My Story

Hi guys! Since we’ll be diving in to some pretty important and close-to-the-heart content here, I thought I’d fill you in on a bit about myself so we don’t seem like strangers. And I can’t wait to learn more about you and see our community of financially fit teachers grow!

I grew up in suburban Georgia, but consider myself exceedingly lucky to have been right on the edge of the suburbs. I got to play in endless woods and creeks with my best friend for my entire childhood. Going on 40 years of friendship–we’re still each other’s oldest and closest friend. That early love of the wild brought me to Montana when I was 18, where I finished my undergrad in Elementary Education and got my first teaching job in Bozeman. Along with confirming my need to have dirt under my feet on a daily basis and bringing me my first teaching job, Montana brought me my husband, David. We’ve been together since 1998 (last century!) and I couldn’t ask to share so many adventures with a more steadfast human.

Fast forward a whole bunch of years and here I am, teaching multiage first and second grade in Missoula. I love my community and my job–which has taken a LOT of conscious effort, blood, sweat and tears. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything, really. That’s not to say that I never swear into my coffee cup or never get flat-out, face-in-the-mud run over by a day at work, but on the whole I’d rather spend my working life with 6 and 7 year olds than anyone else. They’re just the best.

Buuuut…I’m more than a tad bit obsessive and pretty far down the Type-A end of the continuum. This has led to several hobbies, including organic gardening, selling fair-trade jewelry, writing children’s books (never got published), and fueling a passion for personal finance.

So, here we are. I realized that I’d really like to share what I’ve learned about making the most of our financial options with other teachers so that they don’t miss out on any opportunities. David and I missed out on quite a few because I didn’t know what I didn’t know. So I started this blog at square ONE, which was where I started. I didn’t know any of this stuff when we first started saving and investing, and I want to make sure you guys get all the answers that you might need if you’re in the same spot. And if you’re further down the road already–fantastic! I’d love to have your voice and experience as part of the conversation.

*Disclaimer: I say “I” in most of this blog, but only because I am the one that actually does all of the financial finagling in the house. David is an equal and aware partner in all of this. I don’t make any of these decisions without his input and agreement. I wouldn’t want to make it seem like I’m doing this independent of him, because I’m definitely not!

Thanks for being here!