About Ms. B

There are few things worse than a blank page under the title, "About Me." It's near-impossible to fill it up without despising your own self-involved self.

But I'll try!

I've lived in Texas my whole life, but I've changed cities a few times. Since I've been a teacher, I've lived in west Texas, on the Texas-Mexico border. I taught fourth grade for eight years and then spent a year in third grade. I love teaching, and each year I learn so much that I am excited for the next. 

In about 2008 (I think) I went through the West Texas branch of the National Writing Project. This experience transformed my teaching, helped me improve some crucial parts of my instruction, and brought to the forefront how important and necessary it is for teachers to be writers, researchers, and advocates for education.

I started blogging in the fall of 2011, after being inspired by other teacher-bloggers. Sharing what we did in our classroom was a great way to write about my profession in a manner that was easily accessed by other teachers looking for ideas, and I loved it! Shortly after that, I started taking the materials I made for my own students, dressing them up, and selling them on TeachersPayTeachers. A couple months after that, I added a Teachers Notebook store

I loved teaching all subjects, but reading and writing are such foundational pieces. Not only do we learn to read and learn to write in elementary school, but we also read and write to learn. In 2012, I became a Literacy Coach on a K-5 campus. Leaving the classroom wasn't an easy decision. The position fell into my lap and I had to have faith that it was the right choice. I miss the classroom (sometimes so very much), but I think it's important for support staff to work hard to support teachers in the classroom, so I think I'm in the right place.

I'm happily married (just married in 2013) to my hunnybun, who is a photographer. Check out his photo site at Ursa Major.

We took this picture in the car as we made our getaway and it's one of my favorite pictures of our day!
I have three younger brothers, a sister-in-law, and now a beautiful niece. I'm the short one on the end. I'm used to being the short one. It doesn't mean you're not the boss!

I also have three dogs and three cats. (Eek - I'm not really sure how it happened.)
Photos below (of those who would sit still long enough to be caught) courtesy of Ursa Major.

I hope you find some helpful tools here as you browse through the blog! If you'd like to email me directly, I can be reached at cbeltranphes@yahoo.com. 

Happy Teaching!


Ali Vrbas said...

Hi Chrissy! I love your site. I'm wondering...have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, which one? Thanks!

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