Thursday, February 3, 2011

Meet the Teacher

First Grade Parade is having a Meet the Teacher linky party and I've decided to join the fun!

Check out the Party on Cara Carroll's blog: FIRST GRADE PARADE

My name is Amy Rider.

I am going to turn 30 (WHAT!?!!) next Saturday. : )

This is my 7th year in Education. I went to UC for my Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and to NKU for my Master’s in Literacy.

I am teaching All Day Kindergarten this year and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

Love my class, love my team, love my school!!!

This is me with two of my kindergarten friends: Emma and Makenna. They drew a very flattering picture of me on the white board today- “beautiful dress and a tiara for being a great teacher”. Love them!

My husband, Mike, and I just celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. We are kind of nuts about each other…. We met on March 22nd, 1999 and haven’t spent a day apart since! Yes, it’s true- 4336 consecutive days of seeing each other. Ummm I am not counting, I just found a nifty date calculator online. Mike is an amazing husband and dad- so lucky I found him. We spend a lot of time LAUGHING. : )

We have 2 children, Scott and Madilynn, and that we absolutely ADORE!!!!

We also have an adorable puggle named Molly. She is so sweet and lets me dress her up in ridiculous things.

Scott is in 3rd grade. He is super smart, kind, helpful, funny, and amazing at math. Scott is known for loving non-fiction, hating vegetables, spiking his hair, playing baseball, and being an amazing big brother.

Madilynn is a 3 ½ year old spunky preschooler. She is hysterical, creative, sweet, and curious. Maddy is known for loving all things PINK, hating bugs, eating olives, making people laugh, and being a dance machine.

{Q & A}

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a teacher?

A: I love teaching so much, but if I had to choose I would have to keep my two favorites: children and literature…. So I would open a quaint little children’s bookstore.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: Being with my AMAZING family- Mike, Scott, Madilynn and I are all weirdos who just LOVE spending time together. We love laughing, playing games, going on fun adventures to the zoo, park, King’s Island, etc., or having awesome dance parties that involve music from the Black Eyed Peas, James Brown, Britney Spears, and Poison, HAHA funny, but true…

I also enjoy: blogging, finding GREAT children’s literature, exercising at Boot Camp, reading professional development books, getting together with friends, trying out new recipes, playing games, cheering on the Bengals and Ohio State Buckeyes, and photography.

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: T-E-A-C-H-E-R for sure!!!

Q: What are your guilty pleasures?

A: Watching reality TV (so bad, yet so good!) and Food Network, spending ridiculous amounts of money on books, shopping at Target, pretzel M&Ms, and my mom’s Chex mix.

Q: What is your biggest fear?!

A: FLYING!!! OMG, get me down!

Q: When you’re on vacation, where do you like to go?

A: We are definitely beach bums.

Relaxing on the beach = PARADISE. Our favorite place to visit is Naples, Florida, but our trip to Disney World last summer was AMAZING too!!

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

A: BE YOURSELF. I have the MOST FUN when I am around people who appreciate all of my funny quirks.

Q: What do you value most in others?

A: Loyalty, being genuine.

Q: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass down to your kids, what would it be?

A: My positive attitude!!! If you want to be happy, be! : )

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world….living or dead…who would it be?

A: Oh my… I want to have to lunch with so many people:

My dad would be number 1…. I miss him soooooo much. I’d want him to meet Mike, Scott, and Madilynn.

#2 The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. Enough said.

#3 Ann Marie Corgill. My team is going to think I am a complete stalker for this one.

Now tell us one random thing about yourself:

I love contests!! I have won funny things like a hammock, and awesome things like a trip to Hawaii and a trip to NYC to see Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Concert. WOOHOOO!!!

Enter the contest on my blog here: BOOK GIVEAWAY

I love helping my mom with her salt and pepper shaker collection. She has over 3,000 pairs!


  1. Madilynn is a-dorable! What a great post!


  2. so I almost put that I love (trying) to win things too- I just love free stuff. I can't believe you have won trips-you must tell me ALL the details!

  3. Love your blog, you're kids are A-dorable! Happy Birthday!

  4. Hey neighbor!!! I live in southwest Ohio about an hour from King's Island!

    I am loving your blog!


  5. If you go to lunch with PW or Ann Marie, you better invite me!!

  6. Thanks for welcoming me to the blog world. I hope it treats me well :)
    I got my template from their designs.
    Your children are adorable!

    Happy blogging,

  7. How cute! You just have a beautiful lil' family and I'm glad I found your blog!

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