Natalie O' Neil

Growing as an Educator

I can hardly believe the summer is nearly over. It has been busy, and I’m sure there’s no sign of slowing down. Many people believe being a teacher means summers off. Not for me. In fact, in all my years of teaching, I have never once spent a summer relaxing

Release Update

The past few months have been hectic. I wrapped up the school year, shopped around for and purchased a new car, hosted out-of-town family visits, and finished final edits on Guardian House. Yes, you read that right. My first novel is approaching its release date. Thanks to my editors and publishers

Never too late to learn

I love attending conferences. I wish I could attend more during the work week, and as part of my day job, rather than on weekends in my free time, but I go to them because they provide so much. My attendance at this weekends #appsu CT summit was even more

A jet lagged adventure

So, it’s Monday. The first day back to work after a week away in the UK. It was my first time visiting England, and we only had 5 days…2 of which were for the Raspberry Pi Teacher Academy. I knew we needed to make the most of the trip, so

Let the Adventure Begin

I can’t believe I’m actually going to be in England in a few hours. It’s hard to imagine that I will get to experience what I’ve had to attempt to understand through my imagination and other people’s eyes for so long. I feel like I’ve never traveled before because I

Knowing when to take a break

I’m not great with setting limits for myself. I tend to want to use every waking minute of the day doing something productive, and only sleep about 5 hours a night on average. That makes for a lot of productivity in minutes! But going at this speed can really ware

Test It Out, Change It Up

I’ve been working hard trying to master the multitasking of media promotion AND educational technology integration. It hasn’t been easy, but in the past month since learning that a real publisher wants to release my novel, I think I have found a great way to at least think about uniting

The Wonder Years

So, I know full well that life is full of ups and downs. And boy oh boy, have I had my fill of downs, but since entering my thirties, the downs are more palatable in retrospect and the ups…well…they’re through the roof. In the past 3 years,  so many amazing things

Pre-Birthday My Way

I know a lot of people enjoy celebrating their birthday with a big party, a fancy dinner, or a night out on the town. However, I was never much of a partier. Since I am always working, socializing in some way with edtech, or networking, I enjoy the little time

Promo Progress

Today was a big day for getting the word out about the release of my novel, Guardian House! I have been stressed lately with work and life in general, but making any sort of stride with my book promotion is huge for me. It all started when a respected college