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Who Am I?
“Life is contagious. ~ Reach out and pass it on.” – Pamela
Hi there. My name is Pamela Hall. My husband calls me beautiful, sweetie, or Pam, and my kids call me mom. I also answer to Mrs. Hall, frequently, since I’m a teacher.
- USA TODAY awarded me All-USA Teacher Team member, a national award and recognition program for outstanding K-12 teachers,(http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/education/2004-10-12-teacher-main_x.htm)
- I received The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching which is ironic since one of my gifts is teaching reading & writing. “(PAEMST) are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science).” – https://www.paemst.org/
- National Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award
- I’ve also been honored with receiving district teaching awards. (Truly, these awards are a reflection of the fabulously talented colleagues that I’ve been fortunate enough to work with. I’m a reflection of them. Thus, my success is their success.)
- Throughout the years, I’ve been instrumental in leading other teachers in teaching literacy. In fact, I still help others teach reading and writing.
- I’ve been teaching for 25+ years.
- I’ve taught hundreds and hundreds of children and young adults to read and write.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats
When I left full-time public school teaching to home educate, I was fortunate enough to speak for HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association). Check this out: https://www.hslda.org/docs/hshb/60/hshb6031.asp (This is day 1 of a 5 day broadcast.) At the time, my oldest son was 8 years old. Now, happily, he is a home school, high school graduate going onto college. (I still can’t believe that I didn’t “ruin” him, because some days it sure felt like it.)
Out of necessity, I founded TEAM Home School, a home school support group, and I co-founded G.H.W. (God’s Homeschool Warriors), a cooperative.
After my boys graduated, I went back into the classroom. I taught first grade and absolutely loved it. Currently, I’m teaching STEM. What an absolute joy to incorporate literacy into STEM lessons. It’s fun and helps students get hooked on reading and writing.
When I’m not teaching or spending time with my family, I can be found sipping cappuccino, savoring chocolate, and taking in God’s beauty in my flower gardens. I love God, my family, my community, my country, and my church. I have a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of children.
I grew up in a small town. (I wasn’t always thankful for that, but I am now.) I’ve lived in a city duplex; snobby, suburban neighborhood; and now, a rural, hobby farm. (Yep, I traded my high heels for rubber boots.) On this hobby farm, I live with my husband, 2 brilliant boys, 2 dogs, 2 cats, several flocks of chicken, a bazillion bees, and whatever creatures my husband decides to raise. In between the duplex and suburban neighborhood years, my family lived in Germany for 14 ½ years. I loved our European lifestyle. Because of all these rich experiences, I feel I have much to share. Stay tuned, because I’ll share posts about some of these experiences all tied to reading and writing. To go there now, click here.
Why did I create Literate For Life?
Literate For Life has a double meaning- two faces, but definitely not two-faced. 🙂 It was created to be open, honest, and helpful.
- Literate For Life (Literate meaning able to read & write). This blog will help you gain information and ideas to help children, teens, and adults expand literacy skills that last a lifetime. Reading, writing, and communicating are life skills. I want to share what I’ve done to help hundreds and hundreds read and write better. Now, they’re literate for life.
- Literate For Life (Literate meaning well educated). I love my life! (Flaws and all) I use literacy to learn (become well educated) about what I want to do such as creating this blog. Prior to this blog, I had no blog experience. I had to read to become blog literate. (Well, the jury is still out on that, but I’m making a noble effort.) So, I’ll share tips, stories, and nuances from my life on subjects that will help you be more literate for your life. (financial literacy, farming literacy, family literacy, etc.)
Who is this blog for?
- For YOU.
- For anyone seeking answers, tips, and fun ways to teach reading and writing.
- This is for teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone that wants to help another improve at reading and writing.
- Please ask your questions about how to teach reading and writing better. Please ask your specifics such as “How do I motivate my child to read?” (I’ve heard this a lot, AND I have some answers. So, watch future posts to find answers.)
- Each week, I will post some type of tip related to literacy.
On this blog, you can ask questions in the comment section or contact me here. I will answer. (Promise. Even if I don’t know the answer, I will strive to steer you in the right direction.) If I get multiple questions on the same topic, I will turn it into a blog post. Come with me on this journey called LIFE as I share living it fully with literacy. Follow me.Let’s make a positive difference in people’s lives ~ one word at a time.