Friday, July 19, 2013

Liebster Award!

After a long drive back home, I checked my blog and was thrilled to see that I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Marcy, the author of Searching for Teacher Balance. Thank you, Marcy! 

 So what is a Liebster Award?  
It is an award given to new bloggers with less than 200 followers.  Here are the rules:
1.  Link back to the blog(s) that nominated you.
2.  Nominate 5-11 blogs with less than 200 followers.
3.  Answer the questions posted by the nominator(s).
4.  Share 11 random facts about yourself.
5.  Create 11 questions for your nominees.
6.  Contact your nominees by commenting on their blog or sending them an e-mail to inform them of their nomination.

Here are the questions from Searching for Teacher Balance:

1. What college did you attend?

I attended Concordia University. Portland for my undergrad in elementary education and Portland State University for graduate school.

2. If you were not a teacher, what would you be doing?

I couldn't image not teaching! If I didn't decided to be a teacher, I would be a political analyst; the American political system really interests me.

3. Do you have any pets? If so what?

I have the best dog in the entire world! Her name is Lilo and she is a chorkie (chihuahua yorkie mix).She is 7 pounds and is full of energy. I come home to her so excited to see me, and it makes a hard day of teaching so much better!

4. Who is your favorite children's author?

Dr. Seuss because you can use his books for any grade. I also LOVE Tomie DePaola because the themes of his books are so touching and heart-warming.

5. If you could have any superpower what would it be?

I would love to be capable of time travel. I'd like to go back and time and learn from the greatest minds who lived. I might also warn myself of past mistakes!

6. What is your favorite subject to teach? Why?

I love to teach math because it is usually the subject students like least and it is a challenge to keep it fun, positive, and engaging. I never liked math until I started teaching it!

7. What is your favorite color to write with?

I love my orange  Expo marker. For some reason it works that better than all the other colors. I grade student papers in green pen.

8. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I love following other blogs for teaching ideas.  I survived teaching my first year because of my teaching blog addition! This will be my 5th year of teaching and I love sharing what has worked for me in the classroom. My hope is that teachers can learn from me, just like I have learned from them.

9. Mr. Sketch markers or Scentos?

Mr. Sketch!!!

10. What is your favorite movie?

Ariel the Little Mermaid... it's a classic!

11. How do you balance blogging, teaching, living, etc.?

I haven't been blogging very long, and I have yet to blog during the school year. This school year, I hope to keep a schedule- teach, get home/ me time, dinner, exercise, lesson plans, blog! Yeah, I'll be {crazy} busy!

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I have never worked at a job that didn't involve kids {my first job was at a daycare when I was 16}

2. I've traveled all over the world, including Europe and Asia

3. I once brought home two baby ducks as pets and they lived in my parents' bathtub

4. I'm a Portland Trail Blazer fan

5. I'm a horrible cook

6. I love to microwave

7. My dad is the person I look up to most

My dad and I

8. I live in a town that has 1,000 less people than the high school I graduated from (In a different city, of course)

9. I collect antiques, coins, and rocks

10. I put buffalo sauce on almost everything I eat

11. I graduated from college with my B.A. in Education in 3 years and started teaching when I was 21 years old

My Nominees:

Neptune's Nest

Mrs. Z and Company

I am still on the search for more education blogs to nominate! Stay tuned for more...

My Questions for Nominees:

1. What made you become a teacher?

2. Where is your favorite place to travel?

3. Who is your 'Teacher Idol'?

4. What made you decide to start blogging?

5. What is your favorite thing about the grade you teach?

6. What do you feel you are best at as a teacher?

7. What is your favorite food?

8. What is the toughest thing about teaching?

9. How many students do you teach in a day?

10. Do you have a classroom theme? If so, what is it?

11. When you're not teaching, working on lesson plans, and blogging, what do you spend your time doing?



  1. Elizabeth thank-you for nominating me for a Liebster Award! Starting a blog is still so new new to me. I am so thrilled to have been found!

    1. I am new to this blogging adventure, too!

  2. Elizabeth,

    Every job I have ever worked has dealt with children, too! I love your new blog design! Did you use a template or was it created for you?


    1. Thank you, Marcy! It was created by 'Design by Chriti Blogs!' The link to her blog design page is at the bottom of my blog. She did an amazing job. I asked her to design my blog because she is a teacher herself {gotta love supporting fellow teachers}


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