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SPOTLIGHT ON.... justchanti!!!!

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justchanti, this is your spotlight thread! 


People can ask you questions, and you can answer (or not, your choice). Or you can just share if you want to. It's up to you!

 

To get the ball rolling, here are a few starter questions!

 

  1. Backstory! Tell us about you, where you came from, how you got to where you are now. 
  2. What are you craving right now?
  3. If someone handed you $1000, no strings attached, what would you do with it?
  4. What's your favorite type of soup?
  5. Talk about your house a little-- are you happy where you live? Best part about your house? Worst?
post #2 of 9

1. Backstory! Tell us about you, where you came from, how you got to where you are now.

Hmm... I often wonder this myself!  I grew up in a tiny wood cabin outside of Eugene, Oregon.  I went to a tiny country school until 5th grade when I transfered to a private school "in town" about 40 minutes away.  I grew up being a strange hybrid of a rural and city kid.  I went to a tiny liberal arts school in New Mexico where I studied the "Great Books" basically philosophy, historical math and science, ancient languages, and comparative literature (a lot I know).  I met my husband the third day of my freshman year of college and we've been kind of inseparable every since.  We've been together for nine years and married for two.  After college DH and I moved back to Oregon, then back to Santa Fe, then to Vermont, and now we are living in Chicago.  We joke that we've lived in every part of the country except the south!  We are moving back to Oregon at the end of June when I graduate. Three years ago I completed my Waldorf teacher education training only to decide I also wanted to be a trained public school teacher.  I am now in school for a Master's in Teaching with an emphasis on Urban Teacher Education.  I whole-heartedly believe in the pedagogy of Waldorf schools, but also believe in equity and equality in education, which is what has led me to working in Chicago public schools.  Ultimately I don't know where I will land, but I really love teaching.  I will be taking a year off (at least) so I guess I have time to figure it out eyesroll.gif

 

2.What are you craving right now?

Honestly, not much.  I guess I'm always in the mood for potatoes, pickles, and ice cream.  But I was that way before pregnancy too!

 

3. If someone handed you $1000, no strings attached, what would you do with it?

I would put in towards our savings.  We are heading towards a big transition (moving 2,500 miles, having  a baby, and living off of 1 income) so things are going to be tight.  I would add the $1,000 to the little cushion we already have so that in the event of an emergency we would be able to deal. Not very romantic, but definitely practical.

 

4.What's your favorite type of soup?

I love soup!  My favorites are traditional Russian borscht and green chile stew from New Mexico. 

 

5.Talk about your house a little-- are you happy where you live? Best part about your house? Worst?

This is a strange question because we are moving and still do not know where we will be living...  However, currently we live on one floor of a historical two flat in chicago.  We love our apartment.  It is large and roomy without being too big.  It has lovely bay windows, sits on a picturesque street, and has a back yard with a lawn!  We are definitely sad to say good by to this space.  It is by far the best place we have ever lived.  

 

 

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How long have you taught/what grades/subjects?

 

What are your feelings on homeschooling? Controversial here, I know, but as a public school teacher in a poor neighborhood myself, I'm interested in your perspective. I think it's cool you went for an alternative ed philosophy and then came back to public school teaching. It is the heart of this country's education system and majority of what is available to most kids and families.

 

What does your husband do? I only ask because we get asked a TON of my husband is a teacher too, NO WAY. One is more than enough, he has to do a lot to support me during the school year.

post #4 of 9

This is your first child, then? 

 

What has been the best parts of pregnancy so far?  the worst?

 

What are you most concerned/worried about regarding birth/labor/postpartum?  Most excited about?

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How long have you taught/what grades/subjects?

I am still very much a novice. I've been teaching for the past three years and have been involved in education for 4. I co-taught in a Waldorf 4th grade classroom then shifted to public ed. I have taught kindergarten and now 3rd grade.  I really love the Waldorf method of looping (one teacher with the same class from 1st-8th grade).  I would love to experience that at least once in my life, whether at a real waldorf school or a public charter waldorf.  We'll see. 

 

What are your feelings on homeschooling?

