Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Featured Teacher Tuesday - Week 13

I hope you have started to love Tuesdays as much as we have! It is time for another week of Featured Teacher Tuesday!

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Our featured teacher this week is Melanie Ebersole from Momma with a Teaching Mission!

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Melanie Ebersole is a 1st grade departmentalized Literacy Teacher. She is also the mom to 4 young children: 2 boys (ages 10 and 6) and 2 girls (ages 7 and 1).

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Melanie is currently in her 3rd year of teaching. She teaches at a school with approximately 700 students in Maryland. She worked in Human Resources for 5 years before finishing her teaching degree and pursuing her dream of teaching. Melanie always wanted to be a teacher, but with life happening, she was not able to pursue completing her degree until after having 3 children. You can read more about her journey HERE.

Melanie has a passion for departmentalization. She did a guest blog on Rachel Lynette’s "Minds in Bloom," which you can read HERE! She also wrote another guest post on a blog she collaborates on "Who’s Who and New." You can read "Why Teaching in a Departmentalized Classroom Rocks" HERE. You can also read more about departmentalization within the primary classroom on her own blog HERE.

Besides running her blog, Melanie is also a TpT author! You can find her store at Momma with a Teaching Mission.

Some of her newest products include…
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These are perfect for building your students independence stamina when working with CVC words.

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This bundle pack is perfect if you are teaching the common core...so many different options for games, homework, formative assessments, or warm-ups.

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This is the 2nd edition in the homework packs that Melanie has created for her own classroom, that turned into a TpT project! You can find the 1st edition here! Her students love this daily homework pack and it is simply a review of 1st grade material. Homework can be a hot topic, but these no prep pages take students only a few minutes a night!

Check out Melanie’s social media accounts here:


Thank you for joining me for this round of Featured Teacher Tuesday! Please check out Melanie Ebersole and do not forget to join us next week for a new featured teacher!


Thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Featured Teacher Tuesday - Week 12


This week's featured teacher is Ashley, 1st grade teacher and blogger over at The Blessed OCDiva. The name pretty much speaks for itself! She has a passion for sharing God’s word, sharing goodies for teachers, and providing a fix for anyone else just a tad OCD!

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Ashley lives in the great state of Texas. She is married to her other half and they are doggy parents to Groot (yes, like Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot) and Maximus (yes, like Gladiator, Maximus Arreluis).

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Ashley has been teaching for 7 ½ years and 6 of those have been in first grade. She loves the ability to turn these little people into lifelong lovers of learning and see the progression throughout the year. Along with teaching, Ashley also is the lead mentor for her campus and has been a team leader for 5 years. She loves being able to help lead other teachers and ignite their passion for learning and teaching; ultimately hoping to be able to turn that into a path for her career.

In 2014, Ashley was Teacher of the Year for her campus. What an honor and blessing this was!! All possible through God’s never-ending love and direction.

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Since starting her blog, The Blessed OCDiva, Ashley opened up her TPT store as well and has worked at building it to offer resources for other teachers that span across the curriculum. Some of her products are included below (click to check them out)!

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Snag some freebies while you are checking out the resources above!

This one has had over 17,000 downloads!







Be sure to keep up-to-date with all of the OCDiva action!

Twitter: The Blessed OCDiva

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Featured Teacher Tuesday - Week 11

Happy New Year! It’s Featured Teacher Tuesday!


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We’re starting 2016 off by featuring Kendwy Valdez from BuggyForFirst.


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Kendwy is a first grade teacher in the state of Massachusetts as well as a wife, mother of two beautiful girls, and pastor.  

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Kendwy has been teaching first grade for four years.  She started working in an alternative school right out of high school in order to pay for college.  She was a biology major with a pre-med concentration, but 3 months into the school year, she realized that what she desperately wanted to do was teach.  So began her journey to obtain her teaching degree even if it meant changing her biology major after 2 ½ years.  Her motto became “I didn’t choose teaching; teaching chose me."


After many years in education and a burning passion for teaching, this past summer, she finally decided to take the plunge and she opened up her TPT store and started her blog at BuggyForFirst.  Her blog is currently undergoing a face-lift and will soon look “legit” :)


Kendwy works with a big population of ELLs.  She believes that every student can be successful with the proper supports put in place.  Language should never be a barrier for learning.  As a second language learner herself, she is very aware of the challenges that many of her students face and makes it a priority to bring engaging and high-quality instruction to all her students.  She uses the 7 step vocabulary process to teach vocabulary.  You can grab the posters from her store.  They’re a FREEBIE :)

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Her most popular product to date has been "The Reading Comprehension Passages for ELLs and Beginner Writers."  There are two packets available: The Blends and Digraphs Pack and the Long Vowels Pack.  

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She will be adding an r-control and diphthongs packet soon, so make sure to follow her store to know when it becomes available.


Have you played "Scoot!" with your students yet?  You have to!  It is so much fun and engaging and the kids are LEARNING! :)

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This packet has over 100 pages of fact fluency activities.

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If you don’t already follow Kendwy, you can find her on most social media platforms.




Follow her blog through Bloglovin’.  Her blog will soon have a pretty pizzazz look to it, and she would love to have you join her on her journey.

Thanks for stopping by! :)