Despite growing up in a bilingual home, I didn’t always have the gift of gab – in any language. As a muchacha, I was abnormally shy. Then, one day I grew up and decided I had something to say. Haven’t shut up since. I now gab in English and in Spanglish.
So what do I gab about? Mostly, mommy-daughter style, recipes, parenting challenges and celebrations, home life, decor, travel (which has slowed down some now that we have young children, but it will pick up again), and recipes – with the frequent foray into classroom life. You’ll also see me talking about my (often pitiful) efforts at making my daughters bilingual(ish). With a Master’s degree in Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy and 12 years in the classroom as a foreign language teacher, teaching is always on my mind. I can’t step away from it.
So What Is a Teacher Mama?
Teacher mamas thrive on creativity and heavy planning. Our energy and efforts – both physical and mental – compete between the home and the classroom. We love creating and adapting recipes and lesson plans. We plan birthday parties and curriculum units months in advance. Our outfits of the day are just as important as our classroom objectives of the day. We obsess over the style and decor in our classrooms as much as we do in our homes. We desperately seek inspiration from other teacher mamas. We get a sick thrill from planning mommy-and-me outfits. Okay, maybe that last one just applies to me.
Why I Blog
Simply, I miss being a professional writer. I have bachelor degrees in journalism and psychology, and I was a newspaper reporter and a freelance writer before I transitioned to teaching. In this little corner of the cyber world, I can continue my love affair with writing. This blog gives me the opportunity to talk about the things that make me happy as well as gives me a place for catharsis when needed. Additionally, blogging has taken the place of my scrapbooking hobby.