My name is Jen Siler and I am a former secondary science teacher who wants to help YOU be less stressed and have fun in the classroom.
I have been married to my amazing husband, Rick, for 22 years and we have three beautiful children! Alaina is a senior in college, Jake is a senior in high school and Nick is a sophomore in high school. They keep me busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way! It feels like it was just yesterday that I was reading bedtime stories and filling sippy cups!
I am highly qualified in Life and Physical Sciences. I have a Bachelors degree is Biology and a Bachelors Degree in adolescent education. In my 11 years as a classroom teacher I have taught Biology, General Physical Science, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry and Chemistry 2. What’s my favorite? I can’t really say. It tends to be whatever I am currently teaching. Although, when I’m not teaching Chemistry I really miss it! Over the last several years I have been S-L-O-W-L-Y working on a dual Masters program. I just have to finish my final project and I will earn my masters in Biology and Curriculum and Instruction. Now that I’m not teaching, I plan on this to happen soon!
Why I left teaching
This is a topic for a blog post that I will have to write one day but it’s still a little raw right now. For the most part, I left teaching after 11 years because I found I wasn’t able to do what I love anymore. Teach science. State mandates, problems within my district and my administration all created a “perfect storm” of frustration. Between the discipline, the testing, the documentation, the phone calls, parent meetings and all the hoops to jump through there was ZERO time for actual teaching. I missed the “art” of teaching. I found myself frustrated and totally burnt out. My health began to suffer. My blood pressure and cholesterol were through the roof, I began having panic attacks, and found myself angry all the time. I had zero energy for my family and friends or anything that brought me joy. I was in a downward spiral that terrified me. I began to realize that I didn’t want to live like that anymore. So after much discussion and prayer, my husband and I decided that I needed to resign.
Currently, I am in a mourning period. It’s tough losing something that you loved doing even if it was, ultimately, your decision to leave. I miss being at school with my boys everyday, I miss the students and my colleagues. I miss my colorful, cheerful and organized classroom. It was like home to me for 11 years. I never imagined when I started teaching that I would have to make this choice.
What comes next?
Since leaving teaching, I decided to start this blog. I have learned so much in the last month that I’m pretty sure my head is bigger! I am writing about school and science which is helping me deal with the loss and get back to doing what I love. I opened a Teachers Pay Teachers store and plan on sharing all my best lessons, presentations, worksheets and labs. I am just filled with excitement over the possibilities!
What this website is about
I have a new mission. I want to help make the lives of teachers easier. There is so much on your plates, no time and a sad lack of support. Just look at the number of teachers that leave the profession every year! Even if you still love it and never even think about leaving, there is no question that you are busier today than you were 5 years ago. National and state changes alone made sure of that. I want to be a support to teachers that need it. I am going to give you the ideas, tools and inspiration you need to create an amazing learning environment while still being able to enjoy life!