Teacher Week - 5 Fun Facts About Me!

Hey everyone!

My name is Susan Jones from Thank God it's First and I am SO excited to kick off Teacher Week 2105! We are just getting warmed up so let us know 5 fun things about YOU!


Here is a little about me!

I met my wonderful husband, Parker, 8 years ago in college when we were paired together for a public speaking presentation. We have been married for 2 years and we have one handsome son, Theo, who will be one in October! Parks started his own business, PJ's Design Laboratory, where he creates blog designs and does a lot of work with branding and creating logos for other online business! Theo spends most of his time crawling and eating and fighting naps just to drive us crazy ;)

Our story goes a little bit like this:
First comes love - oh, we were so young!

Then comes marriage:

Last, comes a Theo, in a baby carriage

To read more about Parker, Theo, and myself, I have a little family blog, Late Nights and Lattes, which I update about once a month!

That was us in February when we signed on our new home in Massachusetts! We got to move in this past April and *most* of the snow had melted, thank goodness! I was born and raised in Salem, MA and went to college at a state school only minutes away from my house. As soon as Parker and I graduated college we skipped town and moved to Las Vegas for 3 years. We L-O-V-E it there! The weather, the affordability, the restaurants, the everything. The only thing we were missing is family... which in the end, is why we packed everything up and drove back home to Massachusetts to settle down.

Wheel of Fortune!! If you've been a follower of my blog for the past few years then this isn't a new fact, but it's still fun nonetheless! Wayyy back in 2007 I was on Wheel of Fortune - Celebrity Week! My partner was Jeff Probst, the host of Survivor! I came in second place and walked away with $6100. It was the BEST experience I had in college and is such a fun story to tell. The other two celebrities on my episode were Paige Hemmis from Extreme Home Makeover and Allison Sweeney from Days of Our Lives and Biggest Loser.

A few more pics for fun:





Yep. I sure do! I wanted to teach first grade from the instant I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I had always wanted to teach the younger grades and I vividly remember my first grade teacher, Mrs. Erps, who I just loved. First grade seemed like a magical year and SO much growth happens. I knew I wanted to be a part of that special time in a child's life. I was very lucky to be hired for a first grade job in Las Vegas and it is where I have stayed for the past 5 years.

This year would've been my 6th year in first grade, but I actually decided to take a year or two off from teaching and stay home with my little man. My previous school is about one hour away from my house and had extended hours (kids were in school from 7:30-3:35), which meant I was away from about 6am - 5pm. It was an extremely hard decision, but I figured there wouldn't be a better time to take off than now! In a year or two, I will look for a job a bit closer to home... and hopefully continue teaching FIRST grade!

I went to 2 different colleges over 5 years (womp womp.. so much for transferring credits) and it wasn't until I transferred that I officially decided I wanted to become a teacher. My original career path was to be an event planner.

I let a lot of naysayers scare me away from teaching at first. I wasn't going to make enough money. There was too much stress. You have no control. The parents. The principal. Yada. Yada. Yada. I got cold feet and started my undergraduate career in a hospitality and tourism management field. I had fleeting dreams of organizing and running glamorous weddings and parties. Well, that only lasted a year or so before I realized that I didn't care what anyone thought.... I wanted to be a teacher and there was no stopping me!

So there you have it! Those are a few fun facts about me and I cannot wait to hear all about YOU! Link up your post below, write on our Facebook wall, Periscope yourself, or take a picture or two on Instagram (#teacherweek15)

Happy teacher week! :)



20 comments:

  1. You live in my favorite city!! Is your new house in Salem? Such a fun read :) Enjoy your time at home this year and thanks for the linky! Jen

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    1. Thank you so much :) and yes, my new home is in Salem - we LOVE it here!!

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  2. You had me at Theo. Oh my he is just the sweetest thing. If I'd been on Wheel of Fourtune I'd still be talking about it especially if it was with Jeff Probst!
    Love this link up so far. Can't wait for the rest of the week.
    Sheri,
    Early Years with Sheri

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    1. It was SO much fun! I can't wait for the rest of the week either!

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  3. Your family is so beautiful!! ALSO I can't believe you were on Wheel of Fortune hahaha, amazing.
    Andrea
    Maternelle avec Mme Andrea

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  4. I love first grade, too!! It's my absolute favorite! Enjoy your time at home with little man this year. Great read!

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    1. I will try to savor every second with my little guy because it will be really hard not to be in the classroom!!

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  5. Teaching is sort of like event planning right?? LOL What a beautiful family and home you have! And yay for being on Wheel of Fortune! So cool! Were you just paired with him randomly or did you get to request him?? I am going to link up this week...how fun!!

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    1. Lol, they are similar in a LOT of ways!!! Especially that whole "plan for the unexpected" aspect ;) I was randomly paired up with him out of 15 celebrities for the week. I got to see them all, but only met the 3 that were on stage with me. The only other celeb I would've preferred if I could have would've been Neil Patrick Harris who was there right after we did! Can't wait to read your posts!

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  6. Susan- you have a beautiful family! Wheel of Fortune must have been a neat experience- what a story to tell! Enjoy your time with your little guy- I did the same thing with my youngest and I wouldn't trade that time we had together for anything!!!
    Kim
    Curriculum and Crayons

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    1. Thank you so much! I am a bit anxious about the change to stay home, but I know I will treasure it!

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  7. Thank you so much for hosting this linkup, and a very happy Teacher Week to you. I love your screen grabs from your Wheel of Fortune adventure, you look like you're having so much fun!

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    1. It was a blast!! And we love hosting this linkup - definitely a favorite every year!!

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  8. Your hubby is designing my blog right now! I cannot wait!!!

    Heidi
    Droppin' Knowledge

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    1. I saw that on your instagram this morning!! How funny!! It looks great so far - almost finished!!

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  9. How fun that you got to go on the wheel of fortune!!!! I would definitely be using that as a fun fact for the next 20 years! :) Theo is ADORABLE! Thanks for sharing!!!Moore to Learn

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  10. Welcome back to New England. We're practically neighbors! I'm over the line in Connecticut. I'm sure you'll be so glad you took the time with Theo. Trying to balance teaching and babyhood is no picnic!
    Jan
    Laughter and Consistency

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  11. That picture of Theo is absolutely darling! PRECIOUS.

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  12. So cool that you were on Wheel of Fortune! I'm a little jealous! Also, I didn't realize PJ's Design Laboratory was your hubby! I've been seeing his work everywhere lately! It's great!

    Tiffany
    KTeacherTiff

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