The Summer Project

Ahhh… the days of no mandatory reading, writing, and studying have finally arrived. I now have time to read, write, and study when I want and what I want. Well, kind of. But that is a different topic for a different day.

This summer I am switching my blog Reading, Writing & Coffee on WordPress to Read. Write. Sparkle. Coffee on Blogger! I have become overally thrilled with all things google (well except Google+) and would like to include this change in my digital toolbox. To be honest, I also miss Blogger.


So, this is my last post here at Reading, Writing & Coffee. It is a place I will always remember. It was here I made the decision to become a middle school English Language Arts teacher!

As I sort through each post written on these webpages, I will be creating an Alphabeticaly Table of Contents to remain on this blog. As I remove articles from WordPress, links will become outdated and no longer available on the World Wide Web. As a reader comes to a cannot be found link, they will be redirected to the Table of Contents to find this post at Read. Write. Sparkle. Coffee.

This is a grand project; however, I look forward to reflecting on my experiences that I have had over the last few years on WordPress.

Read. Write. Sparkle. Coffee. is live during construction. As I transfer articles over, I plan on sharing new material as well. I currently have an idea brewing as I write this one! (The one that discusses not reading, writing, and studying everything that I want this summer). Please join me at You can also stay connected with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


Jeanie Cullip Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Jeanie Cullip of Twin Falls, Idaho, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Cullip was initiated at Idaho State University.

Cullip is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

More About Phi Kappa Phi

Since its founding, 1.5 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization’s notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, $1.4 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information, visit

What I Wore Last Week: Red Edition

The color of the week was red! Monday and Tuesday I wore Red for Public Education & Friday was Wear Red for Women’s Heart Health awareness. 

I started completing a style challenge this month on Instagram. This gives me assistance with what to wear each day! A topic is given and we can put our own personal spin on it. February 1st was Black Beauty and the 3rd was Jeans & Jewlery ( I did not participate on the 2nd, I took a personal day).

How to wear an 18 inch necklace 

Wearing my Just Jewelry, Stay Connected Necklace and Criss Cross Earrings today!

I learned a little about this 18 inch necklace and what clothing should be worn with this length .. Called the Princess, this is the most popular necklace. This necklace is intended to sit at or right below the collarbone, made to be a very versatile length. This necklace is best worn with tops and dresses with a v-neck, scoop, or button up (as shown in picture) styles. 

Fear Not!

Happy, Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you all had a fabulous time with your friends and family today. I slept in, had my coffee in bed before getting on with our celebration. First, we headed to the theater for the showing of SING! It was an incredible movie, I highly recommend it. Then, we came home and fixed dinner. Nothing special really, just some Tacos for the three of of us. Tho my husband would say differently, as it is one of his most favorite meals. Tomorrow is our big dinner with homemade Pierogies; my childhood family Christmas tradition. Once we finished eating we headed out again for Christmas Eve service at a church we have been newly visiting. It was a nice time of worship and hearing the greatest story of all times. 

Wearing my Just Jewelry, Pearl Power Necklace!

Back at home, after the service we made some hot beverages and sat down to watch Charlie Brown’s  Christmas. Another one of our family’s Christmas traditions. It is one of my favorite Christmas stories, mostly for the character Linus. I know the movie is all about making sure Charlie Brown understands the meaning of Christmas, outside of the commercialism that he is surrounded by. But it is Linus and the unsaid story that reminds me what Christmas brings us. Charlie Brown learns that Jesus is the reason for the season; yet it is Linus that shows us what this means. 

Throughout the show, similar to all Charlie Brown episodes, Linus carries his security blanket around wherever he goes. A lot of emphasis is placed in this characters need of protection and comfort from this object; teased by his peers, states that he will continue to bring it with him as an adult by turning into a sport jacket, and uses it as his costume in the Christmas school play. 

Near the end of the show, Charlie Brown questions in frustration the true meaning of Christmas. Linus in response takes center stage with the following message,

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’

While he answers Charlie Brown’s question in what Christmas is all about with what he is saying, he shows us with his actions what this story means. Why is the meaning of Christmas important? Why do we celebrate the birth of Jesus every year? Because it is the reminder that we are no longer alone, we no longer have a reason to be in fear. IN FACT! While Linus says the words “Fear not” he purposely drops his security blanket and leaves it on the floor during the remainder of his monologue. He shows us that the meaning of Christmas gives him a reason to release of his security blanket. 

This Christmas, I pause to remind myself of the birth of Jesus and what it truly means to me. I hope you have the opportunity to do so as well. 

Word for 2017: Sparkle

Often, New Years Resolutions are made at this time of year; as well as the trend to create a focus of the next grouping of 365 days. For the last few years I have had a focus word; Simplify, Courage, Peace, etc.. For 2017, my focus is SPARKLE.

Sparkle for Just Jewelry with Jeanie and sparkle for my life in general. A time to shine, illuminate, and radiate as the song Sparkle from Noonday Sun implies.


Thursday I sparkled with my new Just Jewelry criss cross hematite earrings + JJ Boutique dream big baseball tee (dream big, sparkle more, shine bright). Please remember to enter Jeanie Cullip as the consultant during the ordering process, I am hoping to receive my website soon!


My Ends as an Educator

imagesJohn Dewey said,

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

Education is defined as the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction (Merriam- Webster’s dictionary, 2003). My ends as an educator are to give my students instruction toward their intellectual, social, economical, and political knowledge.

What I mean by intellectual knowledge is developing important skills and becoming a life-long learner. This is valuable because a typical person will only spend 13 to 18 years of their life receiving systematic instruction through an institution. There is an abundance of truth to the words written in the book, I Can Read with my Eyes Shut, in which Dr. Seuss (1978) says,

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

A person who fluently reads and writes enjoys learning new things; the possibilities for them are endless. I want my students to have the ability to acquire and apply both knowledge and skills.

What I mean by social knowledge is enriching personal growth and developing community responsibility. This is valuable because many people find confusion in the process of figuring out who they are and how they can be a part of their community. Inspiration and guidance can be given to assist students toward understanding social responsibilities and the impact of the choices they make. I want my students to have the ability to participate well in society and organizations.

What I mean by economical knowledge is preparing for employment and understanding their role as a consumer. This is valuable because we do not know what the future holds for us. Schools today; educate the employees of tomorrow. Yet, we are unaware of what tomorrow includes. Basic employer skills and the understanding of one’s role in our economy, I believe are beneficial now and to the unknown. I want my students to have the ability to give significance toward their career and be sensible in relation to money, time, and effort.

What I mean by political knowledge is embracing democracy and acquiring citizenship skills. This is valuable because it is important to prepare our students for their active role as responsible, informed citizens in a democracy. It is advantageous that our students are given a voice, and then empowered to use it. Franklin D. Roosevelt said,

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

I want my students to have the ability to take interest and knowledgeably contribute in the government and public affairs of this country.

In conclusion, my ends as an educator are giving my students instruction toward their intellectual, social, economical, and political knowledge. Not in preparation for life, but for life itself.