Hi, I'm Molly! Welcome to my little corner of the internet.

If you want to meet all the academic and social/emotional needs of your students while only working during the contracted 8 hour work day, you're in the right place.

I’ve got 10-plus years under my belt as a Special Education teacher.

I’ve taught students in grades K-8 in various different settings ranging from self-contained emotional/behavior to primarily intellectual disability and currently in a cross-categorical setting where my day is filled with a little bit of everything.

I know what it’s like to work an 8 hour day then leave work at work so I can enjoy my own personal life

But it wasn't always this way...

I used to work all day only to take my computer and stacks and stacks of work home with me to do because I was barely keeping up. Between all the lesson modifications that enabled my students to access the same curriculum as their peers to social skills lessons that needed to be created and prepped. Oh and don’t forgot all the paperwork. So.Much.Paperwork. I would spend countless hours writing IEPs, crunching data, and figuring out how to curb student behavior so they could stay in their least restrictive environment. 

But one day, enough became enough. I was missing out on precious moments with my family, stressed beyond belief, and starting to feel the well-known teacher burn out. Something had to give. That’s when I started to work smarter instead of harder. I began making templates, find easy ways to track data, and figured out the system to writing a great behavior plan. These things allowed me to actual teach during the day, get my work done at school, and spend my time outside of school doing more of what filled up my own bucket.

let me tell you a bit about myself.. . .

When I tell people what I do, I always get the same question – why Special Education? When I was in elementary school, I was diagnosed with a Specific Learning Disability in reading and math. 

I. Struggled. So. Much. 

Luckily, I had some of the most amazing teachers who could help me to understand when I just couldn’t do it myself. They saved me, and they taught me the value of helping, which is something I always enjoyed.  Between my love for the teachers who helped me and my love for helping others, I knew early in life that I wanted to become a Special Education Teacher. 

While teaching over the years, I found it hard to find good resources for my students. I would spend countless hours modifying and differentiating work so that my students could access the same curriculum as their peers but at the lower level that they needed it.

Even more time was spent finding materials to teach meaningful social skills that would really teach and reinforce behavior to turn those unwanted, tricky behaviors into ones that actually fostered a learning environment for all.

As I began making my own materials, other teachers would often ask where I got resources or if they could pick my brain on how to create their own. This is how A Fresh Breath was born.

Coffee runs through my veins first thing in the morning. ALWAYS. 

When I’m not busy teaching or making awesome teaching resources, I love spending time wrangling my two young boys along with my husband. We love to go boating on warm summer days, play in the leaves during a crisp autumn day, and cook up a storm in the kitchen when it’s too chilly to be outside (anything sweet is kid approved around here!). 

I love doing DIY projects around the house and being creative however I can. I’m also totally addicted to anything on Bravo TV – reality shows call my name! 

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