Hey-o! Thanks for stopping by this little corner of the internet to meet the mama behind Mama Manages.
I’m a mama of three, and some days, it feels like I’m just barely managing. I’m a certified teacher (grades K-12) who is passionate about helping moms navigate their child’s school experience.
Currently, I stay home for part of the week with my wild ones, making sub-par meals, leaving laundry in the dryer for too long, and other normal mom stuff. I play and read books with my little rugrats. I spend the rest of my week as an interventionist, working with 3rd and 4th graders on their writing.
My career in education began with a two year stint with Teach For America in Houston, where I taught 7th grade writing at the ripe age of 21. I was totally overwhelmed and unprepared for the intensity of inner-city teaching, but it sparked a love for the field of education.
Well, since my blog is called Mama Manages, I thought it was time to have a moment of authenticity. Ya know, I like to write about the things I’ve figured out how to do better, because nobody wants to read a blog about someone who’s just fretful and whiny all the time. At the same…
Meet the mama who is kinda obsessed with public education.
I have a master’s from the Stanford University School of Education in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (POLS). I’ve long been interested in the role public schools can play in helping kids rise out of poverty and pursue their dreams.
If it sounds overly idealistic, that’s because it is. The system is broken, but I firmly believe the answer is improving upon what we’ve got with grit, curiosity, and good policy.
Specifically, elementary schools (for now)…
I love teaching elementary school and working as an interventionist. I’m a big believer in flexible seating and incentives-based behavior management, particularly in struggling schools. I’ve never been afraid of a data dig, no matter how disappointing the results might be. Sometimes ya gotta suck it up, buttercup, wipe the tears from your cheeks, and dig deeper.
My favorite thing to write about is parent/teacher relationships and solving school problems as a parent. As a teacher, I have had a lot of hard but productive conversations with parents as we tried to navigate how to get their little ones back on track.
Gimme Jesus, everyday!
We are Methodists, but more importantly, we are trying to raise kids who look to Jesus. We read the Bible at home and teach grace and forgiveness. Someday, when my kids are bigger, I dream of going on Methodist mission trips with them like I did as a teenager. Those experiences shaped my whole future and identity in Christ. As a former youth minister, I believe serving others should be a major part of the teenage years in our family.
However, my oldest is currently SIX, so I’m just talkin’ that big game for now!
I’m trying to raise kids of my own who are growing in faith but never sheltered from the real world. I think public school can play an important part in us achieving that goal.