Teacher Week 2015

Hi, Teachers!

I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' this week for Teacher Week 2015. If you have a blog, this is a great way to connect with other teachers so you can soak up all of their good ideas. You can also get to know other teachers a bit more as a people so you can understand more about them as teachers! That's my hope for this week's posts. If you're interested, read more about how to connect here:

So today's post is obviously 5 facts about me! (That means I lied in my last post about my next post being my classroom reveal... oops! Sorry! You will have to wait until Wednesday I guess.)

1. My Other Half

This is Mr. Word On Third... his real name is David! We both met each other right after we graduated college, and I knew I was in biiiiiiiiig, big trouble by the middle (OK, if I'm being honest, right at the beginning) of our first date. I love him insane amounts, but the best part of being with him is that he is my best friend. That's why I know we'll last. We are total goof balls together, and every night I feel like I'm a twelve-year-old having a slumber party. We giggle all the time, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Mr. Word On Third, if you're reading this... I love you!

2. My Furry Children

These little knuckleheads mean the world to me. The dog on the left is named Ruffles. He is almost 3 years old. He is a Fox Terrier-Poodle mix (often referred to as a Wire-Poo or a Foxy-Poo). We brought him home when we was ten weeks old. The dog on the right is named Pongo. You can't see them well in this picture, but he actually has tons of spots. We named him Pongo after the dog in 101 Dalmations because we believe he is part Dalmation. We adopted him when he was about 6 or 7 months old. He came from Puerto Rico, but we found him on! Yes, you heard that right. We were looking for furniture, but instead we got a dog. That sounds about right to me! Pongo is about 1 and a half years old.

Funny story--Mr. Word On Third made us promise not to get any pets until we had been living together for one whole year. After about a month, he let me get my hermit crabs. After about two or three months, he let us get a hamster. After six months, I couldn't stand it anymore, and I ended up convincing him to get Ruffles. It took me a good week or two, and I was so glad Ruffles hadn't found his forever home in that time! The rest is history!

3. POP Pilates

I am a huge fan of POP Pilates, an exercise routine developed by Cassey Ho. I was a huge couch potato until I found Pilates. I liked yoga a lot, but nothing ever really stuck with me. When I found Cassey's YouTube account filled with exercise videos and her blog, I knew I found a match for me. I've had an active lifestyle for about a year and a half now, which is totally shocking to me. POP Pilates gave me what I needed to get interested in moving. In the above picture, I am hanging out with Cassey in tree pose after she held a book signing and Pilates class in NYC. That was a really fun day!

4. Vegetarianism

I am a clean-eating, lacto-ovo vegetarian. I made the switch to vegetarianism almost two years ago. It's a huge part of my life. I decided to switch for ethical reasons. While I'm really glad that my diet is much more environmentally-friendly, the real reason I made the switch is because I love animals too much to eat them. I really liked the way meat tasted, though, so often I feel like this guy from Finding Nemo:

Honestly though, this switch has made me feel great. Ironically, I eat way more protein than I did before I made the switch. I have tons of energy, and I feel better about myself. I think I was the perfect candidate for vegetarianism because I love vegetables so much. Eggplants, brussels sprouts, pumpkin, string beans, zucchini.... these words all make me happy!!!!

5. Singing

I love to sing! It's one of my favorite things to do. I took voice lessons for ten years, so technically, I guess I am classically trained. Mr. Word On Third was the handsome bassist in an awesome band in and after college. I got to sing back-up vocals in a few of the tracks on their album. It was definitely something on my bucket list. I was in the studio in the above picture. Clearly, I was not aware that a picture was being taken! That's OK, it's a cool action shot, right?

Anyway, I really urge you to link up with Blog Hoppin'. I want to hear more about you and build our community. :) If you don't have a blog... what are 5 cool facts about you that others might not know?! Comment below!


  1. Your dogs are too cute! Thanks for linking up!

    1. Hi, Amy! Thanks so much. I think they're pretty cute. So is your little Marley! :)

  2. Hi Marla! I'm always on the lookout for another 3rd grade teacher! I never heard of this type of Pilates - I bet it's a great workout. Love the energy of your post! Susan

    1. Hi, Susan! Thanks for stopping by! :) I love POP Pilates. I feel like it adds so much to my life. I hope you check it out! :)

  3. Great to meet you!
    I was wondering if your whole school uses the responsive classroom approach or is it more pick and choose?

    1. Hi, Julie! Most of my school is familiar with the Responsive Classroom approach, so most teachers use some of the approach, like morning meeting. Only some of the teachers have been trained and follow the whole approach. I'm trying to get everyone interested, and I'm training my colleagues. :)