It all started at fairview high school...
I was raised in Superior, Colorado by incredibly involved and supportive parents who instilled the belief in me that I was smart, creative and talented and could accomplish whatever I desired. When I entered high school in Boulder, Colorado, my parents' voices were loud but the voices telling my I was inadequate, unimportant and mediocre were louder.
When I was a freshman I joined a Christian mentoring program called Young Life and was introduced to my mentor, Carlee. She believed in me, saw me for exactly who I was (the good and the bad) and never stopped fighting for me.
By the time I entered college, it was clear to me... I wanted to be a "Carlee" for other girls. So I became a Young Life Leader for Middle Schoolers in the Boulder County Area. This role involved mentoring around 30 girls each year on a weekly or monthly basis.
I graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and began my work as a Youth Treatment Counselor at the Tennyson Center for Children (a psychiatric residential treatment center) for kids ages 5 to 18. I worked directly with patients who dealt with a wide variety of disorders including ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, disassociation disorder, borderline personality disorder, ODD (oppositional defiant disorder), etc. Here, I also gained training in Therapeutic Crisis Interventions, Trauma-Informed Care, CPR, First Aid and QMAP (medication administration).
I was offered a new position in February through Denver Public Schools and currently work at an elementary school specifically with kids who struggle emotionally, behaviorally and academically. My role is to provide trauma-informed care to kids who either have experienced trauma at home or who struggle in an academic environment.