Introduce yourself! Who are you?
I know what you’re thinking: Who is this woman? Well, My name is Angell and I’m a 39 year old educator, blogger, and self-proclaimed comedian. Just a few years back I decided to start my own blog, Life of an Angell, where I talk about just that, my life. I cover everything to what I’m doing in the classroom, to what I’m wearing on a daily, to what health kicks and goals I’m pursuing. Enough with the business of who I am, now to the more personal. I grew up in a small town in Kentucky where I took for granted that horses aren’t in every town and that not every school allows kids to drive tractors to school. In my late 20’s I moved to Baltimore to pursue my passion of working with “at risk” children. It was while I was there that I decided to go to grad school and get my Masters in Teaching. Fast forward to now, I’m a 2nd grade teacher in an amazing school in Charleston, South Carolina.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
If I could talk to 16 year old me, I’d tell her to follow her heart and explore the world. It’s okay to be a little scared, but it’s not okay to let that fear control your decisions.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
A message that every woman should hear is to find a tribe of women that build you up, support your dreams, and are a safe place to land when you fall.
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
My favorite thing about living in Charleston is the food! There are restaurants every where and what’s so special is that so many are locally owned.
What do you love most about yourself?
The thing I love most about myself is my sense of humor. I love to laugh and to make those around me smile!
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
Overcoming my greatest adversity lead me to one of my proudest moments. It was my last semester of grad school and I had to give up my paying job to complete an unpaid internship. I remember crying and being absolutely scared. I was 31, living alone, with real bills! I knew it had to be done or it would only postpone my graduation, so I stepped out on faith. I quit my job and started my internship. Ultimately, I graduated and was lucky enough to throughout the semester to nanny for a family I met the summer prior.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
Ah, what lesson have I learned in my journey, quit doubting yourself! I tell my 2nd graders all the time that they can be anything they want to be and I realize the same applies to me and all my own, new goals
What motivates you most?
The thing that motivates me most are the children in my life. They inspire me to be creative, fun, and to dream big!
How do you manage your work-life balance?
Managing my work/ life balance can sometimes be very difficult. There are many days where I work 10-12 hour work days and come home exhausted, but will still have blogger work to complete. The thing I find most helpful for maintaining my sanity is learning to listen to my body. If I’m tired I sleep in on the weekend, skip my before work gym session, or say no to events/tasks when I simply don’t have the time or energy.
Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
Since I was in high school I knew I wanted to work with kids. I thought I wanted to teach, but was deferred once I got to college because they only offered a Masters program and I couldn’t afford the extra years. Ironically, all my jobs post graduation were working with children. Eventually at 30 I decided it was time to get my teacher certification.
Were you scared to start the process?
I was absolutely petrified to go to grad school as an adult. I questioned if I “still had it”. Crazy, but grad school and all the papers I had to write reminded me of my love of writing. I will forever be grateful that I got out of my own way and did it!
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in reading and learning. It’s hard for me to read during the school year so I take full advantage of my summer off to indulge in books! I just recently finished “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate and “Travel Light” by Max Lucado.
What is something on your bucket list?
Top three things on my bucket list: go skydiving (I have an insane fear of heights), become a published author, and vacation in Bora Bora.
Angell Troxler is a Charleston blogger and 2nd grade teacher.