Six Special Momtreprenuers Who Are Working to Make a Difference in Our Community
Company: Oranda Teaching and Learning
Oranda works to nurture healthy and productive learning environments. With consulting and an online boutique of niche educational products, we feed teachers, schools and communities with ideas and resources to engage, connect and grow with each other and their children.
Her start up: I founded Oranda (www.oranda.org) after nearly 10 years of classroom teaching and more than 10 additional years of teaching “future teachers”. Throughout my career, I have visited thousands of classrooms where I experienced stressed-out teachers and students, disengaged students, and discouraged teachers. I was compelled to synthesize what I learned from my 20 plus years in education along with my interests in meeting the needs of diverse learners, mindfulness, active learning, neuroscience and occupational therapy. In 2010, I created recessitate as a resource for teachers and students to positively engage, connect and grow with each other. In one year, recessitate made its way into five continents. In 2015, the Focus 1-2-3 App arrived to bring the same great activities to ‘smart’ technology.
As a parent and educator, I am passionate about empowering others with strategies that support their well-being in mind, body and spirit. I have two school age children and am married to a fellow educator.
Why the name Oranda? The name was inspired by the proverb about teaching others to fish. The ‘oranda’ is a curious and common goldfish with a brainy-like mass on the top of its head. They thrive under the best conditions. Just like us!
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