I am a teacher, school psychologist and integrative health coach who has served in public schools and private practice for more than 25 years. I dedicate my professional energy toward helping children, adolescents and parents thrive by providing psycho-educational evaluations, counseling and mindfulness instruction.
My educational background:
I earned my BA in Education from Stetson University. Following graduation, I was delighted to accept my dream job as a first grade teacher. That first teaching experience shaped my philosophy of education and changed the trajectory of my career. Many of my students presented with unique learning styles, characteristics and differences. To create an optimal learning environment and individualized learning programs, I sought the help of the school psychologist. That was when I had my first epiphany! I decided to go to graduate school. I applied and earned both an MA and CAS degree from Fairfield University in School Psychology. Now, it is my honor to share my experiences in teaching, assessing, implementing strategies, collaborating with administrators, teachers and families as the Part-Time Director of Admissions and Advancement at The Epiphany School of Charlotte.
School Psychologist, Professional Educator Certificate
Certified Health Coach, Institute of Integrative Nutrition
Certified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor, Mindful Schools
Certified Yoga Instructor 200hr. Lifetime Athletics
My social/emotional trainings:
Creating an effective social skills curriculum is one of my most cherished accomplishments because this program helps children recognize that what they say and do has meaning and that they indeed have an impact on others and the world around them. We called our program ‘Social Smarts’ and it was written with the intent of raising self-awareness and building skills to be implemented in real-life situations and easily reinforced by parents and caregivers. Now, I lead mindfulness training and integrate communication and relationship skills into the programs I teach.
My favorite teacher from my past:
Mr. Albert Cubelli. Mr Cubelli was my 8th grade English teacher. He was a kind-hearted and creative teacher. He seemed to believe in our ability to take on academic challenges and he was known for saying, ‘better readers become better writers.’ I learned how to become a better reader and a writer in his class, and I learned how to place first in the high jump with Mr. Cubelli as my track coach!
What do I love about Epiphany?
I love that The Epiphany School of Charlotte exists! There is a tremendous need for a school where neurodiverse students can thrive and excel. Epiphany students interact with and interpret the world in unique ways! The teachers here support students’ individual differences and showcase their gifts and strengths. By intentionally creating a comfortable and challenging space, Epiphany School is able to meet both the emotional and learning needs of their students. I am delighted to be part of the Epiphany team!
How does teaching and working with children inspire me?
When students demonstrate skills like self-awareness, emotional regulation and mindfulness, in real-life situations, I feel most inspired and encouraged. These are the skills that matter most toward living one’s best life. We all want our children to feel happy and proud of themselves, and when they feel happy and satisfied, we do too.
My favorite quote:
“The mind is like a muscle – the more you exercise it the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.” – Idowu Koyenikan
My favorite movie:
The Wizard of Oz. It’s a classic! I love the character development and how in the end, we discover that what all the main characters sought in life, was already inside them. I believe that we all have the courage, the “smarts”, and the heart to thrive in life; sometimes we just forget and need a little reminder.
My favorite board game:
My favorite book:
For fun, I enjoy anything suspenseful or one with a twist ending. Most of the time you will find me reading the latest neuropsychological research from Dr. Richard Davidson or Dr. Chris Willard.
My favorite character, cartoon, or superhero:
Nemo from “Finding Nemo” is one of my favorite animated characters because he’s adorable, curious and brave!
My Interests and hobbies:
Reading, practicing yoga and mindfulness, spending time with dear friends and family, traveling, spending time on the beach, volunteering with YMSL, watching TCU and Providence Day Football and Lacrosse.
My origins, travels and/or adventures:
This past year I went out of my comfort zone and traveled to the desert of Nevada, the mountains of California, Fort Worth, Texas and to the tropical paradise of Phuket, Thailand. My favorite trip of all was to Ecuador. We spent time with local people, visited many cities and spent time in the Amazon.
My favorite thing to do, place to go, or eatery in Charlotte:
I enjoy going to the Mint Museum for outdoor plays and going to any place where we can listen to live music.