Author Archives: Kelsie Lou

About Kelsie Lou

Therapeutic Foster Parent, Teacher, and Runner who believes that life is what you make it. Envision, Empower, and Educate.

When the Reward Outweighs the Risk

I went to visit my Grandma in West Virginia after a long interruption to protect her from possible exposure to Covid-19.  We spoke on the phone and she genuinely wanted to see me.  My Uncle Rodney, who is her primary … Continue reading

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Hugs and Quiches

Hey Blog Friends.  I’ve been M.I.A. over here because my new Instagram account, @kelsielou.c0m has gotten my attention.  I like the interaction on the blog better because I like  words to accompany photos, topics and experiences.  This post is for … Continue reading

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Kick-off the 2020-21 School Year Virtually: How to Create a Welcome Back Slide Deck for Your Students & Parents

A lot of school districts will be teaching classes remotely to start the 2020-21 school year.  We do not know how long this is going to take, but we have to hit the ground running as we would if we … Continue reading

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Meet Me in the Mangroves

I’ve been back and forth from KY to FL all summer in between teaching and professional development training.  I was helping my Mom recover from knee replacement surgery, and reminding my Dad of how wonderful a daughter I am.   This … Continue reading

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Each 1 Teach 1

Contractually, we do have a much needed break.  A true educator, however, is always refreshing content knowledge, and evolving with pedagogy.  Our goal is to make each school year more impactful than the others.  A lot of us complete required … Continue reading

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Lesson Ideas for Online Physical Education

Taking a break from travel and running posts to give an update on what distance learning looks like for the 200 Smootents in my middle school physical education classes.   JCPS KY Non-Traditional Instruction:  It was a challenge to grasp how … Continue reading

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The Little Rock Half Marathon & 5K Recap

The Little Rock, Arkansas race series have been on my radar for quite some time.  They are known for their huge, over-the-top medals and unique race themes. The 2020 theme was “Totally Awesome” as a tribute to the 80s. Training … Continue reading

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Grand Turk Island

If you blink, you will miss it. The island of Grand Turk is only 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. The only way to visit Turks and Caicos via cruise ship is through the Grand Turk cruise port. For … Continue reading

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Tour

Amber Cove Cruise Port The Amber Cove terminal was built by Carnival Cruise lines in the Bay of Maimon. Puerto Plata Tour We skipped the Carnival excursions and poolside activities to book with Iguana Mama Adventure Tours. The independent contractors … Continue reading

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Carnival Elation Cruise Ship Review

Oh Ship! It’s a Mother Daughter Trip! My Mom exposed me to cruising as a teenager when we took our first Carnival cruise to the Bahamas. Over the years, we have sailed to Bermuda, Cuba, and all over the Caribbean … Continue reading

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