4 5 The Learning Lab: About Me

About Me

I waited for 35 years to marry the man of my dreams!  
Ben and I met in 2008, when I was 32.  I had all but given up on finding a partner who was warm, loving, funny, kind, and fun.  Not only did I finally find him, but he was tall and handsome too!  We are hoping to start a family of our own.

Here we are in Aruba on our honeymoon in 2011





Here are a few wedding picts.  I love this one: it was when our justice of the peace said, "I'd like to introduce Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Colegrove!"  Can you tell how excited I was?!?

The one below shows something EVERYONE else saw--a rainbow!  We felt so blessed.  Even after being rained off the lawn (as we had planned) we stayed dry in the beautiful tunnel and were graced by a rainbow above us as we exchanged our vows.  

Our fur-children
Viktor our cat--he has a pretty strenuous life (ha, ha!)  He's a very chatty guy, loves to snuggle, and is quite a 'mouser.'
Oscar--my first true love.  Oscar is a 5-year-old black lab.  He is the SWEETEST, most loving and loyal creature I know.  Love, love, love my Oscie!

 
This summer I fell in love again (and my husband fell hard!)  In June we picked up Mila, our sweet german shepherd.  She is now 10 months old.  She's an absolute love-bug! (and she's much bigger now!)

FAMILY and FRIENDS
This is my favorite brother in the world!  Okay, so... yes.  He's my only brother.  But if I had all the brothers in the world to choose from, he'd be my first choice.  Funniest guy I know... Dan Godbout!
Here he is with his girlfriend Rachel



My dad is my hero.  He is the hardest-working person I know--hands down.  He has been through a lot in life, yet he is ALWAYS positive and supportive of others.  You would be hard-pressed to find a picture of my dad without a smile.  He's a pretty happy guy!


My friends mean the WORLD to me.... I have a group of girlfriends I have remained close to for years. Some of us first met in preschool!  It is amazing watching everyone change and grow with families of their own!   Here we are at a summer bbq, and below we are on Lake Bomoseen in Vermont



When I moved to Manchester, Vermont I gained a whole new group of friends/family.  I LOVE my dear, sweet, and hysterically funny friends!!!

HOBBIES I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT

Soccer--I started playing when I was in 7th grade.  I played on the boys team in grades 7, 8, and 9.  We finally got a girls' team towards the end of my freshman year.  I just LOVE soccer.  I play on a women's  league each spring.

Running--I love running with my friends Katie and Sarah, as well as with my husband (although his strides at 6'5" are massive!)  Here Katie and I are after a half-marathon!

Making jewelry--I began this hobby over ten years ago.  I made beaded jewelry for a local Farmer's Market for several years, but couldn't keep up with it when I began teaching full-time.  I still like to dabble in it though.  Here are some things I made for my wedding:

Here are some things I put together for a craft show this past fall:

Crafts--I just love making things!!! Give me a glue gun, some ribbon, and birch bark... and watch out!  Here are the center pieces I made for our wedding:



My newest passion--TeachersPayTeachers
Here I am with my first TPT check this winter!  I had just gotten home from a long, wintery day at school.  This was a sunshiny moment!


My ULTIMATE passion--Teaching

I began teaching full-time eight years ago.  I have taught grades 3, 4, and 5.  Before that, I was a long-term substitute in a 2nd grade classroom, I was a para-educator in grades 1&2 multi-age, 4th, and kindergarten, and I subbed at many schools.

I did not always know I wanted to become a teacher.  It sort of found ME.  My sixth grade teacher, Iris Ferraro was my ultimate inspiration.  As an undergraduate student in college, I had the privilege of being matched back up with her for a class.  It was a true blessing in my life.  She made me feel so special and important when I was in sixth grade... and then she did it again when I was 19.  She also showed me how much I had to give to others.  As a semi-adult, I also realized how much need there was for caring teachers.  Mrs. Ferraro taught by example, and I strive every day to care about my students in the same way she cared about us.

Becoming a teacher has been the most challenging, fulfilling, and inspiring work of my life.  Here I am, sitting with two amazing colleagues.  We are smiling as we lovingly watch our little third graders perform in their holiday concert.


Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me!  I hope I can provide a connection, inspiration, or support for you, in your educational journey!
Stacey