Wow. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be the newest member of Team TpT. It’s only been about two weeks, and I’ve already learned so much (thanks to awesome individuals like Amy and Nicole who are doing an amazing job of showing me the ropes. I definitely owe these ladies dinner.)

In my role as Senior Editor, I’ve jumped right into helping with the newsletters, which is great, because it’s familiarized me with many resources and Teacher-Authors. One thing’s apparent from the start: TpT Teacher-Authors are a talented and dedicated group of individuals! What you’re helping to make happen for students around the country and across the globe is truly remarkable.

My hubby and me
My hubby and me

Over the coming weeks, I’m looking forward to diving into newsletters, blog posts, and many other exciting projects. I’ll continue to collaborate closely with Amy, which comes easy (not only because Amy is A-number-1) but because she and I worked together on an Editorial team at a previous job. Reunited and it feels so good!

A Little About Me
A while back, I got bit by the travel bug — over the years, it’s taken me to countless countries throughout Europe including England, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. And about 18 months ago, my husband Dan and I took off way across the globe to Australia!

This was one of our most unbelievable adventures to date. We headed west along the Great Ocean Road, a roadway that’s featured in the ever-popular guide 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. And it’s no wonder. Around every bend was a sight more splendid than the one before. Rainforests, beaches, mountains, cliffs. We were truly rendered speechless. And then there was the incredible wildlife.

Jodi - New Senior Editor
Koala-spotting in Australia. I was more than a little excited.

Koalas, cockatoos, kangaroos, oh my! In fairness, the kangaroos (and emus, too!) didn’t come until a couple days later when we found ourselves in the Grampians National Park… but I couldn’t miss out on the chance to do a little Australian animal alliteration (I’m an English major, after all). I could go on and on about the trip (and my affinity for travel), but I think it’s time for a new topic.

Giving Back
While in college, I spent many hours volunteering at a local elementary school. It was so rewarding to be of help to the students and teachers, and I really loved being in the classroom. I was also active in a special outreach program called Homework Club that allowed kids to complete their take-home assignments in a safe, nurturing, after-school environment. Volunteering has always been extremely important in my life.

Jodi - New Senior Editor
Striking a (yoga) pose
Jodi - New Senior Editor
Girl. Horse. Mountains.

Getting Fit
To me, there’s nearly nothing more liberating than breaking a sweat. My preferred paths to perspiration? Biking, jogging, and especially hiking. Speaking of hiking, my good friend and I traveled to the Canadian Rockies this past summer. By day, we kayaked, hiked, and rode horses along trails. By night, we dined amongst a mountainous backdrop and stared at the starry sky.  This area’s often been referred to as God’s country; I can’t imagine a more perfect description.

Right Where I Want to Be
It’s been two weeks of intense ramp-up since I arrived. And slowly but surely, everything’s beginning to click. As TpT Senior Editor, I will continue to give my all to TpT, and to each and every one of you.

It’s an honor to be part of a company that’s dedicated to empowering teachers and enriching the education of our children. All the ways in which you — the teachers — make a difference in and out of the classroom are nothing short of awe-inspiring.  My goal is to help you do that even more.

Part of me wants to stand up and shout, “Why’d it take me so long to get here?!”  But I guess what matters is that I’m here now. And boy, am I grateful for that.

Can’t wait to work together,