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I was a classroom teacher for 19 years. When our school librarian retired this summer, I became the librarian for both the k-5 and the 6-12 libraries at my small k-12 school. I taught 2nd grade one year, 5th grade for eight years, 7th & 8th grades and 9th & 10th grade algebra. The majority of the last 10 years have been in 7th grade. I am a self professed nerd and book lover. Even as a math teacher, I had over 2,300 books in my classroom library and love recommending and talking books with kids. At my school I am on the Teacher Advisory council, on the School Leadership committee, a PLC leader and one of the Promethean troubleshooters.

I love Doctor Who and Sherlock and I am quite obsessed with the Harry Potter series. I got on the Potter bandwagon about the time the 4th book came out. I had just finished the third one and had to borrow a copy of Goblet of Fire from one of my fifth grade students. I love Harry so much that my son’s first birthday had a little HP influence.

I currently live in a tiny town in Tennessee you’ve never heard of with my husband, one year old son, and two cats. 2014 was a big year for me. I celebrated the birth of my first child, my 20th wedding anniversary and my 40th birthday! Oliver was quite a surprise to everyone (including his parents), and brings so much joy to everyone he meets.

I love to travel and visited Dublin, London, and Paris this summer. The highlight of my trip was touring the Warner Bros studios in London (where Harry Potter was filmed)!

I love young adult novels and want to believe in magic, elves, and fairies.

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9 Thoughts on “About Me

  1. I am so jealous of your upcoming summer adventures! Please share pictures of your trip on your blog so we can all live vicariously through you! I have also taught the 5th grade for 8 years (as well as 3rd and 4th) for a total of 21 years. I have thought about moving to middle school, but just couldn’t make myself do it. I also share your book nerdness (if there is such a word) and are looking forward to working with you this summer.

    • Sandi on May 24, 2015 at 1:14 am said:

      Move to middle school! I love this age group.

      • I LOVE middle school kids. I never would have thought I would say those words when I started teaching. I thought middle school was just a starting point and I would move to high school. Boy, was I wrong. I can’t imagine going anywhere else.

        • Sandi on June 1, 2015 at 4:45 pm said:

          I thought I wanted to be a Kindergarten teacher and *never* wanted to teach middle school. Other than the library, I don’t want to be anywhere else.

  2. Sandi,
    I am also a huge Harry Potter fan! Some of my 2nd grade high-level readers have started the series since we’re getting towards the end of the year and they are better equipped to handle those long chapter books, and I have been so excited to go through the books with them. I am jealous that you will be visiting the Warner Bros. Studios in London. How cool! Hope you have a great summer, and look forward to working with you in LME 535!

    • Sandi on May 24, 2015 at 1:11 am said:

      I love the idea of 2nd graders starting Harry Potter! I so hope my son is a reader. I have a set of the books for him already!

  3. Monica Bean on May 26, 2015 at 5:06 pm said:

    What a beautiful little surprise! He is gorgeous. That brought such a smile to my heart.

    I, too, am a Harry Potter nerd. My nephew was visiting one summer and he was reading the second book. I borrowed it from him and was quickly hooked. I read all of the books in the series in a little over a week!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to hear about your trip this summer.

    • Sandi on May 28, 2015 at 4:06 am said:

      Thank you! Oliver charms everyone he meets 🙂

      I love that there are fellow Potter nerds in this class. Have you been to Wizarding World at Universal Studios? AH-mazing!

  4. Hi Sandi,

    Thanks for liking my page. You have a very impressive professional background in education! You should be a director of a charter school or a member in Board of Education. I noticed you like Harry Potter. My sister is a big fan of Harry Potter too and she said reading books are way more better the watching the movies about Harry Potter. Also keep WATCHING THE WALKING DEAD, you are missing out on all good scenes.

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