Joan Young (aka Mancini)

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Gender Female
Industry Education
Occupation Teacher
Location Redwood City, CA, United States
Introduction I am a middle school teacher after teaching Kindergarten/1st grade and 4th grade for many years. I work/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. I also work as a 1:1 coach/tutor with kids who struggles with learning due to challenges like ADHD, depression, executive functioning issues, Asperger's and Dyslexia. 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, 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!