About Kelly


My teaching story is one that has evolved, especially within the last year, and continues to surprise me every step of the way.

Let’s start from the beginning...
I first fell in love with teaching in high school and worked diligently to prepare myself for this profession.

I graduated with my bachelors in December of 2009 at George Mason University in Northern Virginia and quickly began a new and intensive masters program at GMU which was beginning that next month. I finally graduated in May of 2011 with my masters in Elementary Education. I had learned so much throughout my schooling and I remember feeling so ready to take on the world and get into my first classroom.

My first year teaching was in kindergarten and what a year it was. I definitely struggled but felt as though I did good enough with what resources I had (as many teachers do). The following year I moved up to an open spot in second grade and fell in love! The kids were a bit older, the curriculum was more fun, and I enjoyed the team that I was paired with.

Photo: Toki Lee Photography
I left my school at the end of that year and was going to take a position at a closer school district when my husband was offered a great job...in California. I had to turn down that teaching position for the hopes that something great waited for me on the other side of the country.

Upon arriving in California God eventually lead me to an amazing Christian private school where I would work as an aide for a preschool 3 class. Believe me, it was such a difference to not only go from elementary students to three year olds, but it was unexpected that I would find peace as an aide and not a lead classroom teacher. Sometimes you need a break and this was mine.

At the end of that school year I assisted back in the elementary school in first grade! I was excited about this opportunity and getting back into the swing of things. As life, and luck, would have it I found out I was pregnant right before the first day of school and am now taking over the new role as MOM! I’m very fortunate that I am able to have this time to be home with my son, but I am happy to continue sharing my experiences and resources that could be helpful in other classrooms!

My son, Greyson <3

If I were to ask myself even a few years ago if I thought I would be here where I am today the answer, for sure, would be no. However, I’ve enjoyed this chapter of my life and I am eager to see where the next one takes me.
If you’re interested in following me and my life outside of the classroom, be sure to check out my lifestyle blog Primarily Inspired here!

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12 comments

  1. I am getting ready to teach about China and I am so excited I found your Unit. I am so excited to use it. Is a Japan or India unit coming soon?

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  2. I am having trouble printing your free learning objectives pdf. Not sure if it is user error on my end but the font will mess up on one objective but the one right underneath it will print correctly. Any suggestions?

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    1. Hmm...not sure what the problem is but I will try to see if I can fix the problem. If not, send me your email and I will directly send you the link.

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  3. Love your learning objective cards for the VA SOL's! Is it possible to also make a first grade set? Thanks so much!

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    1. I am still in the process of getting these made and uploaded. Be sure to check back for the download!

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  4. I just got a second grade teaching position with LCPS and was doing some research when I stumbled across your blog! I saw that you read Gone Girl and wanted to recommend that you also read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Another great read with a fantastic twist at the end. I love your blog and am excite to use it during my first year of teaching second grade!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I will definitely have to check out that book since I loved Gone Girl (can't wait for the movie)! And congrats on your teaching job with LCPS. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find anything for this year but my fingers are crossed for next year ;) Second grade was such a great time and it's one of my favorite ages to teach so good luck! I hope you keep checking back and be sure to take a peek at my TpT store to find all of my goodies I've used.

      -Kelly

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  5. Kelly, I just love your ideas. I taught second grade for four years, fourth for four years and this year I am moving back to second. What program do you use to create your writing charts and the blow pop labels?
    From Shannon A. WNY

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    1. Hi Shannon and thank you for your such kind words! I loved second grade and I'm excited for you that you're returning to the grade! I wish you the best of luck this year :)

      In regards to the programs I use: I personally love using PowerPoint or Keynote (if you have a Mac) to create all of my products. It's much easier than using Word or Pages. If you're looking to create your own products for your classroom I recommend using those because it's so much easier to layer the clip art and fonts, etc. I hope that answers your question! Let me know if you need any other advice or help!

      Kelly

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  6. Hi there, I purchased your second grade objective cards from TPT but the three geometry standards were not in your packet. Can you please email them to me at pmyersfamily@msn.com

    Also, do you have these for third grade? :)

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  7. Hi Kelly, I purchased the Think sheet pack from Tpt, but all that was there was the 4th-6th grade version. I really would like the one best for 2nd-3rd grade. Is there any way you can email it to me? crutter@athenscsd.org
    Thank you!

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