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Kendra Passarelli
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Kendra Passarelli commented on a post on Blogger.
I am SOOO excited to see my picture on someone else's blog!  I am new to the blogging world and don't have many followers. This is so fantastic!!  Thank you!

Kendra
<a href="http://thislittleladybug.blogspot.com">This Little Ladybug</a>

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Kendra Passarelli commented on a post on Blogger.
I am SOOO excited to see my picture on someone else's blog!  I am new to the blogging world and don't have many followers. This is so fantastic!!  Thank you!

Kendra<br />
<a href="http://thislittleladybug.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">ThisLittleLadybug</a>

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I love organization :)

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CCSS Practice and Pilot Tests :)

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Teaching has been one of my passions since I was a little girl. When I was in second grade, I remember coming home and playing school each and every day.  Our garage was turned into a mock schoolhouse, complete with textbooks and a chalkboard.  I certainly didn't have real students, so I lined up all of my stuffed animals and made them do lots of work!  I copied everything my teachers did, I even got a whistle and pretended I was the yard duty teacher.   I would stand on my front lawn and blow my whistle at "students" for not freezing when the bell rang.  
I student taught in first and fourth grades in Los Angeles.  I fell in love with the kids and knew this is where I wanted to be.  I graduated with my B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in 2007.   When I graduated from college in 2007, enrollment was very low in my area.  I ended up moving from Los Angeles to Orange County to sub.  I subbed for three years in four different school districts and waited tables just to pay the bills.    I was extremely exhausted from working days, nights, weekends, and holidays.
In 2010, I was called to interview for a math position at a local middle school in an affluent neighborhood in Orange County.  The first interview was fantastic.  I was not nervous at all and tooted my own horn quite a bit.  I was called in for a second interview and was asked to bring a lesson for solving linear equations.  When I received the email, I was working at my serving job.  By the time I got off work, it was 10:00 p.m.   I was so exhausted, but I had to figure out a lesson plan!  I stayed up until 2 in the morning writing and planning.  I though the second interview went very well.  A few days later, my phone rang and my heart dropped because I recognized the area code.  It was the principal calling my to tell me that he had chosen another candidate.  I thanked him, then hung up the phone and cried big crocodile tears.  I had only one interview, and I blew it!  I really thought I had it and I was so disappointed.  A week later, the district called me for an interview at another school site.  This school, however, was not in an affluent neighborhood and was a Title I school.  I was asked to bring a lesson plan for this interview as well-good thing I already had one!  The interview questions were pretty much the same as the first, so I pretty much answered the same way.  It was the fastest interview ever.  I mean, like only 10 minutes!  When I got in the car, I couldn’t believe it was so short!  One of my good friends, Sylvia (who was my master teacher) called me as I was driving home.  Whenever I interviewed, we always went through the same drill..she would ask me what the questions were and I would tell her my response.  She said I did well and as always, was so proud of me ☺  Three days later, guess who got a call from human resources asking if I would like to accept the sixth grade math position.  The lady on the phone said I could think about it...think about it??!!  The answer is a definite YES!  Seriously, the best day of my life!!  I was so excited about setting up my classroom, creating my own classroom rules, and getting to know my students.  
Because I work at a Title I school, many of my students come from low socioeconomic backgrounds.  Many of my students have little support at home and are academically well behind grade level.  I know I can't "save" every student, but I certainly care very much for each and every one of them.  I know that many of my students don't have much of a home to go home to, so I want my classroom to be very warm and welcoming.  I love decorating and organizing ☺
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