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About Me

Hey y'all!  Thanks so much for taking the time to learn a little bit more about me.  
I have been teaching for about 17 years and it is so rewarding.  I am amazed by how much the "Littles" I teach actually teach me.  Everyday in a kindergarten or first grade classroom brings new and exciting things.
I am blessed to be able to do what I truly LOVE to do. 

I have a wonderful husband who is understanding about the many hours I work on the computer.
We have three beautiful children, Britni, Taylor and Hunter and two adorable grandchildren, Madison and Mackenzie.  

I LOVE Sonic Cokes!  It is hard to get through the day without one.  

My favorite movies and quotes are:

Sweet Home Alabama
Earl:  "You can't ride two horses with one ass Sugarbean."

Forrest Gump
Mrs.  Gump:  "You have to do the best with what God gave you."

My favorite t.v. show is Long Island Medium  
My husband thinks I am all kinds of CRAZY for liking this show but I am obsessed. 
 I don't know why, but I LOVE it!

I also like The Mentalist.  Simon Baker is a cutie patootie! 

When I'm not teaching, working on a new unit or preparing for a conference I love to read.
I won't tell you what I read this summer because I will blush.  (There's your hint.  If you figured it out then that means that you have probably read it too).  I have heard that they are making a movie about this book, although, I seriously do not know how they could!  However,  if they are making a movie about this unnamed book I would choose Simon to play the lead.  For sure! ;)

I also love hanging out with my friends.  I have made some wonderful friendships through TPT and blogging.
Last October a lot of us met in Chicago for a fun girl's weekend.  
These ladies are all amazing! 

My sweet friend, Erica Bohrer brought me these One Hundred Dollar bill napkins.
I won't even tell you what she told me they were for but it makes me giggle every time I think about it!

Many of you know that I have had an amazing year.  I am really not one to brag or boast so I really hesitated about putting these videos on here. However, after giving it much thought I decided that I would be doing Him a disservice if I didn't tell you about an answer to a prayer.  A few years ago student loans were kicking in,  our oldest daughter was starting college and we knew that our middle daughter would be starting just two years later.  I knew that we were already in the red every month and I didn't know how I would continue to "juggle" the bills.  I began fervently praying every night,  "Lord, if you will show me the way, I will do the work."  I really had no idea what that meant.  Extra  teaching at our community college?  tutoring?
 A few months later my friend and coworker, Lisa told me about TPT.  I had never heard of TPT so she sent me the link and I signed up.  I slowly began adding things to my store and the first year I made $300.  and I was pretty happy with that.  Would it help with my mounting bills?  No, not really but it was a start.  I kept putting in the work that I told God I would do and some of you know the rest of the story.  He showed up and showed out in a BIG way.
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear;  I will help you.  Isaiah 14:13


Thank You for What You've Done

This is my sweet baby brother, J.R. He was born when I was twelve years old and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE him! :)

When he was only 13 years old he was injured in an accident. The accident left him a quadriplegic. He can't speak and he has no control over his muscles. He communicates with us by moving his eyes. He looks up for yes and he looks down for no. But mostly he just Smiles and he brings joy to us every minute that we are around him. For many years he has been pretty much stuck at home because of no way to get around. Medical transport will pick him up and take him back and forth to the Dr. but that's it. Until now.... because of YOU and your support of me on Teachers Pay Teachers I was able to take part of my earnings and buy a handicap accessible van.  His whole life has taken on new meaning. Now my mother can take him to the mall, to the movies, to the park, all the little places that we take for granted. All because of each and every one of you. I can't thank you enough. The smile on his face as we took him out on his first outing is priceless. Thank you so much for helping me change his life!


  1. Beautiful story and God Bless!

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  3. That is a wonderful story. Thank you for your hard work.


  4. Great story! I love the picture of your living room when you were 12. Insert hunter green shag carpet and a few macrame plant hangers and it could've been my living room when I was a kid. :)

    I hope this new year brings you and your family continued blessings. Take care.

