I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where I attended Washington University and completed my bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish with a focus on Latin American Studies. I completed my master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Tennessee. My career experience has focused on supporting adolescents and young adults in multiple settings, including home and school- based behavioral therapy, children’s hospital social work, and currently special education in the Valley supporting high school students as they develop essential independent living and post-secondary readiness skills.
For the past two and a half years I have worked as a high school transition specialist with freshman through senior level students as they develop their executive function, independent living, and post-secondary readiness skills. I teach a daily class that focuses on the understanding, development, and practice of these skills and also support students and their families as they plan for post-secondary experiences that are most appropriate.
The main way I connect with students is to help them explore and establish goals that are relevant to them and what they view to be successful high school experience. After students set their goals, I support them in developing and utilizing tools that they can successfully use across academic and personal platforms. My focus is to help students take ownership as they learn and understand what motivates them to be successful.
I spend most of my free time with my husband and daughter as we explore all of the wonderful things the Valley has to offer. We love to take day trips to escape the heat of the summer and enjoy traveling when we are able to. I also love to bake and craft, as these two activities help me slow down and practice mindfulness as well as those important executive function skills!
My main areas of support are for secondary students as they learn, develop, and practice executive function skills that will help them to be successful both in and outside of the classroom.