Certificated Educational Therapist
Credentialled Education Specialist - M/M & M/S
Lifetime Certificate - Early Childhood Special Education
Master of Arts International Multicultural Education
Some of my earliest memories are of feeling angry and frustrated in school. Despite my privilege growing up white in suburbia with two college-educated parents, I didn’t feel seen or heard in school. I was identified as gifted and yet I struggled with reading, spelling, and math.
My mother was a teacher and throughout elementary school, she worked with me using hands-on activities related to my areas of interest to remediate and reinforce the concepts I was learning in school. When I was struggling with fractions, we suddenly needed to double or half recipes while baking—and somehow I never caught on. It wasn’t until I was an educator myself, that I began to understand her real motivation.
After years of struggling and extra help at home, I finally mastered reading and math. In middle school and high school, I began to gain confidence in my academic abilities and was fortunate to have teachers who listened to me and encouraged me. I was fortunate to find colleges and universities that supported my natural curiosity and allowed me to become a scholar.
As I transitioned from school to work, I began to discover a deeply held commitment to self-reflection and self-advocacy. In my work in Early Childhood Special Education, it was clear to me how few educators take the time to listen to their young students and truly validate the thoughts and feelings they share.
Over the past 19 years as an Special Education Teacher and Education Specialist, I have worked to create innovative research based programming for struggling students and neurodiverse learners. From mental health support in a day treatment facility to home based instructions for students with medical conditions, I have sought to understand my students, support their self-knowledge, and teach self-advocacy.
As I progress in my career, I have become increasingly aware of the many social, structural, and systemic factors which impact access and opportunity for students and educators. Over the past 10 years, I have sought to cultivate mindfulness, learn about ableism in Special Education, understand racism in our schools and society, and began studying neuroscience in education.
As an Educational Therapist, I am thrilled to work one-on-one with students and educators to support self-regulation, social-emotional learning, mindfulness, and coping skills to maximize outcomes for struggling learners. I know that research-informed data-based individualized academic instruction and intervention services can empower students and change lives.
I am committed to:
creating strengths-based learning opportunities and holistic support services
cultivating mindfulness, compassion, and healing learning trauma
empowering neurodiverse learners through self-discovery and critical pedagogy
providing socially conscious and culturally sensitive consultation and collaboration services for all students, families, and educators, and
striving to embody principles of social justice and antiracism in education
Association for Educational Therapists
Council for Exceptional Children
19 years developing & implementing Special Education programming
6 years building inclusion programs in diverse Bay Area Charter Schools
Extensive experience providing social emotional, behavioral, & mental health support
Passionate about mindfulness, self-regulation, & social emotional learning
Expertise conducting collaborative academic assessments & educational evaluations
Committed to innovative, strengths-based, data-driven individualized instruction
Experience supporting diverse multilingual students ages 2-45 across 4 countries & 3 continents
Holy Names University, School of Education
Educational Therapy Certificate
Member of the Association of Educational Therapists
University of San Francisco, Graduate School of Education
Master of Arts in International Multicultural Education
Teaching While White: White Identity Development and Antiracism for Educators
California State University, Sacramento
College of Continuing Education
Clear Credentials - Education Specialist Mild/Moderate & Moderate/Severe
Lifetime Certificate - Early Childhood Special Education
University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies
Education Abroad - University of Bologna, Italy & University of Ghana, Legon
Master's Projects and Capstones, Scholarship Repository University of San Francisco, May 2017.
From Station Time to Mother's Day: Tales of Teaching First Words
The Teachable Moment: Seizing the Instants When Children Learn (Kaplan Voices Teachers)
Original Edition, June 2010. Kaplan Publishing. Available on Amazon
Teaching While White Workshop: White Identity Development and Antiracism for Educators
Hawaii International Conference on Education - Honolulu, HI (2017)
USF Symposium on Engaged Scholarship - San Francisco, CA (2017)
Teachers 4 Social Justice Conference - San Francisco, CA (2016)
Training & Professional Development
Services are informed by my experience and training with the following program and methodologies. I draw on my expertise, training with brain-based learning, and the individual’s needs to create a highly individualized combination of curriculums and methodologies.
Mindfulness Education Training
Mindful Educator Training, Mindful Life Project
Mindfulness Fundamentals, Mindful Schools
Creating Peaceful Schools Conference, Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center
Residential Meditation Retreats, Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Social Justice Training
Anti-Bias Education for K-12 Educators, Teaching Tolerance
Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence, East Point Peace Academy
Restorative Justice Training, Tiers 1 & 2, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
White and Awakening in Sangha, East Bay Meditation Center
White Privilege and Antiracism, White Privilege Conference
Art & Science of Teaching, Marzano Research
Teaching Excellence Network, Teaching Excellence Network
A Focused Approach to Systematic ELD, Systematic ELD
Visually Structure Learning, Thinking Maps
Positive Behavior Supports for Neurodiverse Students, Wired Differently Seminar
Academic Assessment - CAPA, WJ, KTEA, DIBELS, TOWL, etc.
Services are informed by my experience with the following curriculums. I am not fully certified in each of these but am informed by and incorporate strategies from them in developing a TaylorEd approach for each individual student based on their needs and their cognitive profile.
Social Emotional Learning
Self-Regulation and Emotional Control, Zones of Regulation
Social Emotional Learning Curriculum, Tool Box
Superflex Social Thinking Curriculum, SocialThinking
Teaching Social Competencies, Social Thinking
Orton-Gillingham Academy, Completed 40 Hours of Training
Common Core Curricula
Lucy Calkins Reading Workshop
Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop
Autism Specific Training
TEACCH Autism Program, Professional Certification
Pivotal Response Training, Koegel Institute