Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Me, Myself and I-- Personal Narrative
Let me introduce myself. My name is Barbara Kay Brown. My maiden name was Barbara Kay Long. I am a white female. I am 47 years old and have been in education most of my adult life. I am a member of Shawnee Heights United Methodist Church. My spiritual life/journey is a significant and important piece to my life. I enjoy working with kids and being an instructor in the classroom! I graduated from Baker University with a Master's of Education in 2005. This school year I will get the fantastic opportunity to teach 8th grade language arts. Yesterday I worked with my 2 new department colleagues and collaborated a little with our brand new Principal and Instructional Coach. I am very excited!
My immediate family is my husband, Jeff, of 25 years. We have 2 daughters, Aley and Erin. Aley is 22 years old and Erin is 18. Both will be attending KU this fall. Aley is in her last full year at KU and will be graduating with a business degree and emphasis in human resources. Erin will start KU this fall and has already been accepted into the business school program, also at KU. Rock Chalk JayHawk!! My husband has worked about 19 years at Payless Shoe Source. He is an I.T. (information technology) manager and manages several teams at the Payless Corporate office. Both my parents are alive and live up in Hoyt, Kansas where I grew up. My parents are divorced. My sister lives there also with her husband. Both of my sister's boys, my nephews, are grown up and married and they too live in Hoyt, Kansas with their wives and children. Everyone lives there but me.
My friends are varied. I think my very best friend is my husband of 25 years. Probably the reason we have stayed married so long, is because we are good friends. I have friends that are colleagues that I currently teach and work with, and friends that I have worked with in the past. I have some childhood friends that I still keep in contact. I have friends in my neighborhood and we get together, particularly during the holidays and celebrate life in general.
The hobbies that I like are walking and running. I try to get my Fitbit to hit 10,000 steps each day and I usually make it. I also like my dogs and love to play with them, although I'm not sure that is considered a hobby. I have 2 dogs named Barney and Oscar, I also have a cat named Rosie. I have a beautiful yard that I use to love to plant and take care of everyday. I seem to not be as interested in my gardening in the yard and I'm not sure why. It feels like sometimes that it is just one more thing in my life that I'm required to do and I'm not sure I want to mess with it any more.
I hope this short narrative helped with you knowing me a little bit better. I know that when we ask students to write this, it is great to start the assignment off with an example. This is my example. I am happy with knowing what next year will move towards and also thankful for my family and for the fun career I have chosen. It is a great day to be a Shawnee Heights teacher and to get to work with the great students that attend Shawnee Heights Middle School. It promises to be a great and fun filled school year!