I'm Craig McClellan -- also known as "Mr. M" or, more often, "Mr. M Can You Sharpen My Pencil." I'm currently in grad school to earn a master's degree in elementary education, and I'm teaching 2nd grade in the public school system. I worked as a freelance musician for five years after graduating from college in 2009, but I also began substitute teaching part time in 2010. Through the next four years of subbing, I fell in love with teaching, and in 2014, I decided to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher.
I not only love teaching and working with kids, but keeping things organized. I love creating systems to increase productivity and efficiency and streamline processes in my daily life. I also try to keep my work "paperless" as much as possible using tools like Evernote. I've become very passionate about this aspect of my life and want to innovate ways to implement these strategies and tactics within the realm of teaching.
This blog is a marriage of those two passions. The Class Nerd is intended to be a resource for other teachers, college and graduate students, or anyone who would like to wrap some structure around their life. It'll also be part "field notes" as I share what I'm learning in school as well as teaching -- and funny stories. Some are just too good not to share.
If you'd like to know more about me or have any questions about how to utilize the resources on The Class Nerd, feel free to reach out to me here.