Former Wonder Lead Ambassador

Brasdis-Nixon Family

Joined 5 years ago

Samantha Brasdis is a 7th grade reading teacher at Northside Middle School in Norfolk, Virginia. She enjoys an active life with her fiancée Frank and son, Allan. When it comes to the ways in which WONDER inspires the Brasdis-Nixon family, Samantha says, “Thoreau has an amazing quote that kind of sums up how wondering inspires us. He says, ‘The moment we cease to wonder, is the exact moment we cease to live.’ We want to live our lives to the fullest, and we have found that the only way that is possible is through wonder and imagination.”

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Dec 21, 2012

Our WONDERful trip

By: Samantha BrasdisHow do I even begin to explain how amazing our trip was?  I could go into immense detail and precise explanations, however, I ...

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Dec 21, 2012

Lamps and Trees and Bacon, Oh My!

By: Samantha BrasdisWe first visited Lynn's Paradise Cafe, which happens to be only the best kept secret in the state of Kentucky.  It's kind of ...

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Dec 21, 2012

Please Excuse This Interruption

My original plan was to blog entirely about our trip to Louisville and then respond to my students' wonders, however, one of my students seemed to be ...

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Dec 21, 2012

Sally the Camel Has...Two Humps

If you have kids (or have watched Barney when you were a kid), I’m sure you’re well aware of the song about Sally the Camel and how she ...

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Dec 21, 2012

Derby Day Wonder

Did you know there is exactly 116 days, 18 hours, 43 minutes, and 39, no 38, no 37...seconds until the 138th Kentucky Derby?  I didn't either until ...

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Dec 21, 2012

Keeper of the Flame

By: Frank NixonNot to say that Samantha is a control-freak or anything, but she has the tendency to guard most projects that she completes (or in ...

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Dec 21, 2012

More than Meets the Eye

Frank, Allan, and I were talking about all of our experiences since being a Wonderopolis Wonder Family, when Allan said, "Remember that time when ...

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Dec 21, 2012

Common Materials in an Uncommon Place

A couple of years ago, I went to a professional development workshop and as the presenters were introducing ideas, concepts, and materials, I found ...

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Dec 21, 2012

A Green Thumb...and Then Some!

In our area, there are nearly half a million tax preparation businesses, with each of them employing at least one Statue of Liberty and/or one Uncle ...

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