My name is Priscille and my mission is to empower parents so that they can support their children to the best of their ability.
(Disclaimer: Long story. So if you want to skip to the shorter version, go straight to the end of the page where you’ll have it in a jiff!)
How did I become a coach?
My story as a coach starts in 2008, even though I didn’t know it yet.
At that point I was lost, and I had been for quite a while… probably for a little more than a year.
Before getting lost, I was a special needs teacher. I loved what I did for a living. And even though I sensed there could be more (I’ll get back to this later…), I absolutely loved teaching and building a relationship with the children I taught.
My days were filled and I had created and then discarded waiting lists for new clients, because the wait would be too long before I would be able to take on those children.
A typical day would look like this: I had one private session with a child early in the morning before school hours. I would then go to the school I worked for and spend the day working with children to give them better learning strategies and tools. At the ring of the bell at 3pm, I would quickly get back home as my next session would start shortly thereafter. Each afternoon I worked with 3 to 4 children. My working day would finish at around 7pm.
It sounds crazy now when I think back about it. But back then I was pretty happy with this and enjoyed it tremendously!
In fact, I carried that same routine all through my pregnancy and up to the day before I gave birth to my beautiful son.
In my head, the scenario that was being played was: “Three months maternity leave and then we’ll get back rolling!”
And BAM! That’s when I got lost.
You see, I hadn’t counted on the fact that this new wonderful little being in my life would be turning things upside down.
So I made choices. The choices were easy to make because I wanted to be present for my baby. I cut out the private sessions at home and started back working at the school. But then the school contract came to an end.
And the turmoil kicked in.
What was I to do now?
Oh, I had plenty of ideas. May be too many for my own good!
It was actually a great opportunity to start anew. What if I could start learning again? Why don’t I take on new studies? But wait, we’ve just had a baby, we need money so I should rather be working. What if I went back to work for a bigger company with more security and stability? Should I be changing careers altogether? But did I really want to get back into the corporate world again with all the stress and the commuting in traffic? May be I should go back to work for a school? But the schools I aimed for would be far away too? What if I perfected a skill I have? Or learn a new one? So, we’re back to the studies then…
Get the picture? That spiral went on, and on, and on.
Until one day I went to see a coach. I didn’t even know he was a coach, I just knew I was seeing someone who might be able to give me a direction.
And give me a direction, he did.
From that point on, I found myself and I started to build the career I have today.
It didn’t happen overnight. It didn’t happen so easily as it sounds. But step by step I built it. And the more it grew, the more I knew that I was on the right path.
So what do I actually do?
Remember when I said earlier that I sensed there could be more to working with children?
The thing is, I’ve always had a different approach to working with children than most special needs teachers do. Why? Because I didn’t train as a teacher.
When I went abroad to study, I knew that I wanted to work with children having learning difficulties, but I also knew that I didn’t want to be a “real” teacher, not with a classroom and the traditional tools. So I chose to study psychology instead.
That gave me a different approach to working with children on their learning. And I’ve always sensed that there was more to it than the actual ‘academic’ retaining of information.
So, when I got the tools and strategies from my coach training, I realized that I was now equipped to empower parents so that they could give the right tools and strategies to their children . I now support families in finding the right dynamic that will help their children learn to the best of their ability.
I also empower teachers and educators to create the learning environment that will most serve them in their classroom.
The way I work best? Using a multidisciplinary approach. I believe that putting many minds together is far better than one bright one. Therefore, whenever possible I use the system (parents, teachers, specialists, etc.) to create the right environment that will allow the most beautiful things to emerge.
My vision is not only to empower the parents I work with, but to empower each and every parent worldwide so that they have effective tools and strategies to use with their kids.
To do that, I would like to create an online community that will be able to pass these on.
If you’d like to be a part of this project stay connected today by liking my facebook pages (PriscilleK & Have Fun with Learning), and following me on twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to the weekly newsletter.
Short story: I got lost not knowing what path to follow. I finally found a purposeful direction and a new career. I am now well on my way to help parents find their direction too. I plan to build a whole big community so that many more parents can be supported worldwide.