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Cara Carroll at First Grade Parade is having a linky party! Click the link below to meet all the guest at Cara's party.
I am Jonelle Bell, a 40 something mother and kindergarten teacher in Ohio.
I married my husband 16 years ago, even though our union resulted in my first and last name rhyming for the rest of my life.
We have 3 sons, Jack (15), Brian (11) and Casey (7). I refer to our home as the frat house...even our 95 pound airedale terrier is a boy. I could start another blog about all the gross stuff and strange sounds that go on in our home, but all that needs to be kept under wraps.
I went to Ohio University and pray that one of my boys will become a Bobcat so that I can hang out at the Junction again and jam with the band at football games.
{the 80s ladies back in our house at OU celebrating 40}
I am currently teaching all day kindergarten.
{my kindergarten school pic}
I have been teaching for 21 years...20 in the same school district. The same school district where I live, which means that my boys can't get away with anything without me finding out seconds after it happens. I love my job and I teach with some of the most amazing women.

{Q & A}
Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a teacher?
A: Inspired by the movie..."The Wedding Planner."

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: technology, photography, stamping/card making (or collector of supplies to make cards), reading, blogging, blog stalking and #1 sports fan for my boys

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be a teacher. I made all the neighborhood kids play school with me. My mom, grandfather and grandmother were grandmother taught in a one room schoolhouse in West Virginia.

Q: What are your guilty pleasures?
A: Diet Coke, pretzel M&Ms, Danskos, The Real Housewives, red wine and blogging

Q: What is your biggest fear?!
A: I am terrified that something will happen to me and I won't be able to be there for my boys. My father died when I was very young and I still miss him and think of him often.
{one of the last pictures taken of my father}

Q: When you’re on vacation, where do you like to go?
A: Anywhere with my boys...for the past several years we have made some great memories in
Sunset Beach, North Carolina.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
A: My mentor when I started teaching who is now like a sister to me has given me so much great advice, but I often think about these two:
1. Always do what is best for the kids (your students).
2. When I had small children of my own she told me to remember that what is cute at 2 is obnoxious at 5:)
{love ya Barbie}

Q: What do you value most in others?
A: Being genuine and honest.

Q: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass down to your kids, what would it be?
A: My sense of humor and ability to stay calm while my husband freaks out.

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world….living or dead…who would it be?
A: I would love to have lunch with my dad.
I also think that Cara should plan a blogger luncheon/convention...
name the date, place and time and I am there.

Now tell us one random thing about yourself:
I was the field commander for the marching band and a cheerleader in high school. The same small farm town high school that Alex Karev/Justin Chambers and his twin attended...he was a freshman when I was a senior.


  1. Love your K pic! I need to find mine and scan it to upload!

  2. Hi, I found you over at the link party!

    I teach in Ohio, too. Excited to start following you :)

  3. So cute!!!!!!!!!

  4. Holy Cow, we have A LOT in common~ 3 boys, 80's, making everyone play school in neighborhood etc, so glad we all did this, it's so fun!!

  5. Love it! I teach down the street from you!

  6. Cute post Jonelle! I LOVED reading all of this about you. Pretzel M&Ms... YUM! You look so stinkin' cute in your kindergarten picture!! : )

  7. I found your blog through the Linky party. I love your blog. You have some amazing ideas and resources!


  8. Love your blog! Keep up the great work! :)