About

Young, disorganized, fairly tattooed former barista. Proud holder of a useless anthropology degree and a pretty full passport.
Daughter of a teacher. Granddaughter of a teacher. Never wanted to be a teacher.
Four Six years ago I took a job as a teaching assistant, and realized that elementary school kids are awesome. The rest is history.
A grad degree and several years later, I have the best job in the world.
My family and friends describe me as loud, funny, chaotic, and not someone you would expect to be a teacher.
My students describe me as loud, funny, chaotic, and not someone you would expect to be a teacher.
This is my chronicle of the hilarious, strange, exciting, endearing, overwhelming, messy world I inhabit with my small friends. They call me tattoo teacher. I call them all dude.

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21 responses to “About

  1. What a cute blog. Every single letter shows that you love what you do. I wish all teacher would be like you 😉 I bet your students will never forget you!

  2. I came across your blog tonight and I’m so happy I did! I’m 19 and currently in college to be an elementary school teacher. I love reading this. It gives me an idea of what I’m in for haha! And you sound like an awesome teacher 🙂

  3. Hello, Tattooed Teacher –

    Running a blog site with several others in Illinois, and came upon your edgy/accurate complaint re: common core, etc. from a younger active teacher. We are a loose federation of retired bloggers who promote the good work of educators vs. the business model emphasis of Chicago Charter School movements, theft of our earned pensions, and vilification of the profession we all labored and loved. May I use your blog of 11/7/13 to reach out to active, younger teachers in Illinois?

    Regardless your permission, you are indeed one of us.

    Be well, teach well.

    John Dillon

  4. Hi, I’m 25 and going to college to become an elementary school teacher and I have many big visible tattoos. I also have facial piercings (that I no longer wear) and stretched ear lobes to 5/8th of an inch. I had a very traumatic past but decided to become a teacher because I love children and have always loved learning. I of course have been nervous about my body modifications and finding a job once I graduate. Its amazing to see I’m not the only inked up woman wanting to teach.

    I’m definitely going to continue to follow your blog. Very inspiring.

  5. I’ve just found your blog and I am really loving it! I’m 20 years old and currently in college to become an elementary school teacher. Like you, I am the daughter of a teacher and I never wanted that to be what I became. But, I’ve grown to like the idea. I really enjoy your style of teaching and I hope to someday be the kind of teacher that brings my students a joy for learning. I can’t wait to see what this year brings for you! Please keep blogging and thanks for sharing your experiences!

  6. Dear tattoo teacher, I came across your blog when I searched up if teachers COULD have tattoos. I’m very glad that I did, please continue with all these marvelous things!

    –Sincerely, The 16 year old aspiring to be a second grade teacher

  7. Just found your blog, love it! I never thought I would EVER be a teacher and I have been loving it for the past 16 years! I laughed so much at what you write as you nail it! I have spent the past 15 years teaching 5-6 graders and this is my first year with 3rd graders. What a kick! They certainly bring frustrations but also pure Joy!

  8. I stumbled upon your blog, I am really glad I did. I am a Special Education(K-12)/Elementary dual endorsement major who starts student teaching next school year. I actually came from the same sort of background as you, both my parents are teachers and growing up I never wanted to teach, now I find myself loving the students I work with.

    I currently have two tattoos and want many more, I am just hesitant to get them in places that would be difficult to hide. I see that you work at a really accepting school community, I am just worried that if I were to get one that is more visible it might hinder getting hired after I graduate. Did you have any issues with that when you were looking for jobs?

    P.S. I’ve just spent a decent portion of my day off reading all of your posts and laughing out loud, thank you.

    Future Teacher, Nicole

    • Glad you found me! At the time I was interviewing for jobs and was hired, I didn’t have as many visible tattoos as I have now, and I made sure to cover the ones I did have (like wearing dark nylons over the ones on my legs and ankles. That was fun in the 90 degree heat!) Unfortunately I think it can hinder job prospects to an extent, so I’d caution against any that would be visible in typical interview gear, but I also think you can have a lot of really fun ones that won’t show if you are in dress pants and a blouse. I know some people who have full job security and still wouldn’t be comfortable having visible ones to the extent some of us do because of the environment at their school, so I know I’m very lucky! Good luck!

  9. I’m a second year teacher, and this year has been a disaster. A mess of a school has led to mental health issues for myself, as well as multiple other staff members (I know of a few…haven’t ASKED others). Included in the struggles are a lack of support. I have been told that I am calling the office too much, and that before the resource teachers started writing referrals, that the Vice Principal had assumed something was wrong with me.

    Unfortunately, this miserable climate influences the kids we work with. I have been feeling very guilty about my lack of enthusiasm. THIS BLOG makes me remember why I’m in the classroom. It made me laugh out loud! I plan on reading every single post, and I thank you for sharing your on point sense of humor! Children can be very strange and downright hilarious…even if they don’t know it, sometimes!

    • I’m so sorry it’s been a rough year. Honestly I found the second year the hardest. The first I was more forgiving of myself, and people seemed more willing to give support. The second I felt like I should know what to do, and didn’t yet. It was hard, but it got better! I hope things pick up for you, and I’m glad the blog helped!

  10. Hey! I love your blog and cannot stop laughing. We are starting a blog of our own and would love to feature you as a funny teacher to follow. Is there anything in particular you want us to say?

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