Thursday, July 5, 2012

Welcome to My Blog!

Hello All!

So this is my very post, and I'm pretty nervous about it! I spent all last night working on making look nice, which took way longer than I thought it would so bear with me as I tweak it to make it look just right!
My name is Liz, and I just graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Elementary Education and a certificate in Gender and Women's Studies. So, needless to say, my very first year of teaching is just around the corner!
My lovely cohort and me on Graduation Day!!! (That's me in the back row, second from the right!)

As my blog name may suggest, I am not teaching in Madison, or even in Wisconsin, as there are certainly not many valleys around here. I am packing up my life here in Wisconsin in just a few short weeks, and moving across the country with my wonderful fiance to start a new adventure in Phoenix, Arizona. Evan will be starting graduate school at Arizona State University, studying conservation, and I will be teaching in a first grade classroom. It's kind of a huge leap to move so far away, but we thought long and hard about it, and everything about Phoenix for both of us just seemed so right. I fell in love with my new district at a career fair that I attended, and Evan really loved ASU so we think it's meant to be.

Evan and I are pretty excited to start a new adventure!

So, needless to say, packing up is NOT something that I am looking forward to nor is the 25+ hour car trip. But I am excited to have my own classroom next year and have a change of scenery as Wisconsin winters are not my favorite. I prefer nice, warm, sunny weather. I also love the color yellow, books, animals, and chai tea lattes! 

And what better way to start off a blog and a start of a new adventure than find out that I am a winner!!
Michelle over at Just Wild About Teaching emailed me today and informed me that I won a $20 gift certificate to Amazon! Which is great because I really love Amazon and I really want these books:

I've been reading some other bloggers who are doing book studies of these books, and they both seem like excellent resources to have!

Well, I have lots to do tonight - my best friend is getting married in just two days to her high school sweetheart...well technically less than that! So we're going out to dinner to celebrate my engagement and her almost-marriage!

So excited for Alyssa's wedding!!


  1. Welcome to the blogging world and good luck with your new class! Lots of changes, but it sounds very exciting! :)


  2. Congrats on all of the big things going on in your life. I am a recent graduate as well and searching for my first year teaching position now. I am also your newest follower!

  3. Yay for your blog!! :)
    You'll love AZ if you love HOT! I personally LOVE it since I'm not a snow person at all!
    It will be a great change but I'm sure you'll love it!
    I'm bummed that you won't be able to go to the meet up!!
    When are you coming down? My first official day this year is on July 31st!! It's coming way tooo fast!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First

    1. I'm pretty excited about the move yet super nervous as well! We're leaving Wisconsin on July 17 so I can go to new teacher inservice on July 23! It's coming up so fast!

  4. New to your blog! Found you on luckey frogs lily pad blog. Congrats on beginning your teaching adventure! :o)

    jennkeys @ gmail . com

  5. Aww...congrats to you on having your first classroom!! Take time to enjoy it, 'cause it will FLY by...and super congrats on your engagement and your move...that's really brave...good luck this fall, sounds like you'll be great!

    Treasures for Teaching

  6. Hey Liz! Thanks for entering my giveaway and congrats on the new job and new blog! I love the look of your blog... good job putting it all together! Good luck packing!

    EduKate and Inspire

  7. Good luck with the move! You will do fine! Sometimes it is great to get out and experience something new! I moved 3 weeks after graduating! I went from Michigan to Virginia! Then back to Michigan just to turn around and move to North Carolina! I have been here for almost 5 years! I do have to say, I am ready to move home though!Or to my hubbys home state-Hawaii:) Thanks for blogging about my giveaway! If you never need anything let me know!
    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  8. Yay! I'm happy you have a blog now :) I'm a new follower!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  9. Found your blog link from another blog I follow. Welcome to bloggy-land (I just started myself) and congrats on all these wonderful new changes! Walmart has great teacher stuff, too, even less than Target...88 cents! I'll be following :)

    Apple Blossoms