For me, it was my social life that got me up and out each day for school. The learning part, not so much. It wasn’t until my sophomore year in college that my Anthropology professor told me that I wasn’t a good test taker.
“You never miss a class. You always participate. Your assignments are always submitted on time, but when it comes to testing, you’re not able to show what you know. Your tests don’t show who you are as a learner.”
Wow! I thought, I’m NOT a stupid person!
Strength - Based
Throughout my entire academic career, my narrative was that I was not good enough, I was not smart enough, and I did not have what it took to be called on by a teacher.
My entire world shifted from those six necessary words my professor took the time to share. She opened my eyes to a whole new world of who I could be as a learner.
In addition to my limiting narrative, living within my body were all the social pressures I’d experienced as a teen. I carried them with me well into adulthood. They presented as unrealistic fears, insecurity, and dis-ease.
This, coupled with my learning difficulties, made me want to be the teacher for kids and teens that I needed. I wanted to be that teacher who could help students realize their true value. I wanted them to know they were smart and loved, seen and heard, and what they had to say mattered.
Childhood Traumas Don’t Disappear in Adulthood
I’ve grown into a lifelong learner and became the teacher I wanted to be for students. As a New Jersey Honored Educator, I was awarded County Teacher of the Year and New Jersey State Teacher of the Year finalist.
I teach students, parents, and teachers how to tune in to themselves and address academic and emotional needs, so they can tackle all that life and learning throws their way.
If we don't process and manage issues when they are small, we are not prepared to handle them when they are big.
Kids deserve to be well. Kids deserve to be whole.
So do their parents. So do their teachers.
When parents and teachers take time to tune in, they address situations with more clarity for greater productivity.
Childhood traumas don’t disappear in adulthood. They continue to live in the nervous system and can present as parenting and teaching styles that are overbearing, under-involved, rigid or having no discipline, withdrawing affection or being too friendly, shaming, “not my kid” conscious, blaming everyone but the child, and the list goes on.
As an educator, I’ve seen them all. As a parent, I’ve been some of them myself.
The sad fact is, that stress and anxiety levels in students are a major public education issue today. Students trust themselves less, lack resiliency, and the ability to cope with minor disruptions. Year after year, I’ve witnessed these levels increase.
And for families and educators, the same is true. The overwhelm is real.
I can help.
Breathwork, The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and the practice of mindfulness have all taught me how to find my voice, tune into the needs of my inner child, stand in my truth, lessen the overwhelm of life and learning, and empower me to be proud of who I am, where I’ve been, and where I’m headed. I want that for you and your family.Work with Jennifer