Going From Stressed Out Teacher To Successful Business Owner

I love to teach! It’s my passion in life. And, teaching piano? The best teaching gig I’ve ever had. This blog is all about the best teaching resources I’ve found & created that make my life, and hopefully yours as well, just a little bit easier & fun.

I earned my Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education from University of Alberta.  While working on my degree, I opted to specialize in Special Needs Education.  After a decade of experience as a teacher & administrator in private schools in both Mexico & Canada, I've taught just about every grade (1-12), plus almost every subject possible at the junior high level.  What I learnt was that it didn't matter which grade or subject I taught, what mattered were the SKILLS I taught my students.  Sure it can require trial & error to finding what works for each student, but the end result should be a student who enjoys learning & is independent.

When I'm not teaching, playing piano & researching, I can be found spending time with my family.  Movie afternoons (Star Wars anyone?), playing video games (ah, Minecraft how you have taken over our lives), & many, many .. many discussions related to comic books, video games & superheroes are some of our favourite things.  It's not always easy living with 3 guys, but our very talkative twins make life interesting for me &, my not-nearly-as-talkative, husband.  (He's learnt to be an amazing listener.)  And when this mommy needs “me" time?  Reading copious numbers of novels, going to yoga, & making vegan food are some of MY favourite things.

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Things You May Not Know About Me:

  1.  At one point, I was taking Argentinian Tango & Hip Hop classes at the same time.  LOVED tango & enjoyed every class!  The hip hop classes … well, I’m more suited to listening to hip hop.  It really wasn’t pretty.  But, I can often be found dancing, or at least shimmying, to whatever song I’m listening to.
  2.  I really enjoy making homemade preserves.  This leads to peach bellini jam, spiced blueberry spreads & as many great combos as I can find.  Trying to eat it all isn’t possible though, so the jars often become gifts which my clients really enjoy.
  3.  My favourite drink is tea.  And, because I enjoy variety there is a whole shelf at home.  30 different types is in no way too many, regardless of what my husband tells me.  (Thank goodness he supports this addiction.)  Walking into a David’s Tea store?  Mmmmm.  It’s fast become one of my happy places.
  4.  I am a voracious reader.  I typically read a novel every 2-3 days.  It is a rare thing for me to leave the house without a book.  While I’ve tried reading e-books, I’m definitely old-school & prefer a physical copy.  Oh, and putting me in a library … another of my happy places!
  5.  I get really excited about new ideas, especially in education!  Things have changed in the past decade, so it is fun to research new trends & include the ones that benefit my students.  Plus, it’s impossible to get bored with so many different activities & options out there.

I hope that my journey inspires you in your teaching!  When we, as teachers, stop learning & exploring new ideas, we become stagnant.  Going through the motions doesn’t help our career enjoyment & certainly doesn’t help us guide the next generation of musicians.  So, let’s explore together!

November 18, 2015

2 thoughts on “Going From Stressed Out Teacher To Successful Business Owner

  1. I love about pages that include personal quirks and things about us that make us unique.
    Argentinian Tango – you’re too cool! I took tap in college and enjoyed it more than I expected. I love to can and preserve too! One of my favorite preserve recipes is Amy Bronee’s Red Pepper Jelly from The Canning Kitchen cookbook. It AMAZING to eat on top of a good sharp cheddar cheese and crackers. As a matter of fact – I can relate to you on all points! I could only dream of reading a book every 2-3 days right now but I plug away as much as I can.

    1. I really enjoyed your About page as well … cute photo of you & your husband! I loved finding out you are a foodie as well & enjoy reading your recipes (even the ones I can’t eat). And, a good red pepper jelly recipe … so amazing! I sometimes add it stir fry right at the end for a quick, flavourful glaze. It’s always a big hit with the family.
      The biggest draw for Argentinian Tango was that if there is is a mistake, 80% of the time it’s the man’s fault & 20% of the time it’s the woman’s fault. But, the guy’s job is to make the girl look great, so it is still his fault that 20% of the time. Not sure how cool it makes me, but something where someone else is in charge of making me look great & I can’t get blamed for anything sounded pretty awesome. Lol
      Tap, on the other hand, I need to give you kudos. There is no hiding behind anyone there. The foot movements are really intricate & can get so fast! I am always amazed when I see a tap routine because I really don’t know if I could get my feet to move like that. That must have been so much fun, but challenging to learn!

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