Hey, I’m Libby!
I am so happy you’re here! I’m Libby, a teacher with a passion for first grade. I love sharing fresh, engaging ideas for classroom teachers.
I am not one of those teachers that grew up wanting to be a teacher. I didn’t have parents and grandparents that were in education. Instead, I went to undergrad intending to be an undecided major, figuring it out as I went. When I went to orientation to register for classes, I was surprised to see that I was scheduled for everything in the Education building. I remember sitting in my first orientation meeting and being told that we were future teachers. It was then that I realized that I was surrounded by students that had chosen an education major. I have a very ‘Type B’ personality, so I thought ‘well I’m here now – I guess I’ll see how this goes.’ Now here I am, years later, so sure that being a teacher is what I was meant to do. If that isn’t proof that everything happens for a reason, I don’t know what is!
My Teaching Journey
After graduating undergrad, I returned to Atlanta and taught first grade for four years. I also earned my Masters degree while teaching. It was during this time that I began creating resources for my classroom. I struggled to find engaging activities that aligned with our standards. My coworkers encouraged me to put the things I made on Teachers Pay Teachers. I hoped that my work could save other teachers time! After getting married in 2019, I moved to the Pacific Northwest for my spouse’s job. After our move, it was incredibly difficult to find a teaching position. Our new home was surrounded by multiple sought-after teaching programs, so finding a job was hard. I was a substitute teacher, trying to get to know the schools in the area when COVID hit and I couldn’t substitute teach at all! This allowed me to explore my other passion – creating resources for teachers.
Eventually I was able to return to the classroom in 2020, teaching fifth grade and later fourth grade. We moved again in 2022, this time to Birmingham, Alabama where I’m once again teaching fourth. I enjoy the upper grades, but first grade is my favorite!
Although my journey may be different from most educators, it has also allowed me to explore ways in which I can help teachers whether I’m in the classroom or not. I am so grateful for the online teaching community and all the connections that I’ve made! It has shown me that I can make an even bigger impact on the teaching community, outside of my classroom.
My husband, Alex, and I are expecting our first child in July 2023! We are overjoyed to grow our family and meet our little boy. After loving on other people’s children for so many years, I am incredibly excited to become a mother. Alex and I love to travel and hope to continue to do so with our son.
I live for a beach trip and spending time with loved ones. With a little one on the way, the ability to work from home is the perfect way to support teachers while caring for our son. I treasure my coffee and quiet time in the morning and love to take our two pups on long walks. When I’m not creating and spending time with family, you can find me online shopping or reading!
Thank you for being here! I’d love to chat – is there something we share in common? Let’s connect!