Hello, I'm Janel! I am married to Fred; we have three children: Austin (10), Sean (7), and Ava (1). I am currently a senior at East Carolina University, and a first grade student intern in Eastern North Carolina. I will graduate in December 2016, with my Bachelor's in Elementary Education.

I became excited about the prospect of becoming a teacher in 3rd grade. My teacher, Mrs. Keys, was excited about teaching and therefore, I became excited about learning! She would give me leftover student workbooks and the matching teacher edition book. I would often play "teacher" with my cousins, (well, they'll say I bossed them around, and never let them be the teacher) and in 6th grade I took an occupation data test that listed teaching as the occupation for me, based on my answers. I graduated  high school in 1997, but I was terrified of going to a big university straight out of high school, so I signed on with a temporary agency, to gain some professional experience. To make a long story short, I worked for a couple years, then went to a community college, and transferred to East Carolina University in 2000. I loved ECU, but some things in my personal life led me to drop out in the spring of 2002, and I moved to NYC. While in NYC, I worked at a hedge fund on the 30th floor of a high-rise, in midtown Manhattan. It was quite an experience for me! I moved back to NC in the fall of 2004. Shortly after, I met my husband, and my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring of 2005. She lost her fight, the day before my 30th birthday in June of 2009. My dad moved in with our family shortly after. He battled Alzheimer's, and subsequently had to be moved to a full time care facility in the fall of 2011. He passed away two years later. 

I worked alongside my husband in the restaurant business, until we had our second son, and my dad moved in. I went back to work in 2012, as a Pre-K teacher assistant. It was then that I found out about the SECU Partnership East program, which allows students pursuing their degree in education, to complete it all online. Here I am four years later, and I am one semester away from FINALLY graduating! Thankful to God for sustaining me, and I am surrounded by many who love and support me.  I'm a blessed woman!

The purpose of this blog is to track my internship, as well as my journey as a teacher. I am also a self-taught graphic artist/designer, so I look forward to creating resources, that I will eventually share in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am looking forward to what lies ahead!