  5. You are so wonderful Deanna and you deserve all the happiness in the world! You should be so proud of yourself... I am lucky to know you and have had your generous help xoxo thank you for everything and God bless!!!

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  7. YOu have blessed so many! Thank you for all you do!

  8. Thank you for sharing your story. You are an inspiration to me!
    I hope you have a blessed year!

  9. What a beautiful and inspiring story! I am sending you many prayers for your beautiful brother and I hope you have another wonderful year! Sue :)

  10. I have a son who has been in a wheelchair since three with Cerebral Palsy and having a van was everything. I am so thrilled for your brother! May he continue to experience such JOY!

  11. Deanna, I sent you an email a few weeks ago, but I'm thinking I had the wrong email address. I have noticed in your blog profile that you teach kindergarten and first. I work at a small private school in NH and our grades are combined as well. However, kindergarten is by itself and 1st/2nd are combined. I would love to tell my principal about a possible K/1st combination. Do you find that it works for you?
    I am inspired by you as a teacher, wife, and mother. I love my job as kindergarten teacher, however, I love first grade as well. There is a job opening at my school for the 1st/2nd next year. So I am hoping to talk with my principal about doing K/1st and putting 2nd/3rd together. I would love your input.
    I hope to be at the SDE conference in April that I believe you are speaking at.
    Take care and God bless.

  12. This is such an inspiring post. I joined tpt this summer after my baby boy had tubes put in his ears and I didn't know how I was going to pay for his medical bills. I prayed the whole summer while I was creating a unit to sell and the minute I uploaded it I prayed again, thanking God for giving me the courage and creativity to post a unit and even if I only made $5.00 that I would put it toward those doctor bills. Low and behold at the end of the quarter I made the exact amount that I needed to cover the rest of the doctor bills. I don't know how else to explain it, except that it was a God thing. Congratulations on your many accomplishments! You are an inspiration to all of us!

    First Grade with a Cherry on Top

  13. thanks for sharing the pics! love you and your dedication to your faith, family and friends. To God Be The Glory Great Things He Hath Done!

  14. Thanks so much for sharing! God always provides when you are willing to do the work. :)


  15. To God be the Glory for the things He has done! Thank you for your obedience in sharing Him with the world! "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." John 12:32

    Mother Daughter Duo

  16. I love everything you wrote! You're an inspiration to so many teachers. I love how evident God is on your life and how he is blessing you for that! You seem so sweet, generous and kind and your family is absolutely adorable. You are a BEAUTIFUL person too! I started TPT and my blog because of you. When I experienced my first "meanie", I thought, "I wonder what Deanna would say to me? I wonder how many "meanies" she has encountered?" I wanted to send you a message via facebook (we are friends) but I know how bombarded you must be with emails and people trying to contact you. I am even hesitating to write all this but I think it's so important for you to know how amazing, creative and talented you are!
    You don't know me, but I feel like I know you. When I see all the pics of the bloggers meeting up, I think, one day, I am gonna be in that group. God is so amazing and he wants us to think big right! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to this field.
    Jaimie Knudson

    P.S I LOVE your new blog design! Very cute!

  17. With God, All things are possible!
    Your story inspires me everyday!
    And who knows,
    with baby steps,
    I may find my direction too!
    Thank you for opening your heart to us!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  18. Hello there Mrs Jump,
    Our God is supernatural and has supernatural plans, so asking for something big is what he wants us too do. He has shown u this because u believed he would. I found Tpt by mistake(maybe not) four months ago and then found out about your inspiring story. Not aware of your story but knowing I have also taught same amount of time you gave me hope that this is something God wants me to do and will help me thru all of it. Many might say this but maybe when this plan was planted in my head I was homeless, living in a hired car with four of my children. I hardly have any money no family and was an incredible tough year. BUT I was strong enough to have faith and to ask for help from God and a wonderful church. Just before New Year we have now a temporary roof over our heads. The burden of stress has been removed, my kids can be kids again. I now can see the big picture and am focusing on improving everything for my God blessed children and for what is right for them. Lest we forget... I will never forget the hard times, the sacrifices, the lessons etc they make me strong and appreciative... Look forward to learning more about u and how to strive on Tpt. I am Australian but am a fellow christian. May God continue to bless us all.
    Ms Michelle Martin

