Name: Mrs. Lyon formerly Ms. Jensen
Birthday: November 25
Favorite Color: Black & Royal Blue
Favorite Book: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Favorite Memory: The birth of my daughter, Kenzie, followed by my wedding
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Food: Sushi - I can't get enough
Favorite Candy: Sour Patch Kids
Favorite Ice Cream: Pinkberry
Favorite Animal: Lions - of course ;-)
Favorite Season: Fall
Favorite Stores: Banana Republic and Crate and Barrel
Favorite Flower: Tulips
Favorite Plant: Lamb’s Ear (Feels like a cat’s ear)
My Favorite Song: Unchained Melody
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite Past Time: Well, when the baby is asleep, I love to read. I even have a classroom library of over 2600 books!!!
Favorite Teaching Bragging Right: Chosen as a Scholastic Teacher Book Club Advisor in 2008
I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois called Streamwood. I spent a majority of my life there until I moved to Arizona in June of 1999. Even though I did miss the changing of the seasons back in the Mid-West, I came to find that I DIDN'T miss the cold wind or freezing rain! :-) I thoroughly enjoyed living in Arizona and often took advantage of the beautiful weather and scenery it has by mountain biking and hiking in my free time. However, I must admit the heat tended to get a little overwhelming and I decided it was time for yet another change. In June of 2007, I moved to Los Angeles, California. Simply put, I love it here!
Prior to teaching, I worked at a hotel as a Catering Sales Manager. However, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher so I began to go to school full-time in the evening. It wasn't before long that I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Ottawa University in December of 2005. I vowed I would begin working towards my Masters program within five years. I did and I finished my Masters degree in Educational Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University in December 2010. I work hard and love what I do and I'm constantly striving to be the best teacher I can be. In 2008, I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of fifteen Scholastic Book Club Advisors. I was treated to a trip to downtown New York to offer my feedback regarding their book clubs. They definitely treated us like royalty!!
A few of my favorite hobbies are technology (in and out of the classroom), reading, writing, and web design. I also enjoy going to the movies and hanging with my wonderful husband, Christian, who runs a successful landscaping company. When we have time, we have fun exploring the different parts of Los Angeles or just spending the weekend reading the paper and enjoying a cup of coffee from Starbucks (well....actually Mocha Fraps). We were married on October 16, 2010 and I officially began my life as Mrs. Lyon - previously Ms. Jensen. I couldn’t imagine marrying a more caring or loving man. Quickly after we were married, we were blessed to find out we were pregnant with our first child. Our daughter, Kenzie, was born in July of 2011. Life seemed to stand still when she was born and almost everything took a backseat to my beautiful daughter. However, as the months have gone on, I have found how to juggle and balance my life. We joyfully welcomed our second daughter, Kaidyn, in March of 2013. My two girls are my heart and soul and I love being their mommy. :-)
I have been teaching for over seven years - mostly in 5th grade but I have one year in 4th grade. In addition to teaching, I am also the Co-Vice Principal at my school, the 1:1 Technology Program Specialist, along with MANY other hats at my job. I typically am the go to person regarding technology questions at our school and if there is something new to try out, you better believe I'm willing to give it a try in my classroom. I was fortunate enough to be the one classroom in the 2012-2013 school year to pilot a 1:1 iPad program with my 5th graders. So far we’ve been having a fabulous time exploring all that is available to us. This upcoming school year, I will be the support person as our entire school switches over to 1:1 iPads. Between my amazing class and my home life, I can honestly say at the end of the day it's nice to crawl into bed but it is all very fulfilling too. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for me in my career as well as my personal life.