I am a happily married mother of 3, living just outside of Houston, Texas.

I *love* reading YA, but I’m trying to get into more MG so I have great books to recommend to my son who is in 4th grade. Sometimes people assume I read YA for my students — which is partially true (how can I recommend books to my students if I don’t read myself?) — but mainly I read YA for me. Good books are good books, no matter who they’re intended for šŸ™‚

I have been a teacher for 7 years, and this year I am teaching 8th grade writing and freshman English. My school is an at-risk (choice) alternative school in my district. My students aren’t placed at our campus, it isn’t the discipinary campus; rather, my students are the “bubble” kids…those kids whose grades hover in the 60s and 70s and just don’t seem to get it. The kids who fall through the cracks because they do just enough to not stand out, and they have learned to keep their chin down and not draw attention to themselves. I love these kids. I love seeing them devour a book and beg for “5 more minutes” when a month before they “hated reading.” I love seeing their writing improve from a whole page with 1 single period at the end to using commas, period, and even semi-colons in the correct spot. I love seeing the light bulb go off when they get something. I love these kids šŸ™‚

Besides reading and teaching, I also love photography and watching sports. My son plays select baseball, so we’re big baseball fans around here!

I love to interact, so please leave comments with your thoughts and questions!

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