  19. Deanna, I can't say how wonderful it is to see you putting your story on here. I taught a while back and ended with a horrible year personally and professionally. I took an 8 year mommy break and then started looking again in a different state. It was going to take some work and with the last experience I didn't know if I wanted to even go back to teaching-something I felt led to do from a young age. I had a talk with the man upstairs and decided it would come down to one test-but if I did pass that test He had to make a way. Well, not only did I pass with well above the needed score(after seriously bombing the practice tests), He made a position for me and I was also provided with everything I needed through retired teachers emptying their rooms, parents donating things or website wishlists being funded to the tune of $1800. It has just been amazing. He is good. Congrats on your success. I just adore the things you do and I wish I had the time to do this too! A very loyal fan,

  20. Deanna, you are blessed because you are doing it with the right perspective--for Him! Beautiful story and to Him be the glory! You have inspired me to continue in the same light and for the same purpose, prayerfully through TpT as well. I've just begun the journey and have a long way to go, but I know that with God all things are possible, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story.
    Mrs. Ross's Science Class

  21. Hi Deanna-
    I am so happy that you were able to help your brother through the successes you have had on TPT with your products! There is nothing more rewarding than helping those you love! I met you at the SDE conference this year and you gave me a lot of great tips.....I just wanted to thank you for those they have really helped! I was also wondering how I can join your Pinterest colloborative board? Thanks so much!
    Sandy Turley

  22. Deanna,
    What an amazing story - and you are an amazing woman. As usual, the SLP/AAC specialist in me kicks in - always working - and asks if you ever looked at an eye gaze communication system for your brother. I don't know where there is an AT center near you, but if you are interested I would find out for you - or hook you up with the local Tobii/ATI or PRC reps - they have the best eye gaze systems. If I was closer I'd do it myself for you, but we're 3000 mi away. Email me or message me at TPT or whatever if you want more information.

    1. Susan, I just saw your post. We are looking into the eye gaze computer now. Thanks for the heads up for the best one. God Bless

  23. I just read this now and not only have I thought you were an awesome teacher, but WOW! What an awesome person you are to do this special thing for your brother. It really shows how God has worked in you with not only your talents, but also your kindness. God bless!

  24. This is the first time I visit your blog and WOW! What a beautiful story. You are so inspiring!

    Fun for Spanish Teachers

  25. I just found your blog and I see your name all the time on TPTs front page. My story is eerily similar to yours. I'm just praying at this point for God to give the ideas to create. I'm strapped in my head for ideas I try to get inspiration from all sorts of places. I buy enough clip art to choke a horse with seed ideas of how to use it. I'm so willing to put in the work, I just want the ideas to flow. Thank you for putting your story out there. It gives me hope that there is a chance for me out there!! Thanks,,

  26. Beautiful stories, Deanna. I love that you shared your faith and gave God the glory. I too, am a woman of strong faith and truly understand reliance on our Lord. (Nothing beats that!) have just finished my first year and have been encouraged along the way many times. I pray, too, and have experienced some specific answers about my work for TPT.
    What a blessing, too, for your brother. May he continue to experience new joys through your love and care.

  27. Beautiful stories, Deanna. I love how you share your faith and give God the glory -- such praises be His! I smile when I think of your answered prayers and the path that lead to TPT. I can relate....just starting year 2 and feel very encouraged by your story.
    The story of your brother is so heartwarming. God is always doing so much more than we realize. I'm glad your brother could be blessed because of your success. May he continue to experience new joys...everyday. God bless!

  28. God brings us Blessings in all forms. Sometimes we can't see them at first. Family is such a blessing! I feel the same about mine!

  29. What an inspiring story!!! It seems that the success couldn't have happened to anyone more deserving!

    Teaching Takes the Cake Blog

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!



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