Meet Sydney from Lessons Learned

I am so very honored to be a part of this talented group of teachers. I'd like to thank... No, no, I'm kidding. But the truth is, I would not be here without amazing teachers like yourself. 

This is my first year teaching, but my story begins five years ago, and well so obviously it's a long story. So in the interest of keeping a long story short, when I first graduated from undergrad I worked in book publishing in NYC (so thankful for the experience and at Simon and Schuster and HarperCollins, no less! - it's fun to tell my kids now that I worked where the books were made). 

We all know how it goes right? At least how it went back then, right? "You'd be an amazing teacher!" "You are so creative" "If you want to be able to help people the world needs teachers." Okay, okay. I got the message. But, by the time I moved back home and completed my Master's Degree, well guess what, the world played this funny trick and they decided they didn't need so many teachers. Here I searched. Day in and day out. For THREE summers. I subbed. I worked after-school programs. You name it. This past October while I was lying in PJ's watching The View I got THE CALL (I'll still have to search again this summer but that's because of the time of year I was hired and a story for another time). I do think this is MY calling. Don't misunderstand. I have my days when I come home exhausted. Sometimes I cry at school (hey it's my first year, in a school of 1800 kids, I'm in a trailer and one of 16 classes in our grade) but if I didn't love what I do I don't think I would have spent the last two whole days of my spring break blogging, searching, saving, printing, cutting, pasting, and staring down the pile of laminating that is my reward for the night once I have finished cleaning. 

My lunch is packed, the outfits are laid out, I just need some gas in the car in the morning (in hopes the price would go down in the morning after all the spring break suckers, I waited. Ha!). I'm ready to go. I can't wait to try out my new little treats centers on them. Eh, you say potAYtOH, I say potAHtOH.
click to enlarge image. below: library labels, created by me 
left: top of laminating pile, Noun Land from the teacher wife's noun unit; right: number card labels for math centers from Ladybug's Teacher Files.

Here's a sneak peek. Oh and my new labels for my class library - I want to share those
with all of you but I can't seem to make it a pdf without trying to print it first. If anyone knows how I would love the tip. I LOVE my computer (MAC) but need some help with the techno end of things. Happy Monday!


  1. I am not the amazing computer genius, but I do know how to make a PDF on a Mac. I click on file. then print. In the new window that pops up in lower left corner it says PDF. Click on that button. It expands. Then near the top it says "Save as PDF." Click on that and you should be set. If you still have questions, let me know. Good luck.

  2. Welcome Sydney,

    Love your labels. Welcome to TBA.

    Ms. M

  3. Hey Sydney!
    Wow your school is HUGE! That is really interesting that you started out in publishing.
    I'm also a big Mac fan! :) Welcome to TBA!
    Teaching Happily Ever After


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