Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Dear Camille E Crockett

Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that your student loans have been paid in full! Please keep this notification that your loans have been payed in full!

Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, the benefits of saving money by living at home!

10-15 years has been condensed to 2 years!! Yes!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

petty thieves or excelling students?

Teacher in-service has been chugging along, kids and parents have also been coming up to the school to pick up their uniforms.

On the first day scheduled for uniform pick up, there were a lot of people that came up to the school.

There were also a lot of teacher cell phones stolen, 3 to be exact.

Yes, you heard me right. Teachers' belongings were stolen by families that attend our school.

My mind went through so many different emotions.


Did that really just happen?


How could anyone do something like that?

Especially to people that are committed to bettering the lives of those that attend.

One thing that I have come to learn though is that the circumstances of a person's life dictate so much of what their future will entail. Can this behavior really be blamed if it is all they know?

One way to correct it? EMPOWER the children. Show them that their life has value. Give them an education. Encourage them to dream and to set goals above the realities that they know. And press them. Set that bar so high. Let them know that it will take a lot of hard work. But let them know that they have the abilities to accomplish it.

I read that if a teacher is told that a child is gifted, she will instruct in a manner that forces the student to improve that much more, (even if the information given to them is false) and the student will succeed. Meaning, all students, regardless of background, have great potential if someone is willing to say, "yes! you can do it and I will make sure that you do!"

Therefore, I cannot wait to introduce you to my class of 16 gifted and talented students who will flourish this school year and accomplish more than they ever thought they would- because they will not be treated as the people they are and the unfortunate circumstances they are in but as those that I know they have the potential to become.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

in service

So, my roll at Yellowstone has officially changed.

I am no longer working as the student behavior specialist, nor am I the Operations Manager. As of Monday morning, you can call me teacher!

That's right, in service started this week for all teacher staff. I am now preparing for the 4th grade and all that it entails, and man is it a lot of stuff!

It is so great though to have such organization from the part of the administration. It makes the anxiety of it all diminish somewhat.

Hopefully some exciting things to come very soon...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

bust it out, belguim!

My sister Rachel sent this to me. What in the heck is this and why is it so great?! For whatever reason it made me cry. (HA! God's sense of humor with my emotions is astounding). I guess its been a long day; either that or I wish things like this would happen all the time. Wouldn't that just brighten your day up?

Sunday, August 09, 2009


Since living back in Houston, for the past 11 months I have been borrowing a friend's mattress that was oh so comfortable. However, that mattress is no longer here and a hard, springy 20 year old mattress is in its place- soar, achy body guaranteed.

This morning I just couldn't take it any longer and ordered a mattress off craigslist, which includes a free delivery. Man, that company is genius.

So it's goodbye back pain, hello restful nights!