Meet the Teacher

02 February 2011

Cara Carroll from The First Grade Parade started a "Meet the Teacher Link Party" and all my favorite teacher bloggers have joined in.
Here is my bio:  My name is Erica Bohrer and I am 32 years old and still single!  Ugh, the bad date stories I could tell!  I have taught first grade for the past eight years and before that second grade for one and kindergarten for half a year.  I own my own very small home on Long Island, NY.  I live less than five minutes away from my parents, who have a beautiful house on the water.  I honestly never should have left; I hate mowing the lawn and dealing with all this SNOW!

My wonderful family at my brother Kurt's wedding
I have a bachelor's degree in Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University and a Master's in Elementary Education from Dowling College.  I loved Bing and all my roomies.
I love animals and have two small dogs: Sophie and Niles.  I also have two cats: Ella and Greta.  I have a guinea pig named Molly that is my class pet. 

I just started blogging and I love all the resources on here.  I am learning and will make my blog fancy one day, I promise!  Right now, I have another teacher resource book manuscript due and I need to get that done.  The new book is about spelling centers.  I am sure Scholastic will come up with a super long jazzy title for it.  Check out my first book on the right :) 
Another, FYI, I was the teacher featured in the NY Times article on TeachersPayTeachers.  The editors changed the whole direction of the story after it was written and edited the heck out of what I said :(
Now for the Q & A

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a teacher?                                             
A:  I would be a Veterinarian or something with animals.

Q: What are your hobbies?                                                                                    
A:  I go to the gym and I like taking boot camp and Zumba classes.  I love to shop and find bargains.  I think Marshall's and TJMaxx are great stores.  I like going out for drinks.  I love boating, the beach, and summer.  This summer I will be getting a quarter share of Fire Island Beach house. 
Me, Mr. Moo, and my nephew, Dylan

That's me in the black bikini on my brother's boat at Hemlock Cove (my favorite boat hang out)

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?                     
A:  I always wanted to be a veterinarian.  I was a very shy kid and was made fun of for my bucked teeth.  Animals never judged me and were always drawn to me.

Q: What are your guilty pleasures?                                                            
 A: Nutterbutters, US magazine, Jersey Shore, and Bridalplasty

Q: What is your biggest fear?!                                                                 
 A: Germs!  Check out my Germ Unit on Teacherspayteachers!  I am also afraid that I will never meet the man of my dreams. 
Q: When you’re on vacation, where do you like to go?                             
 A: Anywhere warm and with a beach.
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?                                                   
A:  Think before you speak...I always say whatever is on my mind and sometimes I unintentionally insult people.  Oops

Q: What do you value most in others?                                                                   
A:  Work ethics - I work my behind off and expect the same from others.

Q: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass down to your kids, what would it be?                                                                                                        
A: My compassion for animals and the underdogs

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world….living or dead…who would it be?                                                                                                         
A:  I would love to meet the ladies whose blogs I follow.  I love that there are other overachieving teachers in the world.

Now tell us one random thing about yourself:
My cousin just got married and his wedding will be on the Four Weddings Show.  Look for me in the background. 
I live not that far from NYC and have friends in the entertainment industry.  I have gotten to meet Kelly Rippa and watch her tape the show Hope and Faith.  She is so tiny and covered with freckles in person!


  1. I <3 Zumba!!! Love your blog!

  2. Thanks! You gave me my first blog comment! I am sooo excited. I checked out your blog and see that you are an animal lover, too!

  3. I love literature too!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Your blog is super cute! Thanks so much for sharing!


  5. Hi! I am the same age as you! I was too chicken to post my Meet the Teacher though! Your family looks wonderful. How cool is it that you've had books published?! I just found your blog and am now a follower. Thanks for sharing! :)

  6. Nice to "meet" you! I loved reading this post! Thanks!!!

  7. Thanks ladies! So nice to meet all of you, too.

  8. Hi Erica! I was recently introduced to blog-world and I stumbled upon your blog! I love it! I think this post is a great idea! I loved reading about your life. Maybe I'll get the guts to create a similar post. (I only have 11 followers though! haha!) Thank you for sharing all of your awesome ideas! I'm definitely a fan!

  9. Hi Erica! So, like you I am 32 and single also!!! Don't even get me started on dating...and I also live right near NYC! Anyway, I've been teaching for 9 years (1st grade for two years, then reading recovery for the past 7). I'm going back into second grade next year in a new district and am petrified! I just started reading some blogs and yours has some great ideas. Any advice you can give me about going back to the classroom after being out doing one on one for 7 years....HELP!

  10. Hi Erica! I absolutely love your blog! I'm a new teacher but would love to be able to start my own. Is there a graphic design program you use to make your worksheets?


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