CONFIDENT SOLUTIONS, LLC
BRIDGING THE GAP BY EMPOWERING CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND SCHOOLS THROUGH MAKING MINDFUL CONNECTIONS.
My final year at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I saw an advertisement to apply for participation in a study from UCLA working with children with Autism. After being accepted into the program and receiving training, my love for working with children with unique needs was sparked. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNC-C, and moved to Memphis to attend graduate school for Special Education. Throughout my masters program, I worked as an inclusion therapist and as an advocate for families. I helped my clients (children diagnosed with Autism and their families) by giving them the tools that they needed to succeed in an inclusive environment in schools as well at at home. Working in conjunction with occupational, physical, and speech therapists, I knew that my love for special education was here to stay. There is no greater joy than seeing a child make successes and it is an honor to have a part in that success.
After teaching for a year in a school for children with exceptional needs, I moved back to Charlotte to be closer to my family. I taught Third grade and Kindergarten at The Charlotte Jewish Day School for five years. After having my third son, I took a leave from teaching to be home with my children. While being home, I started a part time photography business. Becoming a family photographer brought that joy of working with families and children once again. I have always felt that connecting with families and children was important. I love listening to someone else’s story. In 2014-2015, I worked as an exceptional education teacher and then as an interim EC Coordinator for Pioneer Springs Community School. I have continuously grown my knowledge in all areas of disabilities (especially in autism, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, and emotional disabilities). I believe it’s important to look at the whole child in determining the best ways to help him/her. I have completed the comprehensive Orton-Gillingham training and am passionate about helping children overcome reading difficulties through tutoring.
Having four children, one with unique needs and an extensive IEP, has created the balance of seeing the world of special education from the eyes of a parent as well as the eyes of an educator. I feel it is important to not only hear the child’s needs, but also to be aware of the needs of the parents and the school. My overall training and experience is as vast and unique as the children that I have had the pleasure of working with thus far.
I began Longwood College as an education major. I was excited to work with kids and had initially planned on teaching 2nd grade. Then I took a psychology class and LOVED it. As I was trying to figure out if I should change my major, my dad suggested that I look into Speech Language Pathology. As soon as I took the intro course, I was hooked. What a great combination of education and psychology! After graduating from Longwood College, I worked for 2 years in my hometown of Halifax County, Virginia in the public schools. I decided it was then time to attend graduate school and received my Masters degree from Radford University.
Throughout my professional career I have worked in a variety of settings: home health, long-term care, hospitals, hospice care, private practices, and schools. All of these gave me the experience of helping people with a wide range of ages. While I loved each setting and learned valuable experience along the way, my heart was always drawn to be with children. I have worked in all facets of the educational system holding roles as a speech language pathologist, Dean of Students, EC Coordinator, and Assistant Director. Working in a variety of roles has given me the experience of gaining first hand knowledge with a variety of disabilities, helping meet the needs of children in both the home and classroom settings.
I am very passionate about helping children be successful, and by extension the people in their lives that love and care for them. My strengths come from my vast experience coupled with having a child with special needs myself. I have been on both sides of the table, and I know how difficult it can be in every role involved in setting up a child to succeed under the confines of the law.
Over the last couple of years, Christina and I have had many conversations about special education. We both are passionate about helping the child, the family, and the school be a team in helping the child succeed. We both also know first hand what it feels like to participate as a parent as well as an educator.