I'm not sure how I feel about homeschooling.  Ultimately, I feel like everyone should make the choice that feels right to them.  As far as ever choosing to homeschool my family, I doubt it.  I really like the idea of my own children being around lots of different kinds of people.  I know this is possible if homeschooled as well, but I think I would have a tendency to isolate more than reach out if I were in that situation.  Plus, teaching for me is a career.  I love it and I want my practice to continue to grow.  I love the challenge that every year brings.  I think that I would miss that if I were only teaching my own children (although I admire parents who choose this route).  Ultimately, I hope that we can find a school that I will feel as good about my kids attending as I do teaching at.  This will surely take compromise as there are many schools that I can adapt to teaching at, for the sake of the children I hope to serve, that I would not feel so great about my own kids attending.  Right now I have my eye on several new Waldorf charter initiatives that are trying to blend waldorf pedagogy with accessibility for all children regardless of race, class, or culture. I have really enjoyed bringing my background in Waldorf education to kids in public schools who have never seen anything like it.  They love it!

 

What does your husband do?

My husband is not a teacher!  I agree, that would be far too crazy.  The 60-70 hour a week demands that teaching places on me is enough for the two of us!  My husband right now does engineering work in the building science industry.  His main focus is on energy efficiency in both residential and commercial buildings. However, he is currently in the process of gearing up to change careers.  He hopes to start a masters in architecture program next summer. 

 

This is your first child, then? 

Yes indeed!  We're so excited!

 

What has been the best parts of pregnancy so far?  the worst?

Honestly, between teaching full time and attending a full time Masters program, this pregnancy feels like it is flying by.  I've been doing my best to appreciate it and drink it all in.  I have really enjoyed being pregnant so far.  I like feeling the little one floating around and watching my body change.  I find it absolutely amazing.  The first trimester was really rough for me.  I was unbelievably exhausted and threw up at least twice a day for about 6 weeks.  I am happy for that part to be over!

 

What are you most concerned/worried about regarding birth/labor/postpartum?  Most excited about? 

I am most afraid of having to transfer to the hospital.  I know that if this happens we will be making the best choice for the baby, but I have a strong aversion to hospitals (as does dh).  I am hoping everything goes well and this won't be necessary.  I am really looking forward to giving birth.  I am sure this sounds naive, but it is something I have always looked forward to.  There are of course things that I fear, but all of those things seem to be overruled by my genuine excitement to go through the process with my LO and DH.  I can't really imagine anything more amazing.

On a side note, I am nervous about the transition after the baby is here.  I am going to be at home full time, which is something I haven't ever done.  I'm afraid I will get bored or restless and won't be able to appreciate the time with our new baby the way that I should. I am such an active person who always has a million things to do out of the house, it's going to be a real switch. 

 

post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by justchanti View Post

 

What are you most concerned/worried about regarding birth/labor/postpartum?  Most excited about? 

 

  I am really looking forward to giving birth.  I am sure this sounds naive, but it is something I have always looked forward to.  There are of course things that I fear, but all of those things seem to be overruled by my genuine excitement to go through the process with my LO and DH.  I can't really imagine anything more amazing.

 

 

 

I feel the same way!  I know that many more experienced mamas will roll their eyes when I say it, but I am really looking forward to birthing.  I'm excited to understand what it feels like, how I'll react, how my husband will react and support me.  The whole thing is one wild ride, but birthing especially just seems incredible.  I'm hoping I can tune in to my body and have a wonderful experience (though I do understand there are things that aren't in my control).

post #7 of 9

I sure won't roll my eyes. Birth is AMAZING.  There is NOTHING like it.  You can't even aptly describe it.  You can read the birth stories and watch the videos, but until you've experienced it...there's nothing like it.  Yes, it hurts, but it's not like a broken leg. 

 

Justchanti, you are having a homebirth?

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by intime0 View Post

I sure won't roll my eyes. Birth is AMAZING.  There is NOTHING like it.  You can't even aptly describe it.  You can read the birth stories and watch the videos, but until you've experienced it...there's nothing like it.  Yes, it hurts, but it's not like a broken leg. 

 

Justchanti, you are having a homebirth?

 

 

This! Even though mine had some road blocks and ended with some unplanned but needed interventions (trust me, it was either that or a c-section! :( ) and the moment when he came out I was astounded. (and actually confused. How did THAT MUCH BABY fit in my stomach!??!?!). Mine was insanely painful, BUT ultimately it was worth it even though I pray that this one goes a lost more smoothly. *dear baby girl, please flip head down*. Until I hit the 6th hour hours of transition symptoms- It was like the type of stretching muscle pain you get while exercising hard. Productive pain. Yanno? 

post #9 of 9

Justchanti, you are having a homebirth?

 

Yep, as of right now that's the plan.  We may have to use a birth center depending on when we move/the state of our home around our due date.  But as of right now we are on track for a home birth, which is what I really want.  I can't imagine a better way to have a baby (barring any complications of course). 

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