I teach 1st grade at a fabulous school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is my 9th year at my school and my 18th year teaching. Prior to teaching in Albuquerque, I worked in a variety of educational settings in California and Washington. I took several years off to stay at home with our two boys, John and Mark. During that time, I wrote curriculum and learned a lot about early childhood. When I was ready to go back to work in the classroom, I knew I wanted to focus on early childhood education.