Our Story


Jillian. Kendra. Annie.

Jillian, Kendra, and Annie worked together at the same elementary school -- Kendra as a first grade teacher, Jillian as a fifth grade teacher, and Annie as a Gifted & Talented teacher.  Eventually, we all became primary teachers and were brought together by our common philosophies and love of professional learning.  (Cheesy, but true!) Before Twitter and blogging, we were/are our own PLN, discussing professional books over coffee and brainstorming ideas at impromptu staff meetings.  This friendship continues nine years later.

Our understandings about literacy and learning continue to grow through our personal and professional experiences.  Being moms and wives (and readers and runners and photographers and occasional scrapbookers), we are constantly striving to find that ever-elusive balance.  Not only will you see our thoughts about education, there will also be some snippets about our lives.  It is our hope that we can reflect and share our learning and fun with you.

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Want to know a little more about us?

Annie
teacher leader...wife and mom to two kiddos (7 & 4)
runs half-marathons...always has a stack of Books to Read...likes to have the (right) answer...thinks a great family trip includes a zoo, IKEA, and good food...finds joy in laughing & hanging out with her hubby...dreams of owning an independent children's bookstore...maybe able to start one in her basement with all the picture books she owns...treasures family dinners...eats coffee ice cream almost every night...but doesn't drink real coffee (only the fluff-ety stuff that costs $5 a cup)......watches Meet the Press every Sunday...has the.best.family.ever. (true story)

Jillian
1st Grade Teacher...wife and mom to three kids (8, 5, and 2)
reads anything and everything... chauffeurs to dance, baton, soccer, baseball, etc....loves photography and is rarely seen without her camera...sings along with Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First and Teen Beach Movie...drinks way too much Dr. Pepper...gets lost in the drama on the Young and the Restless...adores playing with my kids...enjoys crafting and scrapbooking...slighty obsessed with Pinterest...has.the.best.family.ever. (honest)

Kendra
1st Grade Teacher...wife and mom to two boys (9 & 5)
runs half-marathons too and loves running trails and corn fields...has a book addiction (paperbacks, professional, picture, we have 'em all!)...secretly wishing for her own farm...loves to cook good fresh food for people she loves...adores date night with her husband...listens to the Fresh Beat Band when she runs...does drink real coffee (all the time)...more obsessed with Twitter than Pinterest...one more secret...would love to learn how to sew...will "throwdown" to say best.family.ever.(seriously)