Baby Phoenix has arrived!!

The Global Pen is proud to introduce the much-anticipated arrival of…


Born on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 8:18 a.m.

8 pounds

20 inches

100% perfection

Future football player, soccer star, blogger, teacher, president, rocket scientist, difference maker...

Future football player, soccer star, blogger, teacher, president, rocket scientist, difference maker…

Thank you to all of my friends and colleagues who wished me well with a safe and easy labor…your prayers (and mine!) came true!  I’ll go ahead and brag here…it was the fastest, smoothest delivery EVER!  I’m not even kidding when I say, the doc wasn’t even in the room when Phoenix hit the atmosphere.  The nurse had one glove on.  Mommy’s makeup was intact.  I’m certain it was all the prayers and good vibes being sent from my friends, fellow teachers, and loved ones that got us through it, so THANKS 🙂

Mommy's little prince has arrived!

Mommy’s little man…my prince has arrived!

“A baby is the beginning of all things…WONDER, HOPE, a dream of POSSIBILITY…we never knew LOVE until now.”

I’ll be taking some time to enjoy our latest edition to the Pavich family, but with my new muse by my side, I’ll have plenty to blog about for all three courses, so keep in touch!  And yes, my academic posts will be sprinkled with loosely related, baby adorableness, so get ready for lots of warm and fuzzy clipart to accompany my updates and inspirations in education!  (Fine, you can knock off points in the ‘focus’ column of the rubric if you must…)

Speaking of pictures, I have a great story for you…(it’s a quick one, I promise!)…

Once Phoenix arrived, I couldn’t wait to have the hospital photographer come by to take his picture.  And though people always tell me don’t get ‘suckered’ by hospital photography because it’s expensive, etc., etc., this is one Mommy Myth I’ll dismiss right now because it brought me not just one great gift (in the form of photos), but another surprise that brought tears to this teacher’s eyes…

Nicky Rhea Photography

All newborn photos compliments of Mom365 and Nicky Rhea Photography

When I opened the door to greet the photographer, I was overwhelmed by what I saw…the ADULT standing there was one of my former STUDENTS!  All grown up with a real job and some REALLLLL talent 😉

Not only is Nicole doing amazing work at the hospital (she has the best job next to ours, I swear!), she also has her own photography business.  And the best part about it all, she does both jobs alongside her husband, David, who is as equally sweet, kind, and gentle as Nicky is.

As educators, it is our aim to support our students’ talents both in and out of the classroom setting.  But our work doesn’t end at graduation; perhaps one of the greatest gifts of teaching is the lifelong reward it grants us.

We get to watch our students dream about the great, big world when they are young, but sometimes, we even get to watch them conquer it in adulthood.

As I watched her photograph my son, interact with her husband (who she is actually teaching the art of photography to!), and keep conversation with me (it’s been a while!), I was bursting with joy to see that Nicky has before her just what I wish for all my students: the authentic happiness of doing what she loves for a living.

In my ongoing efforts to support her, I want to take a moment to promote the talents of Nikki Rhea Photography.

Here are a few more snapshots she took in honor of our new arrival and bundle of JOY!  (Please note that the photos taken here were composed through Mom365, the hospital company Nicky works for…I don’t know how all that ‘photo cred’ stuff works, so I want to be sure I attribute credit properly somehow here!)

Dream BIG, little one ;-)

Dream BIG, little one 😉

Stars in his eyes already...anything is possible, Phoenix!

Stars in his eyes already…anything is possible, Phoenix!

The innocence of a lamb, the courage of a lion.  Phoenix will be resilient and strong!

The innocence of a lamb, the courage of a lion. Phoenix will be resilient and strong!

Handsome and father, like son!

Handsome and kind…like father, like son!


Jill Pavich, NBCT and baby Phoenix

PS…wondering about Willow?  I think this smile says it all…

Big Sister couldn't be happier :-)

Big Sister couldn’t be happier 🙂

8 responses

  1. Christina Gray | Reply

    Congratualtions to you and your beautiful family, Jill. If I wasn’t convinced before, I am now, that you are indeed, Superwoman!

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    1. Aww thank you, Christina!! I am so happy to hear from you…how are things?? 🙂 🙂 🙂


  2. Congratulations to the beautiful and picture perfect Pavich family Maxine Sapio/ boca middle newbie to the global pen

    Sent from my iPhone

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    1. Hi, Maxine! Funny thing…I was just thinking of you today because I’m in the process of refreshing my quarterly plans page. Feel free to check out the updates I’ve made to the Q1-Q4 at-a-glance tab. I’ve linked my actual lesson plans for the first 9 weeks, along with many of the handouts/materials I’ll use to get us through it 🙂 I hope this is helpful as you prep our aspiring high schoolers. Best of luck with your new curriculum and keep me posted on your successes!


  3. LaTrell Kielbasa | Reply

    Congratulations Jill!! Beautiful family!! I don’t know how you juggle it all!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, LaTrell! It’s great to hear from you!


  4. Jill, congratulations! He couldn’t have a more wonderful mother – you are a great inspiration to us all with your generosity, creativity, energy and wit. Enjoy your family, and know that so many blessings and heaps of great karma are directed towards you and yours.


  5. Congratulations! So excited for you!

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