2nd Degree Black Belt
South Overland Park
Why do I like teaching children?
Their willingness to learn, grow and discover they can do difficult things, if they give themselves the chance to try. When given the opportunity to fail, they discover success in the little things, that will hopefully start laying the groundwork to lead them to the really big accomplishments some day.
What do I love most about my job?
I look forward to the “Ah-Ha!” Moments….. the ones where their eyes light up, and they reconsider their self limitations, and they begin to tug at the thread that reveals the best version of themselves.
What is your favorite quote?
I believe in the power of positive affirmation. Each morning I wake up and see 3 quotes on my wall, 1-Live by grace, not perfection, 2-Inspire, 3-Weird is the beginning of awesome, Aubrey Hepburn said, “Nothing is Impossible, the word itself says, I’m Possible!”
What other hobbies do you have?
I’m a single mom with 2 dogs, 3 kids, in 3 schools; elementary, Middle School, and Highschool. Every day, they silently remind me I still have a lot to learn regarding being a mom. Every age and stage presents its own set of challenges. I find it imperative to allow yourself to be humbly confident enough to say, I am still learning and growing too! I grew up in a home with the growth mindset of; if it was broke, you fixed it. If you didn’t know how, you learned, and give 100% effort 100% of the time. That simple ideology evolved into enjoying multiple hobbies and a life long love of learning and teaching. I have a full home workshop, currently working towards an ASA Certification, (Sailing) and NASM certifications. I have been Padi scuba certified since 16 yrs old, learned to slalom waterski at 10 and still ski, snow ski every winter, and still back country ski, used to be a competitive figure-skater, (yes, triple axel) used to play, referee, and coach soccer, (still love the game) and always will be a Black-Belt.