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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Meet the Teacher

I’m linking up for the Meet the Teacher “Linky Party” from The First Grade Parade

My name is Tanya (like Tan - ya, not Ton - ya:). I am 26. I’ve been married to my best friend for 2 ½ years. We started dating way back when I was in 8th grade (he was in 9th). Believe it or not, we’ve been together ever since. Our college degrees took us to different universities hours apart, but here we are! We have a year old baby, Cali (okay, it’s a dog…but our baby none the less).




Cali and his cousin Nitanee

I grew up in Western PA and now live about an hour from my home town (Close to Pittsburgh, PA). Everyone in our neck of the woods bleeds black and yellow! I have one older brother who is going to be a daddy in June! I am so pumped to be an aunt!
My brother, his wife, and their dog Nittanee

I’ve been teaching four years, all of which were in third grade. I also have background and a degree in Special Ed. I have a passion for reading. I finished grad school last summer with a Masters in Reading and Reading Specialist Cert. In my free time (if there is ever such a thing) I LOVE to scrapbook, be crafty, garden, and take pics.

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a teacher?
A: Hmm…I think I would be a realtor or interior designer! I love to decorate!

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Well, I’m not sure I have very many hobbies during the months of August to June! During the summer I do enjoy a good book, bargain shopping, going to garage sales, gardening, scrapbooking, and crafting.

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: From the time I was old enough to talk, I wanted to be a teacher. I used to play school for hours.

Q: What are your guilty pleasures?
A: CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE, and MORE CHOCOLATE (oh yeah…with a little peanut butter mixed in too), Grey’s Anatomy, SVU marathons, and comfy clothes

Q: What is your biggest fear?!
A: FIRE (too much 911 when I was little)

 Q: When you’re on vacation, where do you like to go?
A: I love to vacation anywhere! I do prefer, the beach, but would like to go to Italy and Europe someday. We go to Myrtle Beach every summer and went to Riviera Maya on our Honeymoon.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
A: Live for today, because you never know what tomorrow may bring.

Q: What do you value most in others?
A: I value strong character, morals, and honesty.

Q: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass down to your kids, what would it be?
A: I guess I would have to say ambition.

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world….living or dead…who would it be?
A: my grandma (she died when I was young and would love to know what she was like!)

Now tell us one random thing about yourself:
My husband and I are attempting to check one or two things off our “bucket list” every year. This year we are running the Pittsburgh Marathon (okay…so he is running the marathon and I am only running a leg of it, but it’s still the marathon!) On our honeymoon we went ziplinning through the jungle and a few years ago we completed a triathlon.



Now it’s time for YOU to join the party!!!! Here’s what you need to do: Write a post titled “Meet The Teacher”. Start with a brief “biography” and then copy & paste the Q&A {using your answers, of course!} Copy the web address of your “Meet the Teacher” post and go to The First Grade Parade to link up! It would be GREAT if you could visit at least 3 other teachers…get to know a little bit about your fellow bloggers…and leave a comment!!!! Don't forget to grab a button when you link up!



  1. I found your blog over at the link party and I love it already!

    Looking forward to following you :)

  2. So cute! I love that you have a bucket list! How awesome!

  3. So glad you love the brain feelers!! Send me your email so I can shoot you a copy! Thanks for stopping by~

  4. Tanya - Help! I have always used your Treasures Review sheets for 3rd grade but now the website I use to get them from is gone. Is there anyway to still get them?

  5. I would love to use your Treasures Review Sheets if there are still available for third grade. How can I obtain a copy of these for classroom use?


  6. I am wondering the same thing as Cammie and Magen. I didn't save your Treasures worksheets from your site when I had the chance. I guess I thought they would always be there. Anyway to still get them? I still use Treasures about 50%-75% of the time with my 3rd graders.

  7. Hello! I recently came across your AMAZING worksheets for the Third Grade Treasures series. The website I found no longer has it. Is there any way I can still get them?

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