Kind Words

“Jade’s educational coaching has made a huge difference in my son’s life.”

Though gifted, he has struggled in school for years… not getting work done, not paying attention, and not feeling good about himself. His former private school was supportive and liked having him as a student but they couldn’t meet his needs. Jade has created an environment where he has thrived from the very first day.

He’s engaged, productive, and creative. He’s enjoying subjects that before didn’t interest him. And he’s happy!

Mother of a 10 year old boy

“Our daughter feels supported by Jade in every way:”

emotionally, socially, physically, intellectually and academically, to name a few! Jade’s ability to pay attention to, listen to, and affirm our daughter’s experience in all of these areas has contributed immeasurably to her growth over the past year.

Jade’s attention to the needs of the whole child is nothing short of remarkable.

There aren’t words to describe how fortunate we feel to have Jade in our daughter’s life in such a meaningful way. We are very much looking forward to the coming year!

Mother of a 10 year old girl

“Jade’s expertise as an educator is well served by many of her strengths, but a central strength is empathy.”

She has both cognitive understanding and emotional compassion for the challenges of neurodiverse learners.

This understanding is the foundation for her work to not only negotiate learning targets and agreements with students and families, but also to help students navigate the social-emotional learning that undoubtedly arises as they come into contact and conflict with peers.

Jade’s ability to remain both firm and kind creates a sense of emotional safety: children will be accepted for who they are at the same time that they are lovingly guided and encouraged to continue in their development.

Jade has mastery in both academics and social-emotional well-being, and she brings both aspects to her work with gifted learners. Jade is adept at combinations of persistence, humor, and authentic expression as she gives feedback to students to be honest about where they are now and to inspire them to take their next developmental steps.

Underlying her foundation of empathy is a fierce commitment to these children being both understood and challenged. Her complementary values of independence and interdependence lead her to create learning environments where everyone’s voice matters, and students are free to pursue their passions as they also consider their impact on others.

Bob Yamtich, Therapist & Consultant

“Jade’s educational coaching has been the ideal alternative for our daughter.”

She has just the right amount of independence – teaching herself math and excelling, writing her own fiction and reading to peers who genuinely receive her as an author, and researching her own interests for monthly formal presentations to parents.

She has matured into a student that can also handle learning things that she cares nothing about. This is a HUGE accomplishment for our intensely independent child who is driven by her personal passionate interests. So, even though electronics, engineering, literature discussions, or studying Native American history may not be her activities of choice (in the formal learning periods), she no longer melts down or feels imposed upon by having to participate.

Jade invites her students to explore subjects with her, focuses on the process of understanding rather than a final product, and caters her expectations to each child individually.

Our daughter has matured socially, emotionally and academically with Jade. It is amazing to see how she has transformed in one year after having such challenging experiences in traditional school environments.

Mother of 9 year old girl

“Jade stands out as a genuinely nice person who understands the struggle of the gifted child, who enjoys working with them, and devotes herself to wanting to give gifted children and their families a better life.”

She explained to me how important it is to connect with my son, to let him know that we understand him and that he is not alone. I have been doing this MUCH more than I had before. I’ve noticed that after we talk, he looks relieved and then becomes excited, sometimes overly excited, but that’s okay with me!

Jade gave me some great ideas about how to begin to homeschool my son, what might work best for him, and how to understand his unique learning style. She provided me with additional information and guided me in other ways as well. Thank you so much!

Mother of an 8 year old boy

“After talking to Jade I was inspired to embrace my son and let go of my fears.”

The most helpful thing about my single session with Jade was the chance to vent and let it all out to a person who truly understands. This did more for me than anyone can ever know.

Mother of an 8 year old boy

“Having Jade’s support and guidance over several months helped us feel more engaged in parenting.”

After speaking with Jade only once, it was clear that she had a great sense of who our daughter really is. We happily signed up for her 5-session coaching package.

She helped us see our daughter’s strengths and her abilities, which means she helped us connect on a deeper level to her. Jade reinforced what we were seeing and gave us more confidence that we were on the right path. And when she shared a perspective we didn’t have, it broadened our view and made our understanding more full. Now we can be more fun-loving, more go-with-the-flow, and more accepting toward our daughter.

Mother of 6 year old girl

“Jade really gets gifted kids.”

Being gifted herself, she has a unique sense of the inner life of her students and you can see it in the way she gracefully manages the children she’s teaching.

I witnessed her skillfully, and compassionately guide my then 8 year old son, who arrived to her anxious, creative, curious, and stressed. He needed a good dose of structure, flexibility, and self-expression. Jade provided all of that and much more.

He quickly settled in and felt at home with her. She is a gem for those of us in the East Bay needing additional perspective and support on the gifted homeschooling (and non-homeschooling) journey.

She is someone who provides academic, social and emotional education for our children that lights them up and empowers them to thrive. Thank you Jade!

Mother of an 8 year old boy

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