• About Mrs. Bradley
     
    I was born in _____ (tee hee-let's just leave that blank) to a Honduran mother who was a librarian. On special Saturdays, she would take me to work with her and let me while away the hours reading. I thought I was in heaven; I'm sure the fact that I escaped chores for the day had something to do with it! From her, I learned a love of books. My father worked for the department of agriculture. My earliest memories are of following him around the yard while he clipped and pruned, watered and mowed. All the while I would point to insects and plants and ask, "What's that? What's that? What's that." He was a very patient man! From him, I learned to appreciate all living things.

    By the time I was in first grade, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. As my school years progressed, I became more and more convinced I was on the right path. I don't know if it was the cute apple jumpers (ha!), the fact that my teacher's seemed happy to see me each morning, or the warm hugs at the end of the day. All I know is that I wanted to be just like them.

    After high school, I went to Central Michigan University, where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. My teaching career began at a cooperative preschool in my hometown of Sparta, Michigan. I taught there for two years. After the birth of our first son, Nicholas, my husband and I deciding I should stay home until Nick was in Kindergarten. Our second son, Cliff, followed his brother into the world a year and a half later.

    My husband died unexpectantly when the boys were three and a half and two respectively. In an effort to start over, I packed up the boys and moved to the area. It was a wonderful decision. I love it here!

    Once the boys were in school, I became a substitute teacher in Kent and Barry County. After a year, I was lucky enough to be hired by the Hastings Area School System as a third grade teacher. The next year, I was moved to a first grade position where I've been ever since.

    I went back to school part-time, at Western Michigan University, to continue my education. I earned a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. During this time, I meet Steve Bradley and his son Kyle. We were married two years later. And the rest, as they say, is history!

    I love working with young children and helping them grow. I will do my best this year to help all my students strive for their personal best. I will help them to develop a strong educational foundation and a greater understanding of how to work with others. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your child. It's going to be a great year!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    I'll Love You Forever. It makes me cry every time!

    Hobbies:
    1. playing with my grandson.
    2. reading, especially in the winter, curled up in front of the fireplace.
    3. swimming in the 'world's smallest pool' in my backyard.
    4. riding my bike down hills with the wind in my face.
    5. stamping homemade cards

    Current Obsessions:
    Upcycling (love spray paint and glue guns), going to garage sales in the summer, and Biggby chai latte.

    Pet:
    A cockatiel named Silla