ABOUT MS. BLOM
My name is Ms. Blom, and I teach the first grade. I grew up in Rantoul, and I went to Broadmeadow myself from kindergarten through sixth grade.
I doubled majored at the University of Illinois in Spanish and International Relations. I thought I was going to live overseas and work for a non-profit. I spent one year abroad in Spain, and taught Spanish at Rantoul High School. I loved teaching, but I wasn't sure high school was the right fit for me. I went to Eastern Illinois University, and obtained a degree in elementary education.
I did my student teaching in South Africa in a 6th grade classroom! I came back to the United States, and taught at Northview. I have taught 4th, 5th, and now first grade. I have taught in Rantoul for ten years.
I have always loved reading, and my mom would have hide books from me when I was supposed to be writing papers or studying for tests. She would reward me with books when I was finished. I love traveling, and have been all over the world. My dream is to go to the Amalfi Coast, Croatia, and Russia. I love spending time with my family, and watching my one year old daughter, Emsley, experience old things through new eyes.
The best part of teaching is the excitement when a student "gets it"! I love watching kids experience something for the first time and feel success. My philosophy of teaching has changed over the years with the experience I have gained and research I have done. I love hands on teaching and shaking things up by transforming my classroom into the learning environment I want my students to embrace. We have dressed up as doctors to perform "surgery" on CVC words, and we have pretended to be bats in a bat cave. I love researching new techniques and best practices, and seeing the engagement and pure joy come alive each day!