Another Type of Coaching

In about a month from now, I officially get a chance to continue my career in the direction of educational consultation. I will be working within the same school district and at one of the schools I was placed at this past school year. This school is a rural middle school in Central Virginia. I am excited and extremely humbled that after such a rocky first year, the amazing teachers in the building and rockstar of a principal want to work with me again this year. Aw shucks.

I will begin a new position within my school district as a Personalized Learning Coach formally at the end of July.

I will be doing many different things within this new role, not many of them are truly different than what I have been endeavoring toward throughout last year as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT), and some I am still learning. Well, I am definitely still learning all the time.  I will be aiding instructional facilitators (teachers)  in the planning & implementation of 2 mass customized learning environment pilot programs. I am no longer responsible for the technology that aids instruction, but am working to become even more a part of the instruction itself, which is very exciting! The ability to begin this transition throughout June in aiding facilitators to develop curriculum for the upcoming school year has been a true blessing. The vision to transition education out of the industrial model of “sit and get” knowledge needs to change and I am proud to be a part of that change. It is going to be another year of growing and changing to fit the needs of my school and my district.

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Many More Travels to Come!

I have traveling on the brain!

I got my passport book on Wednesday! This is a huge step for Team ShulLoudon here in little ol’ Lynchburg, Virginia. I can hardly wait to receive my ID card and all my documentation back. Now, THIS TIME, if I lose my driver’s license, I have this wonderful form on identification. Knocking on wood here…

Some places that I would really like to frequent are

Gilli Lankanfushi Island, Maldives

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Syndney, Australia

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Positano, Italy

Positano, Italy

Clinque Terre, Italy

Clinque Terre, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora

Paris, France

Paris

Provence, France

Provence, France

Monaco, Nice, and Cannes, France

Monaco, France

 

I’ve got to satisfy this case of wanderlust somehow. For now, pictures will suffice. sigh.

 

 

 

Nags Head Island: Our Trip to OBX

We made a trip to the Outer Banks, North Carolina last week for our 2016 summer vacation.

I know, I am behind on my posts!

We stayed for 6 nights at the Hilton Garden Inn at Kitty Hawk right next to the pier. We had absolutely beautiful weather and really had a chance to enjoy our time together. We basically ate and went to the beach every day. It was glorious.

 

Looking for some grub. I am pretty sure this afternoon we ended up at the Rundown Cafe.

 

 

Hurry up, we’ve got to get there before the sun sets!

For everyone who knows Doug, you know a picture with this chops needs no caption (pun entirely intended). Just going to leave this here…

Whitecaps and the Kitty Hawk Pier. We saw a sea turtle off the pier on Sunday afternoon.

Our last dinner was at I got your Crabs Oyster and Shellfish Bar & Market. We ate our weight in raw oysters. I’ll take mine with lots of horseradish and lemon!

 

We would really like to rent a house on the beach next summer and invite our parents to meet and combine our vacation with some meeting time with Katrina, Stan & Tim & Jules. We are hoping to make this happen and finally get our families together to meet before we get married. This is important to the both of us. Here are some of our favorite restaurants that we had the fortune of visiting while we were staying:

 

 

 

We Are Engaged!

Shull, what jewelry are you wearing tonight?

Doug popped the question 5 days ago! We are so excited to start a new(ish) chapter together. We have already been hearing the What-are-you-doings and the When’s-the-dates! It is slightly incredible. I have established that I don’t really want a traditional wedding, or maybe not even one at all, and he does not either.

He hates that I wanted to put it on Facebook/other social media sites; but I was just so excited to shout from the rooftops that I am officially HIS. We will have been a couple for 3 years coming up on June 15th.

I want to spend the rest of my life with you.

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He proposed in my bedroom that I lived in growing up until high school when we went to Ohio for a brief jaunt on Wednesday, June 1st immediately prior to going to The Avenue Steak Tavern in Grandview. I highly recommend the steaks by the way. We wanted to drop Pistol Pete off so that he is not stressed out and left at home during our summer travels. He asked me which piece of jewelry I was going to wear while I was picking it out of my Chloe + Isabel travel case and the next thing I know he is on his knee and opening the Bowen box with the ring inside. It was perfect and intimate and a moment that is only ours. And I will cherish it forever.

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We are so excited! Doug ALMOST smiled with teeth!

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At Pigskin Brewery revealing our surprise to some friends. 

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Mom and Dad at The Avenue

Wednesday’s dinner (pictured above) was followed by a cookout on Thursday accompanied by some relatives and Friday was spent out at the Pigskin Brewery and Local Cantina in Gahanna. We finished the whirlwind of a trip with a spin class with Dennis on Saturday and powered back home. Exhausted still!

I am happy to be home in Virginia for a few days, and a first meeting with my principal at Staunton River Middle School about my upcoming professional adventures (more about that later!) Next up: a vacation at Nags Head, North Carolina.