Position at the Hallowell Todaro ADHD Center:
How long have you been working at the Hallowell Todaro ADHD center?
A year and a half (started in January 2017).
Where did you grow up?
Rocky Hill, NJ (right near Princeton, NJ)
What are your favorite books / TV shows / movies?
- Book: Shadow of the Wind
- TV Shows: Friends and, currently, The Crown
- Movies: I can never remember the names of the good ones!
What is your favorite sport and/or sports team?
I am a runner and skier. I am a hometown fan of the Sounders, the Reign, the Mariners and the Seahawks. But I am a Red Sox fan by marriage.
Complete the following sentences:
When I’m not at work, you can find me....
with my family.
When I want to de-stress, I...
My favorite time of year is...
My favorite thing to cook is...
something with a rainbow of colors, lots of veggies!
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to...
New Zealand. It’s always been on my list!
What led you to pursue a career helping others?
I have always been someone who puts other people’s needs before my own. From a young age, I loved working with kids. There is an amazing energy that comes from kids that adults have a lot to learn from. I see myself as someone who helps others through facilitation and guidance.
What education, skills and expertise do you bring to your role?
I have over 7 years of classroom teacher experience that I bring to my role. I am also the parent of two young people and understand the complicated life of a family. I am also and Advanced Certified Next Generation Yoga teacher for children as well as I’ve completed the Mindfulness for Educators training course. I like to incorporate mindfulness practices into my coaching regularly.
Who/what inspires you?
My own children inspire and challenge me every day. I am motivated to be the best person I can and to model compassion and commitment for them to see.
What’s your personal philosophy/approach toward the work you do?
You are stronger, smarter, braver and more creative than you think you are. Kids need to believe that they have the potential for greatness no matter what obstacles stand in their way.
What is one small thing people can do to improve their lives and increase their happiness?
Go outside and unplug! Take time to go for a walk around the block, clear your head and notice where you are. This simple event can make all the difference in your day. Oh and also, make a list! Write it down! Once it’s down on paper the worry or task isn’t swimming around in your head and you can tackle it.
Together with coach Liz, Deb will be leading our upcoming 'Getting to Calm' summer camp. Campers will learn how to calm their busy brains through mindfulness, yoga, emotional regulation, healthy choices and developing an attitude of gratitude.