Coming from a family of educators, I grew up knowing I would be a teacher. The only thing I didn't know was what I wanted to teach. After more than 20 years in education, I've taught kindergarteners through adults in subjects from study skills to physics. Each teaching experience has been unique and rewarding, but I have found working one-on-one with diverse learners to be my favorite!
I earned a bachelor's degree and teaching certification in physics, secondary education, and special education from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. After a few years in the classroom, I returned to Lewis and earned a Master of Education (Curriculum & Instruction) degree. Since then I have been a classroom and online instructor, college faculty development director, and hospital education manager. Now I am glad to be back working directly with kids again.
I currently live in Moose Lake, Minnesota with my partner, Jason, and our rescue hound Abe. We moved here after growing up in Chicago, and are still adjusting to living in a town of 2500 people. We enjoy exploring different state and national parks, watching sports, and hanging out in the peace and quiet of the north!
Executive Function Coaching
Managing Learning Differences
Some of the greatest discoveries, inventions, businesses, etc. were inspired by people who thought differently and learned differently than others. Try to remember that having learning challenges does not make you less smart or less capable than someone without those challenges.
As a student, I always felt like I was a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. I excelled when I had opportunities to learn in non-traditional ways. I love helping the square pegs recognize their strengths and become more confident in their abilities as learners.
I was never diagnosed with ADD as a kid. I had to figure out how to navigate through my traditional classes without any support--not because there wasn't any available, but because I didn't know I learned differently from others. It was a case of "I didn't know what I didn't know." Parallel has people who know. The sooner you can provide testing and/or support services, the sooner your child can gain the tools needed to flourish.
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