Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us," and I help students to understand and embrace their own inner resilience. In my work as an educational therapist, I support and celebrate each individual as gifted and unique. Through the tools of Social and Emotional Intelligence, I cultivate empathy, resiliency, curiosity, courage, and creativity. I believe that young people are fun, not flawed, and that teens are incredibly creative and capable. Frequently, it is society's approach to education that is broken--and sometimes kids just need a little help to navigate and negotiate through a tough school situation. This shift often starts through making positive changes on the inside by developing stronger self-esteem and by choosing different options on the outside through personal planning, solid study habits, healthy nutrition, organization, rest, and positive relationships. With dedication and vision, each day is another step forward!