I hope that your scholars had a wonderful and relaxing a summer vacation as I did. I started off the summer attending two education workshops. They were very informative, and well worth my while.
Last summer we spent 6 weeks in Utah and Idaho visiting family and friends. We usually go to Utah or Idaho in the summers for a couple of weeks, but last year was unusual and a real pleasure. This summer, due to gasoline prices, we decided to have a "stay-cation" right here at home. Since I had so much free time to look forward to, I decided to do something that I have always yearned to do----read. That's right, just read. I spent one entire month just reading. I read 12 novels. I guess you could say that I toured the world and the centuries this summer----they were historical fiction books from many lands and many different time periods. I truly enjoyed that luxury. Sometimes I even hated stopping to fix meals.
After the reading "Rampage" I spent many hours making quilt tops and quilting---what fun. I also watched grandchildren two separate times while my son and his wife and my daughter and her husband took little "mini-retreats" without the kids. That was a joy---strenuous but such a joy.
And now we are back to work once again---the business of teaching our scholars how to think. I attended meet the teacher night. Watching the scholars and seeing the visual signs of their excitement, got me all excited and ready for school to begin. Now we are here and our job has begun----the scholars to learn and the teachers and parents to encourage and to motivate. May we all find success in our endeavors.
I'll make every effort to keep my website up this year. My goal right now is to update it at least every 6 weeks. I also must do a website for Stowe so that's a big job for me. This is something that is on my actual list of goals for the year. If you have any questions or suggestions to improve my website, please send me an email. I would appreciate your input.
May you and your scholars have a most enjoyable and enriching school year........Linda DiVall
Here's A little about me---
I grew up in the Snake River Valley in Idaho. I graduated with an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Ricks College. I obtained my bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University with a major in elementary education and a minor in mathematics. I completed my g/t certification graduate hours at Texas Women’s University. In May of 2010 I received my Master's of Education from Lamar University in Beaumont.
I taught first grade in a little country school in Idaho for 3 years. The next 15 years I occupied my time as a stay at home mom to 5 wonderful children. I returned to the teaching profession in the Keller School district teaching 3rd grade for 5 years and g/t for 5 years. I came to the Birdville School district in 2004 as an advanced academics specialist.
I grew up in Idaho, lived in Utah while going to school, and then lived up and down the California coastline while my husband served our country in the Navy. We lived in Oklahoma while he obtained his education. We moved to Texas in 1985 and have loved living here ever since. Texas is home, even though we were both raised elsewhere. I guess you could say, “We got here as fast as we could.”
I love to read and to sew, but my true passion is my love for my fifteen grand children. Only four of them live nearby, so every chance I get, I’m on the road to visit my precious little ones in Houston, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah. Our oldest son, who lives in Salt Lake City, proudly flies the Texas flag in his front yard.
Nine of my grandchildren are elementary school students, so I watch our students to vicariously view my grandchildren’s lives through our students’ lives. This is an amazing time to be alive. I hope we can all share our love of living and of learning with the special young people in our lives.