I fell into teaching after my first career, full-time stay-at-home mom, was well established. I've been teaching for over 15 years now and have loved almost every year of it. I've taught in Maryland, Texas, and California. Most of my time has been spent with fifth graders, although I did do a few years of a 4-5 loop and a couple of years outside of the classroom as a Refinement Coach. I enjoyed helping my colleagues refine their teaching practices and I learned a great deal about my own practices along the way. One important thing I learned is that I'm happiest in the classroom surrounded by 10 year olds.