Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband of 14 years, Matt and their two very active children: Calvin, a gifted and quirky 11-year-old boy, and Kadison, a creative and strong-willed 8-year-old girl. Debbie attended the University of South Florida for both her bachelor's and master's degrees in education. With 20 years of experience, she's a National Board Certified Teacher in literacy and currently teaches 1st graders. Debbie's mission is to get kids to love learning! In her spare time, Debbie loves to read, enjoy the beach, and find the perfect cup of coffee. She is always on the look-out for a great local restaurant or fun place to go to relax! Follow Debbie on Twitter and Pinterest.

A Devoted Dad, a Baseball, and a Dog

Before our son was born I don't think my husband had much experience with kids. The morning after we brought Calvin home, I woke up with the most excruciating headache of my life and couldn't...

A Shirt Full of Holes, A Heart Full of Love

The light outside grew dark. Even at the young age of three, I knew what that meant...Daddy would be coming home soon. After dinner, I'd scurry to the old brown couch at the far...

Happy Father's Day!

Just in time for Father's Day, a few of our contributors will be bringing you stories about their own dads as well as their husbands as fathers. Role models, care takers, advice givers, entertainers,...

Welcome to the Total Daddy Takeover!

Welcome to our Total Daddy Takeover series, graciously hosted by Great Father's Day Race and Myrtle Ave. Pediatrics! Today we feature dads across the Tampa Bay area who are going to be sharing stories about their...

Beyond Books: What You Might Be Missing at the Library!

I admit, I have an absolute love of the library and want kids to feel the same. When I was young, it was always an exciting trip when my mom would take me to...

When Life Hands You Lemons…Dealing with Change

Remember in my last post I said I'm always up for a new challenge and that basically we should embrace learning new things? Can I take that back? Life threw me some major curve...

Introducing Debbie, the Imperfect Perfectionist

Welcome! I'm so glad you're here! Since we're going to be friends, a little bit about me...First off, I'm new to this whole blogging idea, but am always up for a new challenge. I've...