Friday, July 25, 2014

Florida Teacher Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Sunshine State! Enjoy yourself as you take a tour around our wonderful {and large!} state! Grab some freebies along the way, 
and be sure to enter to win our Bundles of Sunshine

**Hi everybody!  It's Andi's sister, Jill, learning how to do a Blog Hop :)**
To see how much fun Andi and Max are having
Check the IG roll over here------->>>>>> 
Starting out as a military baby, I've lived in quite a few places but most of my life has been spent here in Vero Beach, FL. Even with a few jumps in between, I managed to get my first teaching job at the school where I went to Kindergarten - 
AND Coach Jones was still there - love him!
Spent most of my high school days here at the beach.  Which is Vero's most popular draw for many now that the Dodgers left us. :(
Vero is a quiet, pretty town. Our claim to fame are Piper Aircrafts, Inc., Flight Safety, and our Polo Venues. We have a large art district- Museum of Art and several nice theatres - even our high school theatre brings in some special performances.
 Pictured above and below is what consumes my life now-a-days.  I have two teenagers who like to be outdoors.  Soccer, four-wheeling, and fishing are common for many kids around here.  Agriculture is also very big here - Indian River is known internationally for our citrus, but there are also many farms with livestock and horses galore. My daughter loves riding and working with horses.  She rides both english and western. She loves games, shows, trails, obstacles and jumping.  
We have 2 mini's at home, Simon and Belle.
 They share space with 15 chickens, 
a guinea hen, and a crazy dog.  I really want a "Have you hugged your chicken today?" 
t-shirt, but my kids will disown me! - how rude :/ 
(ps.  All my chickens have names and I do hug them, especially Shadow, Road Runner and Red)

Here are some locally grown cuties we get to see around town now and again.  
Both have foundations to help children here in Vero. 
Jake will end his tour here in October. His shows are always the talk of the town.

This weekend, we have freebies for you to enjoy! Stop by each of our blogs for an activity or idea to use in your classroom. To grab my freebie just click here!

This freebie is because I LOVE Whole Brain Teaching! Several years ago, Andi and I went to one of their day in-services, back when it was called Power Teaching - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!  We tweaked what they had a bit to fit us, but still follow their protocol.  We start our day, every day, by saying the rules.  My "helper of the day" loves to be the leader for this.  Mrs. Shipley doesn't know me, but I've followed her blog for quite a while and she is such an inspiration and great role model/ resource for implementing WBT.

The Florida teachers below have two fantastic giveaways for you! You can enter once from each one of our pages. All you have to do is follow my blog! Hop around to all the blogs listed below, and be sure to follow them to get more entries. The more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! Each pack also includes a Starbucks gift card (because, well, a teacher's gotta have a coffee!).
Come find out more about the beautiful state of Florida by 
reading about these other sweet teachers!

**If you've read this far... I also have a very special bundle fundraiser for COTA in honor of one of my students who has been listed for heart transplant**
Check that out here for your chance to help change a life - thanks xoxox


~Enjoy~ Jill


  1. I almost moved to Vero Beach when I was in 6th grade for my Dad's job. However, that never happened. I would've enjoyed the slower pace from Ft. Lauderdale! :) But I didn't know that Jake Owen was from Vero! How cool is that?!

    Creativity to the Core

  2. Those minis....they are the cuteness. I don't think I've actually been to Vero Beach, but I've driven by that way a million times. I seriously need to do a Florida tour. I'm loving seeing all the different places I've never been to. Florida is a great state!!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. How fun that you got a job at the same school you went to!! Was it weird the first few days?? I bet the students think that is so cool! I teach in Florida too :) I can't even imagine living anywhere else!

    Dirty Hands & Lesson Plans

  4. I've never visited Vero but have had some great friends move there. I'm loving all of these florida towns. I am going to take a road trip soon.

  5. I don't think I have ever been to Vero Beach either, might have driven through it though. Love all the animals. We have a flock of chickens, ten guineas, and a peacock. We had more but some animals got them...bad part of living in the country.
    Burke's Special Kids

  6. I love that you have chickens! I also love WBT! :)

  7. I really enjoyed your post! One of my teacher friends is from Vero. We have chickens and a crazy dog too! Get a "Have you hugged your chicken today?" shirt and wear it proudly!

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