|Location||Santa Cruz, CA, United States|
|Introduction||I am a 4th grade teacher after teaching Kindergarten/1st grade for many years. I teach in northern California in the San Francisco Bay area. I have an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and I am passionate about helping kids discover their strengths and become excited about learning. Children are puzzles, all put together in their own unique designs. I also work as a 1:1 coach/tutor with kids who struggles with learning due to challenges like ADHD,depression, Executive Functioning Disorder, Asperger's and Dyslexia. I also work with higher achieving kids who sometimes struggle with standardized entrance exams. I learn more and more each day from them as I see them build their awareness and confidence that they "can learn" when given both strategies that work for them along with validation that everyone learns "their way."|
|Interests||I love all things creative! I love music, making crazy cards for holidays, taking photos of beautiful sunsets, working out, running on the beach, writing Squidoo lenses, baking delicious cookies! I also love exploring new ways to engage kids in the classroom using positive emotions to set the tone and safety for taking risks in learning!|
|Favorite Movies||Love Actually|
|Favorite Music||I love John Patitucci, of course because he is my brother but more because his compositions resonate with me, I love so many different artists that I don't know how to start here!|
|Favorite Books||Eat Pray Love, Love Walked In, Who Moved My Cheese|
If your whole body were a hot air balloon, would you stop eating spicy food?
Hmm..difficult question, but yes I suppose I would!