So happy to have you here! My name is Allison and I am a Nationally Board Certified high school language arts teacher. I have two boys, String Bean (Noah) who just turned 11 and Squishy (Luke) who is eight. Their real names are very Biblical, I know, and no, I am not Amish nor super religious (not that there is anything wrong with that!) Luke was actually named because I love, love, love Star Wars. Noah was a name that reminded me of a kind-hearted kid, and being my first child, he is. Why these nicknames? Well, Noah is long, lean and there is nothing to him, even though he could take out stock in Pringles. Luke is Squishy like in Finding Nemo. He is so squeezable and huggable (and could take out stock in all food!) My husband, The Captain, is also a high school English teacher so we have many stories about teaching between us. He is also the drama director for his district, and in my marriage vows I signed up to choreograph all of his shows. Gotta dance.
About me, I was born in New Orleans, moved to Houston, St. Louis and New Jersey all before I was in middle school. Moved to Ohio my junior year of high school, graduated from Auburn University in good ol’ Alabama and moved back to Northeast Ohio where I live in a small town. It is a nice community but sometimes I get concerned that my children will not see enough diversity and culture.
With that said, I do like the little intricacies of a small town. I like it because my kids can play outside with friends and just be. I like it because I can get to the grocery store, bank and liquor store in less that two minutes. I like it sometimes just because it is comfortable.
I do miss New Orleans and the South, and thankfully I have an Ohio-born husband who loves to accompany me to visit my family living down there.