Kate is the mom to Jack (2006), Liz (2007), and Alice (2011) and an avid Cubs fan through marriage. She's an assistant professor of mathematics and STEM education at St. Ambrose University and also moonlights as a mathematics teacher at South East Junior High in Iowa City. Between soccer, running club, tumbling, and piano lessons she likes to cook, run, and do yoga. She's also a sucker for 5Ks with cool swag and awesome medals.
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Live Your Breast Life: Get Yourself a Comfortable Bra

Mom Confession: I’m a bottom of the barrel kind of gal when it comes to buying myself bras. For the better part of 15 years I have shopped the sale racks and those bins of...
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A Day in the Life of an Online School Teacher (and Mom)

This is the day in the life of an online middle school teacher. Monday, November 30, 2020 5 a.m. Up for the day. I've made the rule that my kids are not allowed to come downstairs...
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You Have a Choice with Your Money: Shop Local Iowa City Businesses

A few weeks ago I was reading an article in the Little Hawk, City High's School newspaper, and there was a quote from a local business owner that I haven't been able to stop...
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How to Make Halloween Bark

Look, by all accounts 2020 is a dumpster fire. And I don't know about you, but I like my dumpster fires covered in chocolate and topped with more chocolate. Enter Halloween bark. Halloween bark is a...

Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches in the Iowa City Area

Nothing says fall like a walk through beautiful apple orchards or pumpkin patches with your family. Get outside and enjoy the wonderful fall weather by visiting Iowa City area you-pick pumpkin patches and apple orchards!...

Currently I Am …(Pandemic Edition)

Let's do a little catching up with this pandemic edition of Currently! Currently I am . . . Reading: You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain. Doing: Yoga online with Muddy...

Some of the Coolest Black Mathematicians You and Your Kids Need to Know

A few years ago I thought it was important to start teaching my students in my class about famous mathematicians. We spent a week researching, talking, poster-making. At the end of the unit I...

Try this Homeschool Schedule (Created by a Teacher) During Quarantine

If you’re choosing to homeschool your kids while school is not in session you might find this schedule helpful. I’ve been using a version of this schedule with my second grader, sixth grader, and...
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Break Up Your Social Distancing Routine by Celebrating National Holidays

Hi Mamas! How are you doing? Hanging in there? I find that some days I think "I can do this!" and other days I think "Who can do this?" Either way, it sounds like I'll...
St. Patrick's Day in the Iowa City Area

Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Iowa City Area

Updated March 7, 2021 St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It's not because I'm Irish or because I love green beer. I always think of St. Patrick's Day as...