought I had read all of the books by Lowry until I was at a thrift store in the Cities and came across The Silent Boy.  How had I missed one! So for $.50 I got an opportunity to indulge in yet another Lowry book.  It is about a young girl who grows up getting to know a young boy who is not like everyone else.  He is special and has a talent for working with animals.  It is a nice little book that I am happy to have experienced.

2. Fault in Our Stars by John Green:  I really enjoyed this book.  It was humorous, intelligent and sentimental.  I felt it was well written and when I went to watch the movie. It also hit the mark and followed the book well.

3. The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu: I am putting all three books in one, because after I read the first book, Legend, I felt compelled to read the next Prodigy and then Champion.  The characters were well developed and the changing of characters each chapter allowed me to feel connected to both main characters.  I cared as much for one as the other.  After I finished them, I could easily see them being made into a movie.  I enjoyed them as much as I did Divergent and that series so why not a movie too.

I have plans to read more books this summer, but work is starting to creep into my thoughts so I am feeling the urge to change my reading selections and pick up some educational books that I have been avoiding.


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Posted by on July 9, 2014 in Uncategorized


End of The Year

It is officially the end of the school year.  This is the end of my 9th year in my current school district and the students I have that are graduating have been with me since 7th grade.  It is bittersweet to see them graduate and go on.  I have had the pleasure of watching them mature and grow into young adults.  I am excited for their futures and yet I have seen these young people 173 days of every year for the past 6 years and have come to know them well.  Some of them are going on to school.  Others are going on to find jobs.  Whether they are staying or going, they are all growing.  It is a good reminder that an ending is also the beginning of something new and I look forward to meeting a new group of students and watching them grow.

So what am I going to grow at, what is my something new?  It is a great question of which I currently do not have an answer.  I hope to spend my summer reading and working on being the best teacher I can be.  I want to change things up in my classroom and district.  I now have a degree that has Leadership in it and I hope to become a better leader.  I want to be proud of myself and the things I can accomplish.

Just as my goals for my students are to achieve their goals and strive for the best in their lives, I too want to achieve my goals and strive for the best life for me.

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. ~Kongz

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Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Lifestyle



I recently accomplished the goal of receiving my Master’s of Education in Teaching, Learning, & Leadership. I never could have imagined the sense of pride I have at doing this. When I started the program, I wanted to do it, because I knew it would be good for my teaching skills and the roles I have in my district. I had no idea how it would make me feel as a person and how it would make me stop and think about how to teach and interact with others.

I feel like the world is my oyster.  What will I strive to achieve next?

As my professor said, now I can be picky about what I do and learn. But it goes beyond that, now I can see that I can accomplish whatever my goals may be. It will take planning and initiative, but it all can be done.

So hats off to all the people who go on to school and set those goals for themselves. For having the drive to go beyond what they are to become more.

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Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Education, Lifestyle




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Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Uncategorized