My name is Shannon, I have a great family and amazing friends. I have been teaching four-year-old preschool at my church. I enjoy doing God’s work from the church basement where I have been a preschool teacher for the past 18 years.
My journey in teaching started when I was a teenager. My dad would buy me those architecture books with house plans and my mom would give me her old JCPenny catalogs. I would pick out a house and cut apart the catalog and design the house. But, I always put a daycare in the basement of the house. I always wanted to be an interior designer or a teacher. My love of children won out and I settled into my early childhood major at the local tech school.
Then marriage and mommyhood happened. We moved to sunny South Carolina and when my daughter was in preschool I started to substitute teach. One day in October, my now boss was waiting at my daughter’s class and asked if I could work, I did a quick check; bra, yes, teeth brushed, yes, hair, good enough. So we headed to the class and she informed me that the teacher also put in her resignation. Eighteen years later and I am still teaching, my daughter has followed in her mama’s footsteps and is now teaching at the same preschool. I am in my happy place and so blessed that this was the path God had for me.
Bring it back to Jesus
Bring it back to Jesus In my Sunday school class, at the end of each lesson, there is a Christ Connection. When I am finished reading the lesson I say to the class “Now we…” and they bring one hand to the other and say “bring it back to Jesus!” So, I will end each story by bringing it back to Jesus.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Do you know a good idea to do when reading a Bible verse like this? Take out the “you” and make it personal. “For Shannon is God’s handiwork, created in Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for Shannon to do.”
How to navigate through my website.
You will find six categories to choose from:
Love– Here you will find all of my classroom stories, lessons I have learned in the classroom, and how I keep the love and joy in teaching.
Style– Here you will find all of my preschool teacher styles. I love to paint my shoes, old shirts, or dresses to match different themes we are learning about.
Breathe– Here you will find my seasonal devotions. Teachers need to take some time for themselves, get outside and have some self-care. I found some awesome Nordic words where there is not an English translation like friluftsliv- open-air living!
Celebrate– Here you will find silly national holidays that you can celebrate in the classroom, like national stinky cheese day. I am an ambassador for National Day Calendar.
Play– I love to have fun while we learn. I am working on many learning units and I have a free preschool learning unit when you join my email list. Here I will dive into many fun ways to incorporate learning with fun.
Teach– Here you will find my fun way of teaching and how I put the Bible in children’s heads and on their hearts.
I started this blog during the 2020 quarantine. If I couldn’t be in the classroom then I wanted to write about it.
My husband and I are blessed to have an amazing son, a sweet daughter, and a new son-in-law. Our nest is newly emptied but they didn’t fly far, we can still gather for Sunday dinners or to watch a college football game together!
Me and My Girl
I love that my daughter is teaching down the hall from me. It is so nice to see that first-year teacher’s glow.