About Me!

You're about to learn about one of the strangest and unlikeliest people to ever teach kindergarten. I  wonder how I ended up here.

I was born, raised in, and currently live and teach in Chicago. It is the greatest city in the world, but I'd really like to live somewhere else someday. Just because.

I teach at a CPS school on the West Side. I have the best teammates I could ask for. My K/1 team is so hardworking, passionate, and on point, and they inspire me to be at my best each day. I have the pleasure of teaching some hilarious, curious, caring, and resilient kids. Even on the challenging days, they keep me going.

Mama Duck Mode

I got married in 2013 to the awesomest guy ever. We had a city hall wedding and spent our money on our honeymoon and saving up for a down payment. We bought a condo at the very end of 2014. I'm working on making it my own (all hubby wants is a soccer shrine. The rest is mine!) Oh, and we have two cats that I am obsessed with.

After our [literally] 2 minute ceremony

Our son Billy <3

Ms. Kiki

I am so inspired by teacher bloggers and creators. I'm an artist at heart, and I think my reason for becoming a teacher was to do fun crafts with kids all day, like I remember about grade school. But yeah, Common Core and standardized tests are the way of the world, so I REALLY have to stretch my creativity to bring these elements into my classroom. I love seeing what other people are doing in their classroom, and how resourceful teachers can be. I am starting to break into the TPT world, and I'm loving it. It is really making me more aware of how my students learn and how they will respond to a lesson 

Here are some randoms: I'm a homebody. I read. I make yummy vegan desserts. I make stuff on my cameo. I love anything dia de los muertos. I watch The Simpsons and It's Always Sunny and Game of Thrones for hours on end. I'm obsessed with Cadillacs. I listen to annoying pop punk from the late 80s. The only sport I care about is hockey {specifically the Blackhawks}. Nicolas Cage and April Ludgate are my spirit animals. I am a PC girl, and I always will be. I like glitter and bright colors and polka dots. I spend way too much time on Pinterest. I've met Neil Gaiman (he is a great guy). 

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to ask anything else you wanna know!



  1. and you're in Chicago! :-) So cool. We should get all the Chicago bloggers together soon!

    1. Chicago is the best! I'd love to get us all together! I've been stalking people for so long now, I'd love to meet them!

  2. I was going to email you just now, but I can't seem to find an email address on your blog. I just started a Facebook group for Chicago Area Teacher Bloggers. I'm hoping to start planning a teacher meet up for early fall. I'm currently thinking late September/early October. Definitely head over to the Facebook group and join so you can get all the updates!

    Chicago Area Teacher Bloggers

    Teaching In A Nutshell

    1. Thanks, Kristin! That sounds like a great idea! I just joined the group. Thanks so much for the invite :)