Welcome to "Rome's Readers", I'm so glad you stopped by! I am a 1st grade teacher in a small school district in MN. I have a passion for learning, literacy and kids. I am excited about sharing my enthusiasm, expertise and ideas with other educators. My motto is "The more we share, the more we learn. The more we learn, the better we teach. The better we teach, the more kids learn AND we all have more fun!" I am a National Board (NBPTS) candidate (results due in December!), a past President of the MN Reading Association, a long-time member of the International Reading Association and a former Reading First literacy coach. I am also an avid reader, writer and learner.  Most importantly, I am blessed with a terrific husband and three wonderful "kids". My areas of expertise are vocabulary, comprehension, writing, motivation and parent partnerships. I have more than 25 years experience as an educator. I truly love what I do and I hope my blog will inspire you!