Position at the Hallowell Todaro ADHD Center:
How long have you been working at the Hallowell Todaro ADHD center?
Where did you grow up?
What are your favorite books / TV shows / movies?
- The Handmaid’s Tale (book and movie)
- Napolean Dynamite
- The Seattle Times
What is your favorite sport and/or sports team?
I’m not a huge sports fan. But, I do love the food at football parties!
Complete the following sentences:
When I’m not at work, you can find me....
at Orangetheory Fitness, with my family, walking my dogs or on my stand up paddle board.
When I want to de-stress, I...
workout and read.
My favorite time of year is...
My favorite thing to cook is...
spaghetti, lasagne and Thanksgiving dinner.
The best gift I ever received was...
my “Hello? Is it me you’re cooking for?” cutting board. Complete with an engraving of Lionel Richie.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to...
Lake Washington. I’m a homebody.
What led you to pursue a career helping others?
I’ve had many life experiences that lead me to a career in education. I’ve always had a soft spot for children who bring an extra spark to the classroom. I find that I develop relationships with children easily and am talented at helping them find ways to connect to their learning and peers.
What education, skills and expertise do you bring to your role?
I bring almost 20 years of experience to my current role. I have a BA in English with an Emphasis on Education and a Master's in Teaching. During my years as a classroom teacher, I developed a deep toolkit for helping students and their families. I furthered my skills when I directed the warmline for Postpartum Support International of Washington state, where I helped families in crisis. These unique roles prepared me to help families at the center with challenges they may encounter at school and at home.v
Who/what inspires you?
I’m inspired by people who overcame childhood adversity and grow to flourish in adulthood. Stories of people like Richard Branson and Thomas Edison keep me at this work. It only takes one person to believe in you as a kid. A positive coach or strong advocate can change a child’s life.
What’s your personal philosophy/approach toward the work you do?
I believe children deserve a joyful childhood. Families are under an incredible amount of stress in our city. I strive to individualize my coaching for each family, helping them to develop simple strategies that help them meet their goals while finding peace and connection.
What is one small thing people can do to improve their lives and increase their happiness?
Connect with each other with no judgement.
Liz will be co-leading a mindfulness summer camp for tweens at the end of July.