Here’s the DL on the me, The Applicious Teacher
First, up my name is Leigh (pronounced: Leeeeee) Langton.
I currently teach second grade at a Title I school in sunny Central Florida. Yes… I go to Disney A LOT…
This is my 9th year teaching. The majority of my experience is in 2nd grade and 3rd grade, but I have dabbled in teaching grades k-5. Second grade is truly where my heart lays.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) I am currently in the process of applying to grad school and hope to earn my Masters in Instructional Design and Curriculum.
My teaching philosophy is plain and simple… hands on and fun!! I believe that students best learn by not only seeing but also doing. That is why I strive to make my classroom as interactive and hands on as possible. I love it when kids are learning and they don’t even realize it! I call it “sneak attack” learning. Thank goodness for Pinterest and TeacherspayTeachers. Those two resources alone have helped to keep my classroom exciting and engaging while we attack the curriculum! Oh… that curriculum. All of our lessons, conversations, and activities are always focused on that curriculum. It is the compass that we set our Applicious Ship by.
Me, at Home…
Believe it or not, I do have a life outside of the classroom (GASP!!) I am also a wife and a mom.
I’ve been married to the most awesome and supportive husband, Chris, for 9 years
We welcomed our first baby in 2012. Yes… he is the most adorable thing I have even seen! I am one P.R.O.U.D mommy!
Now he’s three and a total toddler terror. I wouldn’t have it any other way…
I also love to run, and have ran not only a couple of half marathons but I crossed off one of my bucket list to-dos and completed a marathon (that’s 26.2 miles people!!!) I mean I wanted to die afterward… but I did it! I also enjoy shopping (online and in person) and reading. Like seriously… give me a book and a beach chair and you won’t see me for hours!
So why “The Applicious Teacher”? Simply put, teaching is a delicious adventure. As teachers, we add our own little spice to the mix while dealing with it’s constant ups and downs. I like to think I put my own “apple” spin on being in a classroom. We are all some sort of “Applicious”!
In my spare time, I love inspiring educators just like me. Teaching can be hard, unforgiving, and very rewarding. This year, I even had a chance to help mold a future teacher by taking on a Senior Intern. Yeah… we can get goofy!
I hope you find inspiration, ideas, and solace as you browse my little teaching site. It is dedicated to you!