Why I didn't rebrand after marriage.

If you don't follow me closely on social media, you may not know that I'm no longer Miss Johnston. On June 12, 2015, I married the love of my life, and with that it was goodbye Miss Johnston hello Mrs. Paull. I even used the hasghtag on Instagram to document the wedding planning with #MissJ2MrsPaull

Why didn't I change my blog/TpT/social media to reflect my married name? Let me tell you.

As a young teacher (heading into year 6 for the 17-18 school year), Miss Johnston means a lot to me. It's kind of hard to explain to a non-teacher...or even a teacher who isn't married. It was like this piece of my teaching career that I didn't want to give up. It was who I was to my students...my students as a student teacher, my first students as a REAL teacher in middle school, and my students who I taught my first 2 years in elementary as a 3rd grade teacher. Holding onto Miss Johnston's Journey was my way of holding onto the beginning, where I started this whole journey...kind of crazy when you think about it. I started this blog/social media teacher journey the summer of 2013, just a 23 year old who had just finished her first 6 months of teaching in her own classroom, preparing to for her first full year teaching in 3rd grade, being completely clueless about what I was about to get myself into. And although I went from The Journey of a beginning teacher to Thriving in 3rd to finally Miss Johnston's Journey, Miss Johnston is still who I am...who I have been, and who I always will be.

I was recently asked by a Instagram friend if it bothers Jason that I didn't rebrand when we got married, and I had never thought of that, I just assumed it wouldn't. So I asked him...and this is what he responded with, "No...I literally just don't care. I mean...why would it matter? It doesn't bother me one bit." So that's good! I definitely don't need to rebrand! HA! He really doesn't care much about my whole blog/social media/TpT thing. Typical of most husbands, I think.

I was inspired and encouraged to write this post after my friend, Sarah Plumitallo, wrote a post, My Name Matters: A Challenge for All,  that really resonated with me as an educator. I encourage ALL OF YOU to read it and reflect on it. She also shared her name story on Instagram Live. If you don't follow Sarah, you have to! She is one of my favorites to follow as she ALWAYS has me thinking and reflecting on myself as an educator, and pushes me to be better for my students. Share your name story, too, and make sure you tag Sarah, so she can see!
My Name Matters: A Challenge for All

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