I’m Katie, an early childhood educator in Vincennes, Indiana!
I am the mother of an 8-year-old boy who loves reading as much as he loves Fortnite, and I’m married to a tall, handsome, comic book nerd named Clint. Our little family (plus our two dogs and army of cats) live out in the country where we like to go on walks, search for 4-leaf clovers, and drink out of the garden hose. :)
Transition from Classroom to Home
In the spring of 2019, I became partially blind and was no longer able to drive to work. As devastating as this was, it gave me the opportunity to teach little ones at my home. With my background in Early Childhood Education, this was the perfect–although unplanned–move for me. I teach preschool at home now, with a focus on nature and play-based learning activities.
Why “Every Little Adventure”?
“Because when they’re little, everything is an adventure.” When my son was younger, when we would go out for walks to explore around the farm, I’d say, “Let’s go on an adventure!” I love the imaginations of young children, and I know that it doesn’t take much to fascinate their young minds. I’m inspired by the nature surrounding me and apply that to my teachings style.
Teaching with a hronic Illness
I have IIH (Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension) which means there’s too much CSF pressure on my brain; so much that it mimics a tumor. I had brain surgery in April 2019 to have a shunt put in to save myself from going completely blind. This gave me some relief, but I still have some days where it’s extremely hard to get up and be my cheery teacher-y self! I’m mentioning this here because I want to write more about this on the blog in the future. The day-to-day life of a person with a chronic illness can be so isolating, and I want fellow sufferers to know you’re not alone!
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