I was the kid in school...
I was the kid in school who wondered why we learned abstract Math and Science concepts rather than skills that were relatable to adult life.
I was a kid in school who shut down because I had too many emotions to even begin to think about what was happening in my classroom or what my teacher was talking about. From about the 4th grade, I remember questioning why taking soccer, where he shined, from my brother to "motivate" him in school was a good idea.
I spent most of my time at home in my bedroom escaping in books. I was also the kid that never turned in any of the required book reports during the seventh grade and failed my 7th grade Reading class when in fact I had read 114 books that year.
Looking back, I always was who I am today. I am someone who cares deeply about teaching and learning, someone who seeks relevancy in education, someone understands that we won't engage kids until we meet their needs, and someone who has a heart for kids in need of support.
I wrote I Can Learn When I’m Moving: Going to School With ADHD http://bit.ly/icanlearnwhenimove with my 9 year old son from the unique perspectives of a child with ADHD and a mother who is also a teacher. I have seen both personally and professionally how children struggle to be understood and how adults are often at a loss with how to handle the difficult behaviors associated with ADHD.
I believe that through "whole class accommodations" teachers can proactively reduce challenging behaviors, address many of the needs of students, and increase learning for ALL. I continue to learn, teach, write, speak, and advocate.
I teach Spanish in Southern California near the Mexican border at Imperial High School to some of the greatest kids on the planet. Our school is in a little town with a lot of heart! I'm originally from New York City where I gained a love of culture and travel.
My greatest accomplishments by far are my four children: Nicholas who is an Officer in the US Marines, Rose and Julia, my identical twins who inspire me to be a role model for them, and my brilliant ADHDer, Jason.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish from the University of Florida, and Master's Degrees in both Secondary Education and Education Administration from the University of Phoenix. I translated Todos Pueden Aprender Matemáticas and El Cuento del Perdón.
In addition to teaching and writing, I enjoy speaking and consulting at schools, click on Learn More or send me an email if you would like to chat about me visiting your school either virtually or in person.