Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Liebster Award

I was really excited to find an e-mail in my inbox from Michaela Almeida from The Center Based Classroom nominating me for the Liebster Award. :) It totally made my day!

This was the first time I have head of the award. It is such an amazing way to connect with new blogs. There are so many incredible teacher bloggers out there that are just waiting to be discovered! 

So here is how it works:

To accept the nomination I must:
1. Link back to the blog that nominated me
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
3. Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator
4. Share 11 random facts about yourself
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees
6. Contact your nominees and let them know you nominated them

I nominated:
Danielle Krantz at Live Love Math
Andrea Halterman at Eltigger
Verevna Scrivens at Scrivens 5th Grade
Teresa Kwant at Sixth Grade Scoop
Jenifer Stewart at All Four Reading

Questions from Michaela:

1. What is your favorite subject to teach? I love to teach reading! :) I had so much fun this year teaching one of my students (a young girl who spent most of her life living on the streets of Delhi) how to read. I haven't started my Master's yet, but I am planning on becoming a reading specialist in the next few years! 

2. What is your favorite book? What a hard question! I am an avid reader so questions like this are very difficult. I think I would have to say that it is currently Jane Eyre. I really enjoy the poetic language and classic love story.

3. Do you have a piece of clothing or an accessory you can't live without? In the states it was cute shoes. I love to shoe shop (I think it runs in my family) and I usually can't turn down a cute pair of comfy shoes. I haven't been able to indulge in my shoe passion in Delhi because shoes get really disgusting really fast and they need to be durable.

4. Do you have any pets? If so what kind and what are their names? Currently we don't have a pet. It would be really hard to take care of one right now, but Wesley and I have been working hard to convince my husband to get a puppy when we land back in the US. 

5. What was your first job? My first job was waitressing at Perkins Family Restaurant, house of the world's best pancakes (not that I'm biased.) I started at age 15 and worked there throughout high school and most of college. 

6. What is your favorite type of school supply? A sharpie! I love how clean it looks when you write with it. I didn't realize how much I loved it until I found that it was hard to find a nice permanent marker in Delhi. I brought two packs with me from the US after my visit this June. 

7. What is the most played song on your iTunes?  Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! by Sufjan Stevens. (We used to lived in Detroit)

8. What is the last movie you saw? Finding Nemo, all snuggled up with Wesley. I look forward to the days when I have time to watch a "grown up" movie again! :)

9. Have you ever been out of the country? Where did you visit? Yes, quite a few times. I went to Honduras when I was 15 to help teach English to students from different schools; to Australia when I was 16 to spend a summer with some friends and also help run a sports camp; to China when I was 17 to work at an orphanage; to Bermuda (does that count?) when I was 21 to celebrate graduating with some of my besties from College; to Malaysia last year to get a break from Delhi (it is one of the most beautiful places!); to Nepal also to get a break from Delhi; and right now I live in India. 

10. What is your favorite hobby? (outside of blogging!)  Being crafty; I enjoy cross-stitch, d.i.y. projects, and creating cute things for my classroom. 

11. If you weren't a teacher, what would you be? I would be a nurse. I thought about taking an 18 month nursing program a couple of years ago, but then I decided that it would be a lot of work keeping up with continuing education for teaching and nursing. 

Random Facts About Me:
1. I danced for 13 years (ballet, tap, swing, hip hop...)
2. I graduated from high school when I was 16.
3. I love watching old movies like, A Touch of Mink or Court Jester.
4. I used to be a barista at a cute little coffee shop.
5. I have seen 4 shows on Broadway and one Opera at the MET (I used to teach in NYC)
6. I started working on a trilogy that I might try to get publish when I have more time to work on it. So maybe in like 20 years!
7. I am double jointed in my knees and elbows.
8. Sometimes when I am nervous I still bite my nails.
9. I met my husband when I was 14 working at a camp but we didn't start dating until I was 20.
10. My favorite color changes depending on my mood. Right now I am loving green. :) 
11. I used to have a pet rabbit who I think thought it was a dog! It was litter trained, loved to snuggle on people's laps, and would lick someone's hand until they pet her. 

And now my 11 questions...
1. When did you know you wanted to be an educator?
2. What is your favorite classroom memory?
3. What is your dream vacation?
4. What was your funniest teacher moment?
5. What is your favorite summer activity?
6. What is your favorite brand of handbags/purses?
7. What is your favorite movie?
8. What is your favorite children's book?
9. Which holiday, during the school year, do you look forward to the most?
10. What is your favorite on-the-go snack?
11. What is one piece of technology that you can't live without? 

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