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 21st 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, you may be able to find me at the gym.  When I was a freshman in high school, my father passed away suddenly of a heart attack at the young age of 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 few 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!

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, with a specialization in group fitness. I now offer fitness sessions with my teaching colleagues, and someday when I retire I may train full-time. 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 profession with my healthy lifestyle.

I am 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!

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!!