Wednesday, May 28, 2014

10 Things About Me

Hello Again! I realize that two blog posts in one day may be overkill so bear with me. :) Since I have yet to reveal very much about myself, I thought it would be helpful to share 10 things about me. Hopefully, after this, you will know you aren't being catfished.

1) I just graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with my degree in Elementary Education.

Of course my twin and I had to have coordinating Harry Potter hats for graduation. Duh.

2) As indicated above, I have an identical twin sister! She is pretty much the bee's knees.

3) I met the love of my life, Nicholas, in 7th grade; we played viola together in Orchestra. We started dating the summer before our senior year of high school. We celebrate our 6 year anniversary next month. He is also the bee's knees.

4) Nicholas and I are in love with our fur babies. They have us wrapped around their wittle fingers.

5) I may be 23, but am mistaken for a 17 year old on a weekly basis.

6) I attended 9 different schools between 3rd and 6th grade and still did well in school. Go me!

7) Milk and Cookies ice cream = one of the best things ever created.

8) I plan on getting my master's degree, I'm just not sure about what I want to study yet. 

9) I completed my student teaching at an inner-city school right in the heart of Las Vegas. I have a job in 6th grade English or 7th grade reading waiting for me there this fall!

 For us Las Vegans, rain in General is a BIG DEAL. Throw in a rainbow and its "leave class to go outside and take pictures" worthy.

10) I Want to get a job scooping ice cream this summer. Ben and Jerry's please call me!

I would love to know some things about you! Please share :)

Wordless Wednesday

Hello All!

For my post Today I am linking up with Sugar and Spice for Wordless Wednesday!

As I enter my 5th official day as a blogger, I have started playing around with PowerPoint to make a button for my blog. Here's what I've come up with so far (been able to figure out)!


As I start to figure out the design aspect of blogging, my question is does anyone have any advice on other programs to use beside PowerPoint? 

I would love to hear from other newbie bloggers or first year teachers! :)   

Monday, May 26, 2014

10 Things I Want to Do This Summer

Greetings! I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out what I wanted to write about for my first "official" blog post. Fortunately, I stumbled upon the Top 10 Things I Want to do Over Summer linky and knew it was perfect! What a great way to kick off my blog and my summer!

My summer is going to be jam-packed! Between getting ready to teach this fall and trying to find a summer job, my vacation will be more work and less relaxation, and I am totally fine with that! Here are my top 10:

 1) Get my teaching license!

The second UNLV confers my degree I'm heading over to the Department of Education to apply for that bad boy!

 2) Begin preparing for my first year of teaching:

I have been fortunate enough to get a job at the school where I completed my student teaching. It's an amazing school with an even more amazing staff and admin! I am so thankful I will get to return there in August! I am so excited to start planning but I still don't know for sure which grade I will be teaching. I am techniquely hired as a 7th grade reading teacher, which means I would follow my little sixies up to the next grade. I would be totally fine taking this position as I would already know half of the students and would also be working with two of my mentors former student teachers. (My mentor is great an educational geneius!) (He needs an entire post to explain his greatness. A book, really)

My other possible position is 6th grade English. I would like this position just a little bit more because my mentor would be my counterpart. We would do nearly all of our planning together just like student teaching. Also, I have the entire 2nd semester planned because of student teaching. Um, yes please! Once I find out which position I will be in, then I can start really planning.

3) Find a Summer job:

I actually already found a summer job but it didn't work out, so back to the job hunt I go. I wanted to find a job scooping ice cream because I thought it would be fun and I LOVE ice cream. Of coarse, my twin got a job at Baskin Robins! Waaaah! Is there room for me?! Haha

4) Spend more time with my fur babies:

                 Charlie                                                                                                  Max

My kittens get so lonely during the school year. Summer time is when I can really pay them some attention (because the 3 other people in the house don't count in their book, for some reason. )

5) Fix my fireplace guard:

                            (Aside from the black dot on his head, he is usually snowball white...)

Need I say more?

6) Spend more time outdoors:

I love going hiking, fishing, and just being outside. I need to get my outdoor-fix before I become consumed with school in the fall.

7) Remember to bring sunscreen to all outings. 

I spent about an hour hiking a small trail by my house. This was the result.

8) Come up with a blogging schedule:

I really want to stick with this blog so I can document my first year of teaching. I think it will be a great resource for me to reflect and grow. I need to make a schedule and stick with it!

9) Eat healthier:

Now that I have a career I need to stop eating like a college student! My mentor sets such a great example when it comes to eating right and I need to follow it. For any stockholders out there, McDonald's sales numbers are about to go down dramatically.

10) Remember to relax!

Even though I have a lot to do this summer, I need to remember to set time aside to just relax and have fun. I do live in Las Vegas after all! A trip to the high roller may happen.

What are your summer plans? Please let me know, I would love to get to know some bloggers!

Saturday, May 24, 2014


Hello! My name is Suzanna Padderatz and I am a recent college graduate about to begin my dream career as a teacher. I started this blog to share all of the trials, triumphs, and amazing moments I will soon be having as a first year teacher. I have tried blogging before, but was never able to stick with it. Don't worry though, it will be different this time. ;)