About Me

Welcome to my little corner of the world!

My name is Erin, and I'm a middle school ELA teacher in suburban Illinois. I began teaching in 2006 when I kissed Corporate America goodbye in search of a more meaningful career! I've worked in both public and charter schools in every setting from SPED to Gifted & Talented. No matter my placement or challenges, my love for my students is what gets me through each day.

My extra-curricular activities include: reading (mostly) young adult novels; (re)organizing anything and everything; creating products for my TPT store; pretending I don't hate to cook; browsing the millions of pictures of my friends' children on Facebook, planning my dream life on Pinterest; filling online shopping carts with items I will never buy; watching hair, makeup, and nail art tutorials on YouTube; hanging out with my niece; and watching The Real Housewives of... Everywhere.

My favorite part about blogging is developing relationships with other teachers. I'm so grateful for the friends I've made who have helped me grow as a writer and an educator. Blogging really should count toward professional development hours!

I invite you to get comfortable and stay as long as you like. Don't be afraid to let me know what you think! :)


  1. I really wish Bravo would pick us up as a Real Teachers of the Interwebs series. Don't you? Let's write Andy Cohen!!!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. OH MY GOSH!!! That's the best thing I've EVER heard!!! We soooo should do that!!!! I'm TOTALLY IN!!!

      Lit with Lyns

  2. You're so talented at coding! Love what you've done with the blog! :-)

  3. Love these ideas! Wish you lived nearby, b/c this is not in my forte (don't think I've ever used that word) at all, so I could use all the help I can get on this end! So funny to read that you originally wanted to be a talk show host, b/c that's exactly what I wanted to be...I guess teaching middle school is the next best thing?!? Glad to have found another middle school blog, as these seem to be harder to find!

    Lit with Lyns

  4. Hey Lady,
    I was going to email you but couldn't find an address! I teach in the QC area, what side of Chicago are you on? So much of what you've written across your blog could have come out of my mouth! I love your style!

    1. I live in the western suburbs and work in the far north suburbs (near Great America). In the future, you can always email me at misslifesaverblog@gmail.com or reach out on Facebook or Twitter. :)

  5. Hi,

    I happened to chance upon your blog and found it very interesting!

    We have recently launched a science app that uses augmented reality to enhance classroom teaching. The app has 3D models for kindergarten to grade 12. I thought you might want to check it out and may be review it on your blog, if possible.

    It is a paid app(with a few models free) but in case you are interested in trying it out I will be happy to provide you with a free copy.

    The link to the app is:



    You can also search for the app on the app store as 'Augmenter'.

    Do let me know if you would be interested. I am really Looking forward to your response.

    happy teaching!