The prairie called me back home, and I left the big city (DC) and my career path of international development to pursue high school English teaching. I’m back in my hometown — living, working, and planning on the prairie.
Initially, when I chose the blog name “The Prairie Planner,” I hoped to share ELA lesson plans and teaching resources as well as pay homage to my prairie roots. But, for me, my sense of a blogging purpose has shifted in the past two years since I’ve started this endeavor.
While I still enjoy planning and sharing lessons, I’ve found a deeper passion for a topic near and dear to my heart: teacher self-care. I’ve watched so many colleagues (and myself) sacrifice health as they got swallowed up in their teaching careers. I gained over 60 pounds in my 7 years as a HS English teacher (and most of that weight was gained in the first 3).
As a means to combat burnout and keep my classroom running efficiently, I realized that I responded best to a plan — so planning has become, for me, more than preparing lessons — instead, planning is an important part of my teacher self-care arsenal.
In addition to self care information, I enjoy providing useful classroom tips, personal stories, product recommendations, and more. I’ve realized that so many things in my life both at school and at home — classroom organization, meal prep, big or small purchases, etc. — come back to one common denominator: planning.
Through my blog, I hope to connect with fellow passionate educators and share my enthusiasm for all things education!