My story begins in 1991, I had graduated from college with a Bachelors of Science degree in Recreation and was working as a flight attendant, which was a lot of fun, yet not completely fulfilling. I loved kids and saw how naturally drawn to me they were and this was definitely reciprocal, so I decided to go back to college and get a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. While I was working on my degree, I was substitute teaching and seemed to end up in Special Education classrooms all the time. I was very drawn to kids with special needs, so I ended up getting my Masters Degree in Special Education as well as a certification in English as a Second Language. I then began my journey teaching kids with special needs. I have been an inclusion teacher as well as a self contained teacher, the Director of Academic Support and Enrichment, where I was responsible for keeping updated on all special education laws and practices as well as implementing them in a prek through 12th grade school and most recently an Instructional Coach for Bell Power Scholars program. These positions have provided me extensive knowledge of Special Education laws and regulations, experience with academic as well as behavioral support in prek -12th grade, knowledge and expertise developing and providing staff development and consultation, and the ability to deal effectively with a variety of people and personalities.
My journey with horses started at the age of seven when my dad took me horseback riding and that passion has only grown over the years. I rode as often as I could and leased horses whenever I could. In 1996 I bought my first horse, Prancer,and I still have him today. It wasn’t until a number of years of owning him that I realized how much he taught me and the gift that horses can provide to your life, not just for enjoyment, but also for self growth and healing. When I made that connection, I immediately had a desire to share that with the world and help them see the gift that had been given to me. So finally I put my passion into place and got Equine Experiential Education Association Certified and I am currently working on training toward certification as an Equine Experiential Education Association Practitioner.
It is my desire to help you see why the quote “there is something good about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of man”