31 Day Blog Challenge – Day 1

Introduction and Recent Photo

My name is Charlie Anderson, and I am a middle school teacher and book blogger.

I grew up in Elgin, home to some great BBQ! I participated in nearly every extra curricular imaginable in high school. I graduated in 2007 with several scholarships, and hopped on down to San Marcos to go to “teacher school” at Texas State University. Texas State was founded in 1899, with the name Southwest Texas State Normal School – a place for teaching and agriculture. Since then a lot has changed – the university has changed i’s name five times! – and the logo changed in the early 2000s. We became the Rising Star of Texas, and around campus it’s not unusual to hear the phrase, “It’s a great day to be a Bobcat!”

At Texas State University, I majored in language arts and social studies education for grades 4-8 and minored in English and geography. I was on the Dean’s List every semester and was inducted into three honor societies: Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. I also took a strong interest in the San Marcos Student Reading Council, a group of mainly education majors who promoted reading and literacy throughout the community with various events. I served as President of Alpha Chi and Reading Council, as Vice President of Alpha Chi and as the Historian/Web Master of Golden Key.

After college, I substitute taught in the Round Rock school district and was a day-time nanny for a sweet baby boy, son of Alex Weeden, Miranda Lambert’s lead guitarist. I was privileged to hear some stories! Since then, I’ve stuck with Daniel for two years come the first of March, and moved back to my hometown. Oh, and Daniel and I rescued our darling dog, Baby. She is part Whippet, part American Staffordshire Terrier and must have some bird dog in her. She is the fastest dog I’ve ever seen. She is sweet as can be, excited to see people, and is also a pleaser! But, she is most definitely a daddy’s girl.

As a kid I loved “playing teacher,” but I never thought of being one until my senior year of high school. The summer before my senior year, IBM offered me a paid internship to run a STEM camp for middle school girls. I did EVERYTHING – the planning, the pricing, the budgeting, getting permission slips, making transportation arrangements, the whole shebang. The camp kicked off the back-to-school attitude, and as I was preparing to go back to school myself, I realized how much I had enjoyed all the planning, putting together the daily themes, activities and lessons, and how much I loved working with the girls. I knew I wanted to teach.

I am currently certified to teach any subject for grades 4-8, with a specialty in language arts and social studies. I am also ESL certified for K-12. I plan to obtain additional bilingual and science certification in the near future, while trying to plan a wedding!

photo from the holidays

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