A Look Inside My Teaching Portfolio

Hello! Today I wanted to share what I keep inside my teaching portfolio that I take with me to interviews. Just to share a little bit of background about me: after I graduated, I taught Head Start preschool for 3 years. Just last year I started my current {dream} job in Kindergarten. I love my current job, but it was a bit of a process to get there with a handful of interviews along the way.

Why have a teaching portfolio?

Over the past couple of years, I had some interviews and meet and greets in different local districts. The majority of interviewers did not ask to see my portfolio, but I was able to refer to it when answering specific interview questions. When creating your portfolio, think about what questions you may be asked in an interview and how you could use a portfolio to support your answer. For example, if you are asked how you communicate with parents, you could refer to your portfolio and show them the newsletter you send home and other documentation you use to communicate with parents. 

If you are interviewing for your first teaching job, use items that you created in your internship.

Want to create the perfect teaching portfolio? Use these methods and ideas to stand out! These have helped me land my DREAM elementary teaching job! #teaching #interview #education #elementary #school #raisingdawson

I choose to only have 5 sections to my portfolio

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8 Things I Learned About Money From Dave Ramsey

Sick of living paycheck to paycheck? "8 things i learned about money from Dave Ramsey" dives into powerful easy steps to help YOU break the cycle! Change your family tree and take a hold of your financial peace! #DaveRamsey #money #debtfree #financialpeace

My husband and I started our debt-free journey about 2 years ago right after we had our son. We have the goal of paying off all of our debt and setting up a better future for our family.  We were able to take Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace through our church. These are 8 things we learned about money by taking the course.

  1. Save a $1000 emergency fund. Unexpected expenses will come up, do you have cash to cover the next emergency that pops up?
  2. Create and follow a budget. Check out my post on how to create a budget. 
  3. Pay off debt using the snowball method. List out your debts and start paying extra on the smallest debt, while only paying the minimum on the others. The goal is that you will pay off those smaller debts fast, then you can “snowball” the extra money to go towards the next smallest debt. By the time you get to your larger debts, you should have a nice sized snowball to knock those loans out.
  4. Live within your means and forget “keeping up with the Joneses.” The Joneses are the neighbors who have the nicest lawn and the newest cars and gadgets. The truth is, they are also broke. Keeping up with the Joneses will not fulfill you and will only cause setbacks with your debt-free journey.
  5. Have slush funds for the things you are saving for. A slush fund is a separate savings account for specific things. For example, we have a slush fund for the car insurance we pay every six months. Each month, I set $120 in our slush fund so that when our car insurance is due, we will have enough to pay it in full.
  6. After all debt (except mortgage) is paid, build a 3-6 month emergency fund. This would be your “fully funded” emergency fund to cover large unexpected expenses or to cover job loss.
  7. Contribute 15% of your pay to retirement once debt is paid off.  Dave recommends temporarily stopping contributions to you retirement while you are paying off debt to focus all extra income to pay off debt quicker. The thought is that the quicker you can pay debt off, the sooner you can start contributing more to your retirement.
  8. Have a budget meeting each month. If you are married your budget meeting should be with your spouse to list out all of the income and expenses for the month. Think about any extra expenses you will need to cover such as birthdays, school functions, etc. “Give each dollar a name” so you know exactly where your money is going.
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10 Tips for Young, Married Couples

Thinking about getting married at a young age? Follow these tips to jumpstart your marriage successfully. #ChristianValues #tips #youngandmarried

My husband and I got married when we were just 19 years old. Over the years, especially in the first couple of years of marriage, we received a lot of advice. Some advice was good, some not so good. These are the tips we have found work really well for our marriage, but of course you need to figure out what works well for yours!

1. Communicate

One of my favorite things to do is just sit and talk with my husband. It can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of day to day life and not really talk to your spouse. Ask them about how their day went and take interest in the things going on in their life. Communication is so important with tough conversations too. If something is bothering you, don’t let it bottle up, but talk to your partner about it.

2.  Put each other first.

Your spouse should even come before your children. Your kids are only at home for a season and when they move out, your spouse will be the one there. Putting your spouse first doesn’t diminish the love you have for your children,

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How to Create a Budget

Want to take control of your finances? Ditch those credit cards and learn how to create a budget following Dave Ramsey. Follow these steps to create a zero based budget and give every dollar a name. Stop living paycheck to paycheck and take control of your finances! #financialpeace #debtfree #DaveRamsey #budget

We have been following Dave Ramsey for about a year and a half to budget and pay off debt. We made the decision right after we had our first baby to pay off all of our consumer debt to set up a better future for our family. We hope to be able to  eventually buy a home that is a little bit bigger than our current home and take our family on a vacation. Being debt free will hopefully also allow us to adopt a child, which is a dream of ours, but unfortunately so expensive.

The first piece of beginning a debt-free journey is to create a budget and stick to it- which is the hardest part in my opinion. Even if you aren’t following a plan to become debt-free, following a budget is beneficial to be in control of your money and to know where your money is going.

1. List all of the income you expect for the entire month.

  • Add all of your income together to have an income total for the month. If you have an irregular monthly income, estimate how much you make per month and you should set up a budget using your lowest monthly income estimate. Have a plan for any extra income you may make within the month (ex: put any extra in savings, or apply extra to a loan.)
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How to Prepare for Unexpected Expenses

It isn't a matter of if unexpected expenses will happen, but more of a matter of when. Cars need repair, appliances break, unexpected doctor or vet visits etc. This is how we prepare for an unexpected expense following Dave Ramsey. #Daveramsey #emergencyfund #budget #debtfree #money #financialpeace

I recently read an article that stated that 78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. 78%!

That means 78% of people couldn’t make ends meet for more than a few weeks if they lost their job. That’s eye opening to me. My husband and I have been following Dave Ramsey’s baby steps for a little over a year. If you are unfamiliar with Dave Ramsey, he teaches people how to create a budget, pay off debt and build wealth. This can be achieved by following his baby steps. Baby step 1 is to save $1000 for an emergency fund, which is so important to help prepare for unexpected expenses.

Dave talks about the law of Murphy: that is if something can go wrong, it will. It is not intended to be negative, but it is just a fact that is better to be prepared for. Cars need repair, appliances break, unexpected emergency room visits etc. One way we prepare for an unexpected expense is to have an emergency fund.

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