BioI am a first grade teacher at Gilbert Elementary School in Gilbert, Iowa. I love teaching 1st grade. Even though I can't imagine doing anything else I am always setting goals for myself to stretch my own learning and to then reflect upon that. There is nothing better than seeing a student's "light bulb" go off. They have that glow of, "oh my goodness I get it, it makes sense." In first grade you see a lot of that. I am not one who automatically opens up last year's lesson plans to know what to do this year. I want to make sure my lessons are CCSS connected and meaningful for all my students.