About me

Welcome to Not very fancy! I'm so glad you're here. I'm a first-grade teacher in an urban school, a mom to 3, and a wife. I like teaching, creating, cooking, reading, singing and treasure hunting*. I write mostly about ideas, books, and lessons that have been successful in my classroom. I also share some stories about parenting, personal interest, and family life when I think they might be of interest to teachers.

This blog is also a place to develop my own writing skills, so I sometimes participate in blogging challenges where posts are more personal. Some of my posts are about teaching products I've created, but self-promotion is not the point of my blog. I just like teacher talk!

I began putting some of my creations on Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook during a very professionally challenging year. I was teaching in a very restricted environment. I was carrying far more than my share of the work load. I felt like my voice was vanishing. I needed a creative outlet.

Putting some of my creations out into the marketplace set off an enormous chain reaction! I decided I needed a blog to share my creations, then I needed a business Facebook page. As a "not very fancy" teacher-blogger, I refused to hire anyone to help me, so I had to learn a lot. Let me say that again for emphasis: I had to learn a lot. I listed lots of the resources I found valuable in this process on my "Free Resources" page. It's a good thing I love learning! It's been an incredible journey. I've now ventured into Instagram and Twitter!

If you want to know more about my career and the story of my blog, check out these posts:
Teaching Chose Me
Why I Teach
What's the Story Behind the Name

*By treasure hunting, I mean going to thrift stores and garage sales, scouring the Internet for free stuff, and sifting through piles of stuff other teachers are throwing out. :)

But enough about me, what about you? What do you think of me? (Kidding!)
I'd love to get to know you! Let's get connected! Leave me a comment!


  1. Hi,

    I happened to chance upon your blog and found it very interesting!

    We have recently launched a science app that uses augmented reality to enhance classroom teaching. The app has 3D models for kindergarten to grade 12. I thought you might want to check it out and may be review it on your blog, if possible.

    It is a paid app(with a few models free) but in case you are interested in trying it out I will be happy to provide you with a free copy.

    The link to the app is:



    You can also search for the app on the app store as 'Augmenter'.

    Do let me know if you would be interested. I am really Looking forward to your response.

    happy teaching!


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