About Me

I am honored that you want to learn about me.   Below I have answered questions people commonly ask when we meet.

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How did you get started working with young people?  

I am a mother of 3 beautiful young adults.   My first career was in accounting and finance.   When my second daughter was born, I decided that I was working too many hours and that I wanted to figure out how to work less and spend more time with my children.   I started a medical transcription and billing service with my sister that we operated from my home.   Shortly thereafter, my husband took a job in Saudi Arabia.   I became president of the mom and preschoolers group on our company camp.  Because I loved music and had taught piano through my high school and college years, I started conducting music play times for all the young children on camp.   I absolutely fell in love with teaching early childhood music, and decided to start a music school when I returned to the U.S.

How did that turn into coaching students for academic success?

Although, I adored teaching early childhood music and piano, I found that the hours, which were largely evenings, once again, took away from my time with my children.    I obtained my teacher certification with the idea that I would teach music in the elementary school setting so that I had a similar schedule to that of my children.    About that time, it became apparent to me that my youngest son was struggling in school, and we found that he had several learning differences including ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and processing speed and working memory deficits.   Because he was highly intelligent, schools would tell me that until there was an achievement gap (he became significantly behind grade level), he did not qualify for any services.  I began searching for resources, and educating myself on methods, strategies, techniques for helping students with such issues.

There are other academic coaching programs available. What compelled you to develop a new one?

Over the years we paid tens of thousands of dollars on tutoring, coaching and academic success programs, and frequently saw very little result.   I began to notice that several things were missing from most programs.   I want other people to benefit from the research I have done, and avoid wasting money and time.   More importantly, I would like to see all young adults reach their full potential at school and in other areas of their lives. 

What do you do in your free time?  

I like to spend evenings watching the sunsets, especially at our lake house, and then enjoying time around the fire pit. I like to cook, and love eating even more. I like hosting family for big gatherings at holiday time. My husband and I are big outdoor cooking enthusiasts. I love to sing, and enjoy participating in church choirs. I also enjoy playing the piano and ukulele.

Tell us about your family.

I have been married to my husband, Dave for 21 years. He is a chemical engineer, and his jobs have taken us all over the world.  We have lived in Saudi Arabia twice, Japan, Alaska, and in Texas. I am a very proud mama of 3 young adults. My oldest daughter, Kelsey, is 26 and works in marketing. She is an amazing, adventurous, and highly successful young woman. My middle daughter, Jessica is 23 and works as a restaurant manager. She is currently going back to school to earn a degree in business. She, too, makes me very proud with a strong work ethic and bubbly personality. My youngest son, Chris, is 18 and is a senior in high school. His first choice is to attend the US Naval Academy, and his second and third choices are to attend the University of Oklahoma or Texas A&M University on an Navy ROTC scholarship. We recently lost our beloved poodle, Max, and hope to find a new dog to love very soon.


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