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I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Duke and my M.S. in Special Education from Johns Hopkins. During my 20 years as an educator, I have supported hundreds of middle and high school students as they navigate increasing academic, social, and emotional challenges. For the past eight years, I have served as a Learning Specialist at an independent school; the rigorous curriculum, paired with the students' dedication to sports, music and other time-consuming pursuits, has provided many occasions for me to guide and encourage teenagers through demanding situations. Also, as the mother of a teenage son and pre-teen daughter, the familial impact of today's high-intensity environment is never far from home.
When I first learned of the Mindful Self-Compassion and Making Friends with Yourself programs, I was struck by the power of these transformative practices. I was eager to bring MFY to the DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas to equip teens with tools to manage stress, appreciate the moment, and recognize they are not alone in their struggles. MFY cultivates connection and allows teens to grow in their relationships with themselves and others. I am grateful for the privilege of guiding students through this nurturing and empowering program.
As a "recovering perfectionist," I cherish the gift of mindful self-compassion and can only imagine how my adolescent years would have been different if I had given myself permission to respond to my disappointments with kindness and acceptance. I will always be a student of these practices, continuing to learn with each day's experiences. I look forward to every opportunity to explore these concepts alongside my MFY students.
I am pleased to partner with Dr. Kristie Engel in teaching online during the pandemic. Together we have taught dozens of students from across the United States and Canada (and occasionally other countries!).