Behind the Teacher: Mandy H. from @fifthwithmissharris
Well, my real name is Amanda, so Mandy is technically my nickname. 😉
If you were given $200 that you had to spend on yourself, what would you buy?
I would probably spend half on clothes (looking at you, Old Navy, AE, and Target) but then I’d take the other half into Barnes and Noble and give myself permission to buy any of the new releases I’ve had my eyes on. 🙌🏼
Think about yourself at the age you are currently teaching. How would you describe yourself at that age?
Fifth grade was the year that reading really clicked for me and turned into a leisure activity in earnest. It became a bit of an obsession, to be honest, and it has stayed so ever since! At that point, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and I was a bit of a teacher’s pet. 😅
Favorite self-care routine or ritual
I love cleaning my room and then snuggling up in bed with my labradoodle, Murphy, to read. A bath and body works candle and a cozy blanket are usually involved as well. 😊
Favorite Gift to give a fellow teacher
Flair Pens. Who doesn’t want a new pack of fresh, beautiful Flair Pens?!
Do you remember your dreams when you wake up in the morning?
Your own parents would say you are…
They’d say I am a loyal, smart, caring person who loves Jesus! They’d probably mention that I’m a dork, but they might forget to tell that you I’m hilarious. I’d elbow them in the ribs to remind them.
Name 3 articles of clothing/accessories you wear the most:
Black jeans, Old Navy sweatshirts, and oversized cardigans
What is your favorite part of your classroom?
I LOVE my library. Apart from spending the last few years building it up to an insane amount of quality books, it is also super pretty. 😍 I gave my classroom a makeover last summer, and I had a vision for the space, but it was my mom who really helped me make it come to life! ✨ It was a labor of love and I still can’t stop looking at it.
Favorite beauty product:
I love It Cosmetics. Everything they make is gold.
Favorite grading pens
Flair Pens!! I prefer a light peachy color or a soft lavender. 😍
3 snacks you couldn’t live without
York Peppermint Patties, Goldfish, and Chips & Guac
If you could plan the perfect birthday meal for yourself, what would it be? Appetizer/main dish/dessert
For an appetizer, I’d have fried zucchini. For the main dish, I would have my mom’s mini meat loaves with mashed potatoes. Dessert would be strawberries covered in whipped cream and mini chocolate chips... or York Peppermint Patties. 😂🙈 None of this goes together, but it’s MY birthday, so...
When you go to Starbucks, you order…
Either a medicine ball or a white mocha with coconut milk... but either way it will almost always be a tall. I never drink the whole thing when it’s bigger than that! 😂
If you were not a teacher, you would be an...
People would be surprised to know…
I am a plant mom to over 15 adorable plants, I was a cheerleader in high school, and I have an irrational dislike for terracotta.