Ahoj! Hi! My name is Danielle. Until recently, I spent my life believing I was going to be an elementary music teacher. I finished my degree in music education in 2013 and after a very stressful student teaching experience and a college professor holding me back, I wasn’t so sure anymore that teaching was what I wanted to do. I took a job as a nanny with two rambunctious kids and am still working there today. I rescued a kitten who is my shadow, snuggle buddy, and constant source of entertainment. In 2015, I married my best friend, Jordan and we work hard every day to be better people, partners, and adults.
During my senior year of college, I was assigned to do a field work project in my world music class and chose to look into Czech music. I knew I was Czech; my family baked kolache and ate pork and dumplings, but I didn’t know anything about the Czech community. I got in contact with a local guy who played button accordion, and began learning about the instrument. His girlfriend saw my progress and dedication, and suggested I compete in the Miss Czech-Slovak Nebraska Pageant.
Four months later I became Miss Czech-Slovak Nebraska, that Fall I studied abroad in Brno, Czech Republic, and the following year I won the title of Miss Czech-Slovak US- 1st Runner Up. I immersed myself in genealogy, sewed authentic Czech costumes, took Czech language lessons, and became obsessed with learning everything I could about my ancestors and the country they emigrated from. Because of these experiences and my research into my heritage, my life and view of the world has changed drastically.
The MyCzechList Blog
I created MyCzechList for anyone searching for identity through their ancestry. I want to enlighten and inform my readers about their Czech heritage by providing information about the Czech communities in the US and through stories about Czech culture and traditions. By instilling this knowledge in others I hope to not only entertain, but also preserve these experiences and opportunities for future generations.