Here’s to our HEROES behind the scenes

So I don’t know about you, but I can tell you, that at the beginning of each school year, my success depends HEAVILY on the people around me…. So this blog is just a quick thank you to those AROUND me, keeping me sane, every single day…(make sure you thank your heroes)

I could write a book on how my teacher friends from around the world and colleagues love and support me, this blog is going to focus on the people who are even more behind the scenes… The ROCKSTARS in my “out of school” life.

My momma-in-law has been SUPER generous, feeding us, making dinners, and sending me beautiful inspirational (GO GET ‘EM ) texts/fb messages in preparation for this school year. I am grateful that she is helping me ease into these 70 hour work weeks…

My other momma (Paul’s momma)


My little Brother has been a great emotional support, I never stress when I am around him as his dry sense of humor and sarcasm just just doesn’t leave room for it….Gracias, hermanito….


My momma, is the most incredible momma in the entire world. I know everyone says that, but mine really is. She has made about 90% of the posters in my room. This year she spent over 10 hours getting my room ready, 5 of which were unplanned. One of these days I asked her to make me a “monster poster”with body parts that I could label. She did it first (for 45 minutes) on a piece of paper, as a drawing. It was a ZOMBIE version of me and it was a GOREY HORRIFYING MESS, that would’ve terrified the students and potentially got me fired! haha! That is what I get for asking an actual portrait artist to make a simply googly-eyed monster poster…. She is remarkable… I ended up with an EPIC octopus monster. (which of course she is just mortified that I am hanging it, since she is used to spending between AT LEAST 100-1000 hours, not kidding, on paintings) She will be even more horrified that I am sharing it here. (I haven’t labeled the body parts yet)

My monster…. EPIC RIGHT?!!?!
little (BIG) brother, Momma, and me

My daddy drove an hour across New Orleans to help in my classroom for 10 minutes before he had to drive back across town for work again. Then he offered to forego sleeping before his Night Shift to come in and hang up posters….. Sigh… what a guy


Sara, (Snarky as many of you know her from the IFLT Facebook page) has been a godsend for me! She has worked hard to collaborate with me LOTS at the beginning of the year. I stole her away from her high school where she was teaching and asked her to be part of what I anticipate will be one of the greatest language programs in the South. She will be working in the LS this year (where I was last year) I will be in the Middle School, and Teresa York will be in the high school! We will make an incredible team! I can’t wait!

SARITA (Snarky)

Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank my Paul, and my Isla. The rocks of my chaotic, disastrous, crazy world. They are my peace. Paul spent 12 hours of his single day off two weeks ago, to prepare my classroom. What a champ. He also gets to hear every little bit of my stress, excitement, nerves, complaints, celebrations, breakthroughs, breakdowns, tears, and cheers, throughout the year. He is such an incredible man, and I can’t imagine my life without him and his beautiful little girl, Isla Rose. I don’t have children of my own but I call Isla my daughter. She has been in my life since she was 6 months old and she is such a JOY to come home to at the end of the day. I am so blessed to know her. Her favorite new Spanish phrase is “¡¿QUÉ PASÓ?!” I love it!

Take some time and thank the people you couldn’t do this job without. As teachers, we have one of the most challenging and sometimes, thankless jobs in the world. We do it all for the kids and there is NO one that knows that better than the people that love us most. They deserve all the thanks in the world….


Until next time,



La Maestra Loca



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