A Happy Learner began in 2013 as Happy Speech Therapy, an online store hosted on TpT featuring products for SLPs. Over the years, the name changed to A Happy Learner in anticipation of products developed for other educators: ESL teachers, ELA teachers, homeschool parents, & more.
The online space representing A Happy Learner has changed over time. Most speech and teacher blogs felt to me like they were designed for students rather than educators. I longed for a cozy, welcoming space online where I could learn, grow, & restore myself as an educator. This site, and its accompanying Instagram & Pinterest pages, is my attempt to create that space.
I hope you’ll feel welcome here as I work to create a happy place for educators. Grab your tea (or coffee cup), curl up with your favorite blanket, and join me!
In this space, you’ll find content and resources in 3 areas:
1 | Speech Therapy and Special Education
My day job is as a part-time SLP working with middle and high schoolers in a public school setting and over the past 7 years, I’ve worked with students from preschool to graduation. In this space, I share resource pages designed to keep you up-to-date with research and resources on a variety of topics and therapy ideas to inspire you in your own work with students.
2 | Literature and Writing
When I’m not at work, you’ll find me nurturing my hobbies as an avid bookworm and writer. I knew I would one day want to share more of that passion with students via you, their teacher! In this space, I’ll share book reviews & lists and classroom ideas for developing a love of literature and writing in students.
3 | Lifestyle
Being an educator is hard work. It’s all too easy to let our jobs consume our identities, leading to the stress and unhappiness that often leads to burnout and leaving the profession. I’ve been there! So here, I’ll also share resources, ideas, and thoughts on living well, both as an educator and an individual. This space will encompass life at work, life at home, & life on the road, as well as physical, spiritual, and mental & emotional wellness.
Hi there! I’m so glad you found me here!
My name is Christin and I am the designer & author behind the resources and content you will find at A Happy Learner.
I started my TpT store in 2013 when I began my CF year in Speech-Language Pathology. I often joke that I was thrown straight to the wolves for my first year: middle school. I struggled at times to find materials that were both thorough & effective and age-appropriate, so I began designing my own. After a few years with pre-schoolers and elementary students, I found myself again with middle and high schoolers. And I’ll be honest – I’ll take my older kiddos over preschool & elementary any day! Both in my daily therapy and in my material design, I appreciate the art of working with and designing for older students.
Although I love my job as a public school SLP, I, like you, am more than just an educator. In this blog space, I hope to encourage you as an individual pursuing happiness and wellness. So who am I, really?
I’m married to my best friend (cliche, much?) and design helper. We don’t have any children of our own, but have spent years pouring into my younger siblings who call us their other parents.
According to all of the assessments, I’m an INFJ, 4w5, Hufflepuff.
I’m obsessed with hot tea, Tolkien, CS Lewis, & all things English.
I’m happiest during a thunderstorm, wrapped in a blanket, wearing a cardigan, and reading a book while sipping the aforementioned tea.
I love being at home and traveling in just about equal measure. I’m particularly fond of the U.K. and Europe and I prefer rocky beaches, deep, green forests and mountains to sandy shores.
I enjoy neutral colors, natural fabrics, and holistic wellness. My husband calls me his hygienic hippie.
I’m a Christian who believes deeply that faith creates incredible meaning out of the most ordinary moments.
Speech Therapy & Special Education
Speech Therapy Product Overviews
Research Page: Language
Research Page: Articulation
Research Page: Fluency & Voice
Therapy Ideas: Language
Therapy Ideas: Articulation
Therapy Ideas: Fluency & Voice
Therapy Ideas: General
Literature & Writing
For SLPs & Teachers
Thoughts on SLP Life
Wellness: Mental & Emotional
Home & Travel