About Me

Hey there!  Whale-come to my blog!  My name is Christina and I'm a third grade teacher.  I started my blogging and Instagram adventure in 2014 under the name Whale-come to 2nd Grade, but I moved up to 3rd grade for the 2015-2016 school year.

I was raised a beach girl in Virginia but I wanted to experience something new when it came time for me to go to college.  I moved 600 miles away from home, without knowing a soul in the area, to Auburn, Alabama.  After the most amazing three years of my life I graduated in 2011 from Auburn University with my Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education.  I fell in love with the plains and everyone I met along the way but I felt it was time for me to return to my roots.

When I returned home finding a job was much more difficult than I originally anticipated it to be.  For the 2011-2012 school year I worked in a private preschool with my mom and wore many hats there.  I was the program director, computer teacher, elementary after-school supervisor, and co-taught afternoon kindergarten.  After one year I just didn't feel like I was doing what I was meant to do so I left the school and became a full-time substitute for the city school system.  I started substituting pretty regularly in one school and was asked to teach a new reading intervention program for 3rd graders and pull out students in K-2 for reading intervention small groups half-day in the school from January to June.  

I felt my chances of landing a full-time position for the 2013-2014 school year in this school were pretty good, but after seeing major changes occur downtown I was out of luck.  I received a call from another school, just days before Open House, and was offered a 2nd grade maternity leave position from the first day of school through the middle of October.  I absolutely fell in love with this school, the kids, administration, and my grade level.  After three short weeks into this assignment my amazing principal approached me with the opportunity to go on an interview at another school for a teaching position for the rest of the year.  I didn't want to leave this school but it wasn't permanent so I attended the interview.  

Dr. Seuss' Birthday 2014 with my T.A.
I walked out of my interview with a job teaching Title I Kindergarten.  I had some experience with Kindergarten at the private preschool so I felt pretty good about my new position and was over the moon excited to have a job!  I had been praying and hoping for this so badly for 2 years.  However, my excitement quickly declined after just a few weeks in my new school.  I was so grateful for this position, my amazing teacher assistant, and team members, but my work environment overall was not positive.  I felt nervous every day as I drove to work as I anticipating what might happen each day.  By the end of the year my temporary contract came to an end and I felt discouraged.  I wasn't sure where I would end up for the following school year and to be quite honest, I wasn't sure that I wanted to teach anymore.

My 2nd grade class
All of my classroom items resided in my tiny apartment living room and haunted me over the summer of 2014.  What was I going to do now?  Was I meant to teach?  It was just heartbreaking.  I knew I needed something to change.  I applied for teaching jobs online, as I had done every year, and contacted everyone I knew that might be able to help.  I came across a 2nd grade position and knew the principal was a friend of a friend.  I texted my friend asking her for some help so she sent him my resume.  I contacted my previous principal from my maternity leave position and he e-mailed every principal that he knew from my applied jobs list.  I was offered an interview for the 2nd grade position I had hoped for and got the job.  I taught 2nd grade for the 2014-2015 school year with an amazing team,  extremely supportive administration, and some pretty sweet kiddos.  It had been a bumpy ride getting to where I was, but I felt blessed every day as I walked into school without anxiety and fear, which of course only made me a better and more dedicated educator.  Unfortunately, when allocations came out in March, I found out my position had been cut and I was being involuntarily transferred to another building.  After more interviews and stress of the "unknown" I was placed in a school not too far from home team-teaching 3rd grade.  This is where you will find me today.  I will keep you updated on my journey through 3rd grade. 

I read a quote once that can sum up my journey thus far, "If you don't like where you are, move.  You are not a tree."  I found myself in quite a few unpleasant circumstances over the last few years, not just my work environment, and the best thing I did was move on.  Today I am not only so in love with my new work environment but also with an amazing man that supports everything I do.

This is just a little about me.  I hope to grow as an educator, TPT-er, and blogger and hope you choose to follow me on my journey.

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