I am an educational professional (read: English teacher) who has taken a brief hiatus to stay home to raise her children (i.e. ensure they survive being toddlers with all fingers and toes intact). With over 5 years experience in public education, I have served as a classroom teacher for grades 8-12, an elementary level paraprofessional, and a coach. I received my B.A. in English and M.A. in Secondary English Education from Truman State University, and I am currently working towards obtaining an Educational Specialist degree in Learning Resources. When I am not eating mud pies or dressing up like a superhero, I can be found with my nose in a book (preferably YA lit or a thriller!) or writing on my blog, A Piece of the ‘Pae.