Monday, January 2, 2012

About Me

Hello All!

My name is Sandra and I teach 1st Grade in Phoenix, AZ. I graduated from Arizona State University in May of 2010 with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education with an English as a Second Language endorsement. This is my third year teaching- My first year was in Kindergarten and 2 years in first! I have 27 sweeties this year and they are sooo cute.

I have an SEI classroom ranging from Basic to Intermediate levels. Teaching ELL's is so rewarding because I used to be one. I actually went to the same school that I am teaching at! Pretty neat!

Being a third year teacher, I am still learning and absorbing as much as I can so I love trying out new things. I see all these wonderful ideas that are floating around in blog land and I can't wait to implement them! :)

Thanks so much to Kristen over at Ladybug's Teacher Files for this uhhhh-mazing blog template. She emailed me right away, customized it, and installed it all in the SAME day! Super! Go check her out!

I hope to use this blog as a source for communication and information to teachers (especially new teachers) that are just like me!

This is me and my sweetie pie of a daughter, Aly!

This is me in CLIP ART! I love her!
I have to have matching shoes with my outfit!
The amazing Ashley from The School Supply Addict made her for me! 


  1. Hey Sandra, thanks so much for the sweet words! I'm so happy you won the template!

    Well, we have two things in common. We work with ELL and we both procrastinate--LOL!!!

    Happy blogging, you will love it :)

  2. I wanted to add to your followers, because I saw your comment on Holly's page. I am a new blogger, also. I have taught Kindergarten a few years ago and looped with my babies to first last year. I am in 4th grade now and I love it! My heart is in 1st because of how much they grow but it is so exhausting. I am also ESL certified and taught one year of Adult ESL. I would of done that full time, if it was available because I loved my students. My son was in a Dual Language class- 80/20, but it was way to involved for him so we had to take him out.
    Welcome fellow New B(logg)ie! I am so excited about the accountablity we will all have for eachother on here. :)
    BTW-Your layout is awesome for a newbie!
    Come check out my page.

    Always Live.Laugh.Teach

  3. I just found your blog, and am now a follower. I can't wait to see what you're going to share with us!

    Quench Your First

  4. Thanks, friends! I love your sweet words!


  5. How cute is your template! Thanks for the email, I'm following you now :) Your daughter is adorable too!

  6. Hi Sandra! I'm your newest follower. Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog. I hope you enjoy the wonderful world of blogging! The picture of you and your daughter is adorable!

    Lil' Country Kindergarten

  7. I am so glad you won Kristens giveaway! Your blog looks great. I am super excited you started a blog, there aren't enough of us ELL/ ESL teachers blogging out here.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  8. Hey Sandra I just figured out you are in AZ! I grew up in Tempe! Holderman Elementary school, Gilliland Junior High, and Tempe High School until my 10th year! I still have family in Mesa and Payson!
    Ohhhhh how I miss the mountains!

  9. I also saw your newbie comment on Teaching First so I wanted to pop over and say hello.. I am also a new blogger! I student teach Kindergarten and the whole experience is super exciting and scary! I love your blog.. you have the gift girl!
    Keep it up.. I love your ideas!
    If you have time, come follow me. Either way, I am your newest follower!
    Best of luck:)

    Miss S
    Just Teaching...Kindergarten

  10. Thank you for visiting my blog (The 3AM Teacher)...I am now your Arizonan follower (hehehe).

    Your blog is so cute (-;

    The 3AM Teacher

  11. Hey Sandra! I saw that you commented on Mrs. Castro's linky and asked what a 403B was. Check out this page:
    I HIGHLY recommend that if you are a public school teacher you get one set up...even if it's 50 bucks a month. I have friends that set them up long ago and have they have a bunch of money for retirement already...I just started one this week! :( 13 years in. I'm kicking myself now! Anyway, check with your human resources department, they should be able to give you the proper info. Good luck! :)


    1. Ooh! Thanks! Yes, I agree... I just started teaching but I NEED to be prepared for the future!!!

  12. What Mimi said (above). I'm planning on setting mine up stat as well, everybody has been telling me that I need to.
    Mrs. Castro's Class 2nd Grade...Spanglish Style

  13. I found you through a bit of blog hopping and I'm glad I did! I also went to ASU and graduated with an ESL endorsement. I currently teach 2nd grade in west Phoenix. I love seeing how much our ELD kids learn in just one year! Loving your blog! I'm your newest follower:)

    1. Cool!!! I teach in North-East-ish Phoenix!! :)

  14. I found you through some blog hopping and noticed your an Arizona teacher. I also teach in Arizona (Phoenix area) and am a special ed. teacher here.

    Resource Room Rules

    1. Thanks for stopping by!! I also teach in Phoenix! :)

  15. I'm excited to find a blog that focuses on ELD. I'm a third year teacher as well and have a class of 90% ELLs in Oakland, California. I think it's inspiring that you are teaching kids having been an ELL powerful that is! Thanks for the resources and ideas (and cute fonts!) :)

    1. Thank you!!! Being an ELL teacher has its challenges but I wouldn't change it for the world! Thanks for following!