Hi! Welcome to our class blog! I’m Mrs. Buttler, and I teach 7th grade English at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas. This is my 2nd year at Hill Country and my 7th year teaching. 2004 was my very first year to step inside a classroom after graduating from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. On August 30th, at Flour Bluff Elementary, I found myself staring into the faces of 24 third graders who would forever change me as a mom, a teacher, and a person! That first class of mine would prove to be the near death of me!! Well, not literally… but I sure thought so at times since I was pregnant with Gracyn at the time. It did not help that we started the very first day of school with the air conditioning going out in the entire school. Could you imagine a worse trifecta: first day of school, pregnant, no air conditioning… in South Texas! Ugh. It was horrible. After loosing all of my breakfast and lunch that day, I thought things could get no worse and made up my mind to have a great first year of teaching.
That first year, I learned so much about teaching. I learned patience from working with an autistic student. I learned how to find joy in the midst of trials from Shania, who had cerebral palsy. I learned how to laugh at my own mistakes from a student who dealt with a horrible past but came to school each day with a smile on his face. Those students showed me more about patience and showing undonditional love than any other group of students I have ever had.
We ended up having a wonderful year. We made hand print wreaths at Christmas, we read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe right before the movie came out in theatres…. and my students grew to love reading because of it! We won the spirit competition at Field Day, and we made wonderful memories that I will treasure forever.
Most of all, I learned that even though my first year of teaching was difficult, that teaching was my one true calling in life. However, after three years of teaching elementary school, I decided to stay home while Gracyn and Whitley were little. Five years later, when Whitley was about to enter kindergarten, I went back to teaching, and I have been teaching middle school ever since! I love middle school students with all my heart!
I’m so glad you found our class blog! Please make sure to visit my the blogs of my students – you can find the links in the sidebar by clicking on each class period. We would love to connect with you and your class, so make sure to leave your blog address too!