1. Well, I'd say the most important thing in my life is my beautiful daughter. She's just about to enter her 3rd year of college in nearby Boston. (I'm so glad she's close!) This picture is going on my desk in my classroom. Her birthday present to me was a trip to see the Red Sox! Isn't she gorgeous?
2. Also important in my life is my "gentleman friend". (At my age, I just don't say "boyfriend" anymore! Interestingly enough, we've known each other since we were on the same carpool in Kindergarten. We did go about 35 years without any contact, then "re-met" a few years ago. He keeps me laughing and feeling good about myself. Plus, he's planning to help me in my classroom later today! What could be better than that?
3. I've been a teacher FOREVER! This is my 36th year teaching. It's my 29th year in my present school. I've taught everything from preschool through 8th grade, except I've never taught 4th grade. (I don't know why!) I've settled into second grade for several years now, and couldn't be happier!
4. I'm totally fascinated by the brain. Did you ever have car trouble, then once they fixed it, you became an expert at that part of the car? I started learning more about the brain when I had a stroke 3 years ago. It's an amazing organ, and I love learning about how the brain helps us learn. I follow several neuroscientists' literature, and love reading about recent research about the brain. I have a "brain research"Pinterest board HERE if you're interested!
4. I have a master's degree in Creative Arts in Learning, and I'm always looking for ways to integrate the arts into my classroom. (It is VERY MUCH connected to brain based learning!) I'm passionate about music, and include it with almost everything in my classroom. (See Integrating the Arts Pinterest board HERE.)
5. Speaking of music, I'm a big fan of Musical Theatre! I've performed in hundreds of community and regional performances, and I absolutely love to watch them, too. If you are a fan of musical theatre, you'll recognize this Youtube video! (Neil Patrick Harris from the opening number of the 2013 Tony Awards!) I could watch this over and over, he's so amazing! Musical theatre at it's best!
6. I also have a couple of videos on Youtube of my own performance. Just google "Sally DeCost" and you'll find me in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. I played Lucy, and had a blast!
7. I took my first trip to Las Vegas this year, and had an awesome time! See if you can find me in my signature red and white dress! (See THIS POST and THIS POST for more about that trip!)
8. I am lucky enough to stay in touch with several college friends even after almost 35 years being out! (Don't do the math!) We had a get together this weekend! Awesome people, awesome place, awesome food, awesome conversation! These are the people that I can go for years without seeing, and pick up the conversation when we get together like we'd just seen each other. I am blessed to have friends like this!
9. I have great family - full of teachers! This is my brother, who just got tenured at the University of Colorado. accepting his second Emmy award for producing a documentary. (His first was for sound editing.) He's also a blogger! (See HERE.) He doesn't blog about teaching like I do, he blogs about movies. I also have a sister who taught Health and Nutrition at the high school level for years. She recently retired, and is now enjoying her passion for farming! My parents were both teachers. My dad was a football coach for years, and was a huge influence in my life. My mother (who passed away when I was in college) was a fifth grade teacher for most of her life. My stepmother (who passed away last month) taught everything from first grade through college. Her sister taught Home Economics, then Special Education. Even my niece has a background in child care, and my daughter has taught choreography to kids in plays! I could keep going! There is a strong line of teachers, and also many in my family with music in their background as well!
|My Emmy winning brother|
|Myself and my sister|
|My football coach dad. I think this was in the early 70s.|
My niece and my daughter. They are about 18 years apart and about 12 inches apart, but they are both amazing!