I survived DEVOLSON – barely.

Sunday, December 23. I don’t even officially count this as break yet – because it still feels like a normal weekend. Tomorrow when my alarm DOESN’T go off… THAT will be break.

Teachers that blog during DEVOLSON… who are you?  What are you? My son and I just watched Lilo and Stitch for the first time and I’m pretty sure if you are blogging during DEVOLSON you are an alien created by an evil genius alien in another galaxy. Just sayin.


I have a list of things to blog about – maybe I’ll drop them like a surprise Beyonce album again (hey – she did it more than once too…right? Is my pop culture reference correct? I’m I too old for this ????)

Alright y’all. Check ya later.

A return to authenticity – “beginner’s mind”

When I started this blog my goal was to use it as a space to explore both my personal and professional growth. When people who don’t get it say “try to separate the personal from professional” I’m like nah… that ain’t me. They’re the SAME. This is WHO I AM.  That’s why “Authentic Señora” seemed to be a fitting title. It was learning about #authres and more real, personalized teaching, and if I had $1.00 for every time I heard and read the word “authenticity” or “authentic” in my counseling MA program, well… I wouldn’t have student loan debt. Continue reading

Droppin’ blog posts like a surprise Beyoncé album

I’ve had lots of ideas for blog posts in my brain. I thought I’d come and write one called “Summer, Teacher BFFs, and Curriculum Camp… and who am I?” But it became clear that this one post would be like 5,000 words, so I decided to break it up and drop them all like a surprise new Beyoncé album – all at once. So:



#FrauandSkinner Curriculum Camp

Now that you know all about me and my teaching history and all about my BFF Frau and her teaching situation… I feel ready to discuss our Curriculum Camp at my house this May/June.

Frau and I have been teaching for several years in various schools and departments. We were both educated at U of Illinois. We started attending professional conferences together while teaching. After several years of self-doubt and budding self-confidence (We strongly believe that it is vital for human beings to be able to hold contrasting thoughts in their minds and hearts at one time) we asked ourselves… Continue reading

My Teacher BFF

I’m going to start this out with a truth I hold to be self-evident: one cannot make it in this field without a teacher BFF. Some of us have families (of origin or of our own) to support us; some don’t. Some of us have “regular” friends; some don’t. Some of us have spiritual communities; some don’t. Some of us have a dog to snuggle with; some don’t. Some have a life partner; some don’t. Y’all I mean it – a Teacher BFF is er’thang. Let me introduce you to mine – Frau Lauren Arkin.

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Piratas Capítulo Diez, 4-1-1, y más (claro)

Ugh. April blues. Is that a thing? Or do I just have the regular blues? The end of the year is in sight. I’m putting in POs for materials for next year. I’m ready to wrap up, enjoy summer, and start fresh. I want to do landscaping at home and play with my kid… But wait… TWO MORE MONTHS OF SCHOOL!! It’s the season of SAT tests, Jostens meetings, assemblies, etc. In a school where my class sizes are already between 2 and 11 kids… missing a couple means HUGE changes. Continue reading

Piratas del caribe y el mapa secreto – Capítulo 9 and other musings.

This is the third year I’ve taught Mira Canion and Carol Caab’s Piratas del Caribe y el mapa secreto in my Spanish 1 class. The first year I did it, it was required/strongly suggested from the district office. I was just a baby first year teacher who had never heard of TPRS and none of the other teachers in my building were buying in. I tried my best to “do what I was told” but it was challenging when surrounded by other naysayers and not being a believer myself. I bumbled through it and did my best (and then quit teaching for a year… that’s for another story.) Continue reading

That one time I started a blog

Remember that time I thought I’d start a blog? HAHAHAHAHA.

It’s been 10 months since my first and only post. That’s pretty cool of me. I don’t know how people do it – all those Spanish teacher bloggers out there who are moms, wives, friends, teachers, sponsors, take trips, famous conference presenters… DO YOU ALL HAVE THE HERMIONE TIME TURNER OR WHAT?!  LET ME IN ON YOUR MAGIC! Continue reading