My Mission and Me

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Hello, friend. I’m Nicole. I’m a small town WI girl, a teacher, a curriculum designer, and a chooser of joy. I love hanging with my husband, reading allll the books, and walking on our local trails. On a typical morning, you will find me sipping a cup of coffee in my favorite leggings and designing curriculum materials. In the afternoons, I do art projects, read countless children’s books, and take adventures with a set of darling four-year-old twins.

How did I get here? Wow, it has been a journey…. In fall of 2012, I was a starry-eyed college grad and I started teaching first grade in a rural Wisconsin town. I fell in love with my sweet students and a wonderfully supportive community. I found my teacher bestie in a dear teaching colleague and I lived on Pinterest and TeachersPayTeachers to build the “perfect” classroom and the “perfect” lesson plans…. as if that is an attainable thing! Really? I’ll tell you right now, there is no such thing as perfect. However, I did learn that I LOVE designing curriculum materials and I started using all of my free time to create!

Fast forward four years and I was on the fast track to burn-out. I was pushing myself to the limits, stressing about everything, and not sleeping. The 2016-2017 school year was an incredibly challenging, but rewarding, process for me. It was my fifth year of teaching and I was unhappy. I wasn’t my typical motivated, problem-solving, creative self. I did some soul searching and brainstormed ways to bring joy and peace back into my career. I learned about the importance of self-care routines and I started to scale back what I was doing to make life more manageable. I craved simplicity and quiet moments and a space to be creative. I decided to leave my teaching position at the end of the year to pursue a career as a curriculum designer and nanny for a local family… I LOVE working with young children, but I needed a change of pace.

I currently post my curriculum materials on TeachersPayTeachers under the name, Nicole O’Connor, and I’m obsessed with Instagram. You can find me at teachfromthesoul_ . Want to connect? I’d love to hear from you!

Welcome to my journey! I’m glad that you are here!