About Me

Welcome to my little area on this teaching blog! Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy and can take something back to your classroom.
I am a 28 year old wife and mom. My husband and I have the sweetest 5 year old around (in our eyes anyway!). He is the light of our lives and absolutely makes us smile and laugh every day. I've been married for six years. We have lived in South Carolina and Georgia, where we currently live.
I am a Christian. I am so excited to be making the move from a public school to a private, Christian school this year. It is so important to me to have my son around people who point him to Christ each and every day.

We have two miniature schnauzer sisters named Maggie and Molly. They are an absolute mess, but we love them so much. They've been part of our family since February 2014.
When I'm not teaching, I love to spend time with our family. Family is so important to us. All of our family lives about 4 hours away so we cherish time with them.
Since October 2014, I have been on a journey to lead a more active lifestyle. I have lost 43 pounds. I try to workout consistently (usually 5 days a week) and eat healthy.
The beach is my happy place. Nothing can soothe my soul like view of the ocean. We go to the beach at least once a year.
I grew up in the country and spent a lot of time outdoors growing up. I am re-discovering my love of the outdoors (minus all of the icky bugs!) I have recently fallen in love with hiking and visiting state parks. They have so much to offer. I want to raise my son to love the outdoors and to enjoy and respect nature.




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  2. Lana, I'm so glad that you're able to work in a Christian school where you can share your faith. I love my position as a 3rd grade public school teacher, but it can be hard to see hurting kids and families and not be able to share real hope with them. Your family and your puppy dogs sound like tremendous blessings. Nice to "meet" you. :)
    Blessings, Jan
    Laughter and Consistency

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    -Mr. Clark

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