Position at the Hallowell Todaro ADHD Center:
How long have you been working at the Hallowell Todaro ADHD Center?
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Washington DC, but my family moved around the United States throughout my childhood. I grew up everywhere :)
What are your favorite books / TV shows / movies?
“Old Kingdom” series by Garth Nix
“The Drowned Cities” and “Pump Six” by Paolo Bacigalupi
“The Hounds of the Morrigan” by Pat O’Shea
“Harry Potters” series by JK Rowling
This doesn’t qualify as a “book,” but I also love reading research articles.
The Secret Life of Pets
A Dog’s Purpose
The Road Within
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Ancient Magus’ Bride
Devil is a Part Timer
The Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Made in Abyss
Time of Eve
What is your favorite sport and/or sports team?
I enjoy fishing and I love playing volleyball and kickball. This is going to sound crazy, but I only watch sports when it’s a social experience.
Complete the following sentences:
When I’m not at work, you can find me....
preoccupied with my living aquarium, reading books or articles, grappling with color theory (I can do line art, but I struggle with colors), walking my dog, or laughing with a loved one.
When I want to de-stress, I...
so I look for physical outlets when I need to de-stress. Or hugs. Hugs are always lovely.
My favorite time of year is...
Spring! I love the sunshine and cool weather.
My favorite thing to cook is...
Taiwanese food. I enjoy light broths :)
The best gift I ever received was...
A surprise road trip to Ruby Beach with my friends :)
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to...
Taiwan because I love the food.
What led you to pursue a career helping others?
I’ve always enjoyed helping others and I believe that practically every career contributes to our societal well being. The reason I chose to pursue a career in education is because I believe that education empowers us to make thoughtful choices. While it can be daunting to recognize that our actions and inactions impact the world regardless of our intentions, it can also be inspiring. If you affect the world even when you’re unaware of how you affect it, imagine the possibilities if you knew. What legacy would you choose to leave behind?
What education, skills and expertise do you bring to your role?
I received my Masters in Education from the University of Washington with a dual certification in General Education K-8 and Special Education K-12. I’ve taught children and adolescents with a wide range of behavioral, emotional, and cognitive conditions across various settings. My experiences include working as a lead counselor in an intensive therapeutic day camp for children with ADHD and Autism, teaching a K-2 self-contained class with inclusion opportunities at a public school, and teaching 1:1 classes and small groups in multiple subjects across grade levels at a non-profit private academy.
Who/what inspires you?
Nature. Our natural world inspires me because of its fragile balance and beauty. I’m particularly fascinated by clouds when I see contrasts between shadows and light. I’m mesmerized by the movement of water and the sound of rain. I often take moments to notice interesting things. For example, right now, I notice the ivy across the street because it’s crawled up some mailboxes, almost to the point where it’s consumed it.
What’s your personal philosophy/approach toward the work you do?
“900 years of time and space, and I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.” - Dr. Who
This quote speaks to my philosophy because I believe that every person has inherent value. I also believe that every individual has the potential to contribute towards the well-being of others and that a person’s potential is maximized when we recognize strengths, provide the right supports, define areas for growth, and offer opportunities to practice.
What is one small thing people can do to improve their lives and increase their happiness?
Notice one thing that you are grateful for every day :)
We provide a range of services to help people manage a variety of cognitive and emotional conditions, including but not limited to ADHD coaching.