I'm an educator, writer, academic and life coach, white mother of bi-racial boys, and wife of a kick-ass man who's just starting to follow his passion to align his paid work with his passion to support access and equity in education.
I'm a bit of a spiritual mystic—learning more and more to trust my intuition and learn from Spirit through my body and my imagination, as well as through other people and more traditional means. So if you hang out with me, it's likely you're comfortable with deep conversations and some stuff other people might think is a little too "woo woo."
I've got a pretty kick-ass day-gig now and some fancy letters after my name, but that's not what got me here.
The idea of thriving for equity was born out of my pain and failure.
- I was an idealistic, inner-city teacher who cared deeply and burnt out quickly.
- I was a stay-at-home mom who expected mothering to feel like my "highest calling" and found that being home with a baby left me feeling depressed and empty instead.
- Then I became a "working mom," which was a little better, but I never could figure out how to care for myself, my kids and all the other stuff.
- I tried the push-harder, live-on-less, guilt-motivated, self-sacrificing path - as a mom, a teacher, a childcare director, a PhD student, and a professor... and even as a spiritual seeker.
- Always, always I wanted to do good and to BE good in the world. But so often that "doing good and being good" thing seemed to conflict with my desires, my needs, and the nourishment of my soul.
I follow my joy. I listen to my desires. I trust my intuition. And, amazingly, the positive impact I am making is increasing, not decreasing. My ability to love and show compassion is expanding. I'm becoming a courageous leader in ways that constantly surprise me. My health has improved and so has my bank account.
I still think there’s a lot that needs changing about our world and we should do our parts to change it.
I just think we start that change by seeking and finding our own particular version of joy, ease, power, creativity, compassion and deep love. Not by starving our souls. Not by ignoring our bodies. Not by leaving our bank accounts empty.
So, I coach social justice oriented educators (and sometimes moms and college students) to find and follow their callings and live with joy and ease—THRIVING. Not just surviving. Not constantly striving to meet standards that can never be met.
Then I watch them change the world.
I want to see us grown-ups stand up and meet our responsibility to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect and given access to educational opportunities that ensure that they have a chance to bring what they have to offer into the world.
So, I provide "behind the scenes" support to visionary educators, helping them to figure out how to keep showing up, finding hope, and loving kids and families in places where dignity, respect, and adequate resources aren't easy to come by.
I want to see more women and people of color lead deeply satisfying lives in which they act with power, confidence, clarity and joy to bring what they have to offer into the world.
So, I help them access healing and success by challenging the belief systems, stories and assumptions that limit their options from the inside; then I support them as they take action to make the new stuff REAL.
I co-create with my clients—and through historical research—new stories of women and African Americans that change how we see of ourselves and others, what others see of us.
As part of my own adventure in thriving for equity, I recently relocated across the country from Philadelphia to Los Angeles with my husband and my youngest son, an avid high school basketball player. I miss "my" Wissahickon woods and the friends who walk in them with me, the Finger Lakes of New York, fall, and the walkable cities of the Northeastern part of the U.S. But I appreciate the ease of the Southern California climate and the space it offers me and my husband to experiment, expand and explore. I watch my oldest son from afar as he's following his dreams (check out saintvnyc.com!) and attempt, quite imperfectly, to keep in touch with friends and family around the country... and to remember to walk the dog.
- PhD in Childhood Studies, MA in Educational Ministry, BA in Elementary Education
- Certified Academic Life Coach
- Completed Tara Mohr's Playing Big Facilitator's Training
- Martha Beck coach-in-training
- Expert on the history of play, early childhood education and African American education
- Former preschool teacher, child-care director and college professor
- Mother of biracial children who has struggled with mothering/career tensions
- HSP (highly sensitive person) who wants to change the world, but sometimes has trouble just handling the noise of life
- Survivor of depression, anxiety and compulsive eating
- Contemplative spiritual seeker within and beyond the Christian tradition
Me and my crew.