I am an elementary school art teacher with 17 years experience. I have a BFA in Commercial Art and Illustration, a Masters in the Art of Teaching, and am an Associate Certified Academic Life Coach.
My very first day of teaching—ever—was September 11, 2001. I was working in a small school in Hunterdon County, NJ, about 60 miles west of New York City. I was excited to begin this new phase of my career, having left 15 years in the corporate world.
I did not teach one class that day. Instead, I sat at the front door of the school signing students out and comforting distraught parents. As I sat there, I had a clear view of Rt. 78, one of the main arteries that lead into the city. I watched as police, fire and rescue vehicles raced east to an fate unknown. That day was a powerful lesson, and not just for the obvious reasons. It taught me that education is like no other profession. We don’t deal with widgets; we deal with people, each one different and unique, destined for different journeys, and subject to the unexpected events of life that can throw us off course.
Why I became an Academic Life Coach
With the increased emphasis on high stakes testing and accountability measures over the past 15 years, education has become much more stressful and demanding. Teenagers and young adults face many challenges both inside and outside of school, but those challenges can be overcome if one has a path and a plan. I became an academic life coach because I want to help high school and college students find their own, unique path, and unlock the keys to their academic and, ultimately, their personal success.