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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Four Day 20% Off Sale Beginning Sunday, September 7th

In honor of recently reaching a major sales milestone on Teacherspayteachers.com, I am discounting all of my products by 20% for four days, beginning Sunday, September 7th.  Check it out at:

www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Middle-School-Novel-Units

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A New Year

Without a doubt, for me, this is a year of change. After 9 years teaching at one school, I have started this year at a different school. It has been a long time since I was "the new kid.'  Not only am I at a new school having to learn all new processes, but I am teaching two new (different) classes, one of which is journalism that comes with no assigned curriculum, and a new grade level. Also, since language arts in our district is finally in an adoption year, I am teaching with a new textbook along with new technology.  I finally have a Smart board (if only I can learn how to use it!)

In spite of all of that, I LOVE this new school.  We have an awesome principal who believes in discipline and supports his teachers.  The teachers are happy and have been very welcoming and helpful.   Finally, my favorite part of teaching, my students, are awesome!

I hope everyone is having a great start to their new year! Watch for upcoming "specials" and give-aways!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year....

...Well, almost! It is one of the most wonderful times of the year.  I must admit, however, that it took me a little longer this year to get out of summer mode.

This past Friday was the first day back for teachers in my district and after 9 years teaching 7th grade language arts at the same middle school, I find myself beginning a new chapter in my career at a different middle school where I will be teaching both 7th and 8th grade language arts along with two journalism classes.

Although it has been a long time since I was the "new kid" in school I was welcomed with open arms by the administrators and faculty at my new school and I can honestly say that I am back in full school mode, both excited and ready for school to begin on August 18th!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I have been meaning to start a blog for a long time, but somehow, life just kept getting in the way.  

First, let me begin by introducing myself. I am the owner and creator of Middle School Novel Units Inc. I am an English teacher who was born to teach! In addition to teaching English, I am also certified to teach math for grades 5 to 9. My love of learning and my dream to teach began in 1971 when I started kindergarten.

I grew up “playing school” every weekend in my grandma’s basement and my desire to teach never wavered through the years and finally became a reality when my husband encouraged me to attend college during the years I stayed at home raising our 4 children.  

Through teaching, I discovered a love of writing curriculum. I wrote my first complete novel unit in 2008 and now have more than 200+ novel units in my store on the Teacher Pay Teachers website. Within the past year, I have gotten my mom involved in the business. You will find links to both of our sites on this page.  She specializes in book units for grades 1-4 and I specialize in novel units for grades 4-8+.

Please feel free to contact me if you are in need of a unit for a particular novel and, time permitting, I will create it for you. Of course, I do most of my creative work on units during the summer as I have little time during the school year. However, I have been known to take time out on the weekend to create a unit if requested to by a customer!