Welcome to GradingGirl!  

Welcome to my very first website – my personal blog – where I share my own writing and reviews! I am a National Board Certified high school English teacher, enjoying my 20th year of teaching. Never the same day twice, I have the best clients in the world – my students!  They inspire me and remind me of my own daughter, a USC graduate enjoying a rewarding career of her own in entertainment public relations.

When not teaching, I’m at my second home, the gym where I workout each day. When I was a freshman in high school, my father died prematurely of a heart attack at age 38 and, a year later, my aunt succumbed to breast cancer at age 42. Experiencing these devastating losses at an early age solidified the importance of self-care and awareness of one’s health. And turning fifty a couple summers ago further slapped me in the face with the realization as to just how fast and precious life truly is.  That’s why I’m making a stronger commitment to my health, and the teacher in me wants to help others do the same!

This year, after years of playing around in the gym on my own, and reading a ton of books, journals and fitness articles, I finally took the steps to earn my NASM-CPT certificate. I’m very excited to say, as of December 1, 2017, I am officially certified, and have just started offering fitness sessions with my teaching colleagues. With just a bit of discipline, regardless of age, each one of us can attain our fitness and health goals. I’m not a bodybuilder by any means . . . just your average empty-nesting mom balancing my full-time profession with my healthy lifestyle.

I am so very excited to share all that I’m learning and experiencing on this new journey of aging gracefully! The cliché is true – age is just a number, and I emphatically believe that each and every one of us can benefit greatly with some simple, effective tweaks in our routines. If I can fit in time for fitness and still grade papers, anyone can make time to be fit!

Stop by my Instagram page for a preview of my fitness experiences! This summer, I am providing some outdoor fun fitness sessions to colleagues.

And, if you’d like to see what I do during the school day, stop by my professional site, TheresaLChristensen.com!

Thank you for stopping by!!