Saturday, August 11, 2007

I've been tagged!

Okay... I've been "tagged" by Melanie Holtsman!

I had to look this up because I had no idea what it meant to be tagged. If I read this right, it looks like a chain letter (aren't some of those illegal now?) in e-mail. As I thought about how I could use this in my own blog, I thought it might provide a good way for readers of this blog to get to know the Kindergarten Team at Chets Creek - since they will be reading about them all year! First I will state the rules for tagging and then I will tag each of the kindergarten teachers and ask them to leave their own information at their blog or if they haven't set up a blog to leave it as a comment. You will love reading about this fascinating team!

First, the rules:
1. Post the rules before you give the facts.
2. List 8 random facts about yourself.
3. At the end of your post, tag 8 people.
4. Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they have been tagged.

My 8 facts...
  • I am a first-time grandmother to the most beautiful child in the world, Kallyn Lily Timmons. Being a grandparent is the absolute BEST!
  • My son, Wes, plays for the AAA Atlanta Braves during the summer and teaches Physical Education at my school during the off-season. His wife, Randi, is a kindergarten teacher at Chets. We often get to eat lunch together. We keep it all in the family!
  • I have been married to my high school sweetheart - love of my life - for 37 years! Jimmy is a Physical Education teacher at Mayport Elementary School and coaches baseball at Fletcher High School.
  • My daughter, Courtney, is a Senior at Florida State University (Go Noles!) and is majoring in Special Education. I think she likes being a student because she wants to get her Masters degree before she finally gets a job! I don't blame her - this is a great time in her life!
  • I LOVE to read, especially on the beach in the late afternoon.
  • I did my undergraduate work at a small Methodist girls' college (Columbia College) in Columbia, SC and it's the best thing I ever did! Being in that small, supportive environment fostered leadership qualities that I didn't even know I possessed!
  • My mother had a dancing school while I was growing up so I began teaching dancing when I was 16. I even had a scholarship to teach dancing in college and supplemented my early teaching salary by teaching dancing classes on Saturday (made $6200 that entire first year as a Special Education teacher!) I have long retired those dancing shoes but I am still moved by music. My favorites are goldie oldie "beach" music and contemporary praise and worship music. Music touches my soul.
  • I have written my name in lower case letters since the 2nd grade. I had a teacher, Mrs. Gilmore, who loved the poetry of ee cummings. cummings is known for his lack of capitals and punctuation. Mrs. Gilmore had such a profound influence on my young life that I began replicating her favorite poet and have continued the practice every since as a tribute to that life changing agent. In the early years writing my name in lowercase letters reminded me to believe in myself but now it reminds me of the difference one teacher can make in the life of a child. I know... because it happened to me!
So now, I tag Haley AlvaradoElizabeth ConteCheryl Dillard, Julia Lewis, Debbie HarbourMeredy Mackiewicz Maria Mallon, Karen Meissner, Chevaughn Sasso and Randi Timmons.
Getting to know you... Getting to know all about you...

1 comment:

dayle said...

MeredyMackiewicz: My 8 facts...

*I am a new momma to the sweetest, most adorable, baby girl ever- Bretton Scout. :) Lovin' being a family!

*I have been married to my husband, Kevin for 3+ years....the first thing I ever said to him was an ever-so-sweet comment on how he had worn the same dirty shorts every day that week to the Sports and Fitness summer camp we were both working (gross, right?!) Hee hee!!!! He now regularly washes all articles of his clothing.

*I earned my Master's degree in School Counseling and had planned on becoming a guidance counselor until I feel in love with teaching....and having a captive audience of little people to make me laugh on a daily basis :)

*I won Walt Disney's Dreamer and Doer Award in 5th grade for trying to single-handedly save the manatees.....I had adopted the same manatee, Boomer, for 9 years in a row, and had the wonderful opportunity to meet him on several occasions, until he passed away from boat-related causes. :(

*My favorite book is "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee..... we compromised and our daughter's middle name is Scout. I also love Dr. Seuss but we both agreed that Horton would be better for a boy. :)

*I am scared of birds, especially very large ones. I once had a terrifying incident with a heron of some sort at Gatorland but I don't want to talk about it.

*I love the beach. You cant tell by my pasty-ness this year (babies and the sun don't mix) but I love to just lay on the beach....add in a good book and my ipod and you could leave me there for hours. I am so looking forward introducing Bretton to sandcastles and sea shells!!!

*I think I would be a very good skier if it snowed in FL. I have only seen snow 4 times and was a pro right away... only one not to fall in ski school with a bunch of 10 year olds! I also used to wake board in high school ...that's about as extreme as I will ever get though!