"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Check Us Out

My grade 5 class has been working really hard this month and I would like to share some of their accomplishments.  Please check out our class blog and click on the photo gallery to see the grade 5's hard at work:  http://teacherweb.com/SK/MCKnoll/MsGreensides/apt1.aspx

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Much Needed Update!

I've been promising my mother for a while now that I would update my blog ... so, here goes.  There is quite a bit to update you all on so I decided that I'm going to take it month by month.  Don't worry, I'll try not to be long winded. 

I decided this past year that I would begin looking for another teaching job so since January I had been applying for job after job after job.  Finally, in June I got an interview.  Being in the north did not make attending this interview easy but I persevered and thank God I did because I was offered the job.  Accepting this new position meant that June was going to be very busy.  I had one week to pack my belongings (it's amazing how much stuff one person can accumulate in only 2 years), pack my classroom, and clean my house.  I was so lucky to have my dad with me; he was such an amazing help and support.  After a long day of driving to Meadow Lake and back to pick up a U-Haul, my dad and I packed everything up and headed out of the north.  This was bitter sweet.  A day and a half later my dad and I arrived in Yorkton.  It only took 3 days to find an apartment, buy furniture, and move in.  By the end of the month we were heading home ... to Stratford.

It was great to be able to spend so much time with family and friends.  I knew that now that I was living somewhere in south-east SK that I wouldn't be making the trek home as often, thus, I wanted to spend as much time as humanly possible with those that I care so much for.  I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with my mom and we did a girls trip to see Josh Groban (it was amazing!).  My parents, my niece Courtney and I also went to a Jays game.  My dad and I scored some top of the line Blue Jays memorbilia (OK ... they were just blankets) ... but they kept us warm on a cool evening.  It was really special to spend some time with my niece ... something that I don't get to do very often.  My cousin, Maggie, was getting married this summer so July brought with it a chance to bond with her.  As I was honoured to be a part of her wedding party ... I was also honoured to help plan an amazing bridal shower and a memorable bachelorette.  I can honestly say that many fond "pediments" were made. 

The most memorable part of August was Maggie's wedding.  It was an incredible day.  Maggie was absolutely stunning.  Unfortunately, shortly after the wedding it was time to head back to SK.  My mom and aunt joined me on this trek and we had many wonderful conversations and bonding moments.  The bonding truly began; however, once we reached Yorkton.  Although I was mostly moved in there were a few things that I still needed to get to make my apartment complete.  I still needed a:  book case, a pantry, an entertainment unit, 2 lamps, and a CD/movie case ... the thing was ... we needed to put it together.  Generally, this is when my uncle and my dad would step in but we didn't need them.  We conquered putting all of the above together ourselves ... and yes, they are still standing today.  Sadly, despite my protests, my mother and aunt had to leave and I was left all alone to begin making a life for myself here in Yorkton.  School started the end of August and I began to get to know my fellow colleagues and students.

I love this city!  I've found a church that I like, my apartment has finally begun to feel like home, and I love my school and students.  Most of my time is spent planning but I'm beginning to venture out and see more of what Yorkton has to offer. 

To all my friends and family:  There is no longer an excuse not to come visit me.  I'm only 2 hours away from an airport and I live in a city that is very much like home.  I have an extra bedroom that is waiting for you. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Goodbye La Loche

Today I left La Loche.  Although I am incredibly excited for the adventures and experiences that lie ahead, that excitement, today at least, is marred by a bit of sadness.  I have learned so much these last two years about myself professionally and personally.  I have been challenged both inside and outside of the classroom and these challenges have definitely made me a better person.  I am truly going to miss my students and colleagues who have given me so many memories that I will cherish forever.  It may have only been a stepping stone but it was an important and significant step in my career and my life. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Moving to Yorkton

Thank you for all your prayers, positive vibes, and support ... it all paid off.  I have recently interviewed for and accepted a teaching position in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.  I will be going back to elementary school and teaching grade 5.  There is also now no excuse for any of my friends and family to not come and visit.  Yorkton is only 90 minutes from Regina (major airport) and the city reminds me a lot of Stratford.  I'm looking forward to this new challenge and cannot wait to share my experiences with all of you. 

I'll be home in a couple of weeks ... can't wait to see you all. 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Chilling Out

Update:  still searching ....

Chloe has found some interesting places to "chill" lately ... check it out!

Monday, May 2, 2011


The deadline is tomorrow ...

Please send me prayers, positive thoughts and vibes and well wishes .... I need all the positive energy I can get! 

Fingers crossed!