Marcie Shea is Richmond native currently living in the WestEnd. She is a mom to two young children, wife, dressmaker, former physics teacher, breast cancer survivor, and joy chooser.

To Santa or Not To Santa?

The Santa decision is a big one for families that celebrate Christmas. There is no one best approach. I'm not going to begin to suggest what I think is best for your family. That's...
5 Things to do before kindergarten

5 Things to Practice the Summer Before Kindergarten

It’s July. Next comes August with September hot on its heels. And with September comes the first day of school. For some, it will be the very first day of school. Starting kindergarten is exciting...

Words Matter…And They Don’t

A few years ago, I applied for and became a finalist for a local government appointment. Within minutes of the announcement of the finalists, the internet suddenly had opinions about me. Many of the “facts” informing...

To My Daughter the Night Before Kindergarten

To my daughter the night before kindergarten- Tomorrow, you are going to be great. 
I’m not saying this as an encouraging “I think you can.” I know you are going to have a great day. You...

Preschool Isn’t Babysitting

Here are the facts: I’m a stay-at-home mom. I send my kids to preschool. Part of the reason I chose to stay home was to share all the little moments with my kids. So it might...

The Non-College Dream

Last month, Henrico County Public Schools hosted its second annual Career and Technical Education signing day. This event gives the same celebration to vocational students signing with employers as to student-athletes signing with college athletic...

It’s Time for Kindergarten Registration

It's Kindergarten Registration Day! We are registering my youngest today for kindergarten and are so excited. If this is your first time at kindergarten registration, here are a few tips: 1. Make sure your child's birthday...

3 Mom Tech Devices from the Non-Tech Mom

As a physics teacher, people make the assumption that I have all the latest tech devices. I don't. I held out on getting a smartphone until 2013 and still only have a plan with...

Sometimes It’s Not About Priorities: What I Learned When I Went Back to Work

At the end of the fall, one of the high schools called me. They had lost one of their AP physics teachers with less than 2 weeks until midterm exams. They asked if I...

A Teacher’s Plea for Course Selection: Don’t Just Sign the Form

The end of January is the middle and high school course enrollment window for many area public schools. A form comes home with all the recommendations for the next year and you sign off...