Saturday, September 22, 2012

2012 Bowling for Brain Injuries Next Weekend - Please Donate!


Joshua and I are participating in the 2012 Bowl for Brain Injury Event with his family on September 29th. We'd love it if you would consider sponsoring us by donating. Small donations are great, you can choose however much you'd like to donate. We don't have a very big goal, just $100. We are only 1/4 of the way there. Please help!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Salt Lake City, UT > Phoenix, AZ

The second day was LONG but I got to see some areas of the country that I've never laid eyes on. We really enjoyed Arches National Park and Monument Valley. 

  Arches National Park, Utah

  Arches National Park, Utah

  Arches National Park, Utah

 Arches National Park, Utah



 Monument Valley, UT

Monument Valley, UT

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Billings, MT > Salt Lake City, UT

Last week, Joshua and I flew up to Montana to help my mom make the big move down to Arizona. We chose scenic roads between Billings and Phoenix. Here are some of my favorite photos from the first leg of the trip.
Billings, MT

Cody, WY

Buffalo in Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park

Grand Tetons

Family of 4 Moose - Wyoming

Driving into Salt Lake City, Utah

Sunset from North Salt Lake City, UT

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Road Not Taken - Teaching


As a little girl, summer vacations were spent teaching a room full of stuffed animals addition and spelling. I carefully crafted lesson plans and lined up all of my pupils to offer my guidance on the best way to find the answer to 2+2. Even at a very young age, I knew that teaching was a good fit for me. And after field experience last semester, I knew that I was on the right track. I love kids!

I have been diligently plugging away at getting a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. As I am about to finish my Associate's degree at Phoenix College this coming Spring, I met with an adviser from the Teacher's College at Arizona State University. My worst fear was realized. After a long discussion, I came to the realization that I had not crossed all of my t's or dotted all of my i's. Getting this degree is not the perfect fit for me. Senior year requires a full time Student Teaching placement. The student is paired with a mentor teacher and basically lives out their teaching contract for the year from front to back.  There is no pay. As much as I would LOVE to be able to have that type of experience in a classroom, I cannot possibly take a full school year off of work with no pay. I left feeling so discouraged.

This is the part where my knight in shining armor swoops in and saves the day (always my favorite part). Joshua did a little research and found that I could take a different route that makes more sense for a mature (also known as "older") student like me. Now, I have options. I am going to go ahead and get my Associate's degree in Elementary Education from PC, but when I transfer to ASU, I will choose a Bachelor's degree that I can get online. Two that stand out are English or Family and Human Development. Online classes really make more sense with my busy schedule anyway. After I get this degree, I can enroll in a Master's and Certification program to achieve my teaching license. ASU partners with organizations like Teach for America or Arizona Teaching Fellows to offer an opportunity to transition to teaching from another career while getting paid for the work. If accepted, I would work in a high-need classroom for two years and take evening classes once as week.

In the end, it will take me a little longer to get where I am going, but I feel excited about this new path. When I was younger, I wanted to get my Bachelor's degree (in teaching) to join the Peace Corps. Now that I am mature (there is that word again) and have a family, a mortgage, and responsibilities, Teach for America (or a program like it) is the next best thing. The transition will be smooth and I will not have to give up a lot of cherished time in my home with my family or leave my current job (which I love too) any sooner than needed. My grandmother once made the comment that I do everything out of order or in a different way from everyone else. It is true, I have taken the path that is less traveled and it surely has made all of the difference.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

2012 Bowling for Brain Injuries - Please Donate!


Joshua and I are participating in the 2012 Bowl for Brain Injury Event with his family on September 29th. We'd love it if you would consider sponsoring us by donating. Small donations are great, you can choose however much you'd like to donate.


For one of my classes last Spring I had to write a paper on Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). The biggest thing that I learned is that this injury in particular is difficult because most of the time you cannot see it. Some people suffer silently. 

Here in Arizona, we have a wonderful resource in the Brain Injury Association of Arizona. If you'd like to learn more about brain injuries or are interested in participating in this event, you should visit their website.

Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona

The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona (BIAAZ) is the only statewide organization in Arizona dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with brain injuries and their families and working to prevent brain injuries. 

Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
5025 E. Washington Street, Suite 108
Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Administration (602) 508-8024
Fax (602) 508-8285
Infoline (602) 323-9165
Toll-free Infoline 1 (888) 500-9165.

www.biaaz.org

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