Just a crazy middle school math teacher turned instructional math coach.


Hello!  I’m Amber Thienel and I’m currently in my first year as an instructional math coach at a middle school in a small K-8 district.  I currently am coaching my colleagues at the same school where I taught 7th grade math for the last 11 years.

This blog is my attempt to document and possibly share some of my ideas as I try to figure out this whole coaching thing.  Hopefully, you will find something useful or interesting to you.

Here are a few things about me personally:

  • I absolutely love my husband and my Weimaraner.  We go on a lot of adventures together.
  • I’m a trail runner, rock climber, Pure Barre enthusiast, and general outdoor adventurer.  I have ran a 50k and several half marathons.  I have attended almost 200 Pure Barre classes.
  • I love to travel.  My favorite places at this point are southern Utah, Greece, Iceland, and Portugal.
  • I read a lot.  I read on average 5 magazine or blog articles a day.  I have a goal to read 12 books in 2016.
  • I hate Oreos.  Please don’t hold it against me.  I hope you still enjoy my blog!


This is Esteban


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