I’m Ashley: Teacher from 7-3, Mommy from 3-7, and Wife somewhere in between.
First Belle primarily revolves around the “TeacherMom,” (moms who are also teachers) and even more specifically those of us who are relatively new moms.
I know I am not the only woman experiencing the guilt of choosing family over classroom, and vice versa. We are a special breed, us TeacherMoms, and I feel fortunate to be a part of this exclusive sorority.
Currently, I am the general education teacher in a co-taught inclusion 5th grade classroom. I LOVE what I do! My classroom is one of my favorite places to be, and I am always striving to be a better teacher.
Additionally, I have recently added “mom” to my resume. Now I am trying to be the best Mom I can be to my daughter, Belle, while still trying to be the best teacher I can be for my students. First Belle is a place to share ideas that connect working moms and remind us that we are not alone, as well as share things that make my life as a TeacherMom easier, more efficient, and more fulfilled.
I began my teaching experience at a Title 1 school in its 2nd year of academic probation, with a new administrative team…and I was planning my wedding ( to take place 3 months into my first year). The answer to your question is, “No, I don’t know what the hell I was thinking.” I thought I could do it all and more. Spoiler alert: I cannot. I had a rough class that year, but it molded me into the teacher I am today. It took every ounce of me to make that classroom run and I am proud to say we made it through.
During my second year of teaching I got pregnant, and my third year was spent struggling to find my stride as a #TeacherMom. By the end of the year, I felt much more confident and had made some adjustments to my classroom.
My family is my top priority and I am finally at peace with that decision. Through this blog I will share what I have learned to make it all work!
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