About Me

Welcome to GradingGirl!  

Welcome to my very first website – my personal blog! I’m enjoying my 19th year of teaching high school English and am Nationally Board Certified. 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 this past year 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 over 10 years of playing around on my own in the gym, I finally hired a wonderfully qualified holistic lifestyle coach and personal trainer to learn from, Nicole Moneer. Additionally, I’m experiencing my first professional photo shoot with a highly sought-after photographer in the industry, Don Bersano, and can’t wait to show what just a bit of discipline in our diets and lifestyle can do for us, regardless of age. I’m not a bodybuilder by any means . . . just your average empty-nesting mom balancing my full-time profession with my healthy lifestyle.

Stay tuned as I will be adding yet another site soon devoted solely to fitness. 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! 

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!! 



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