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September edition detailing news and updates for Intentional Synergy!

Learn more about Intentional Synergy on the last page of this newsletter!

September 2018

As a special education administrator, I worked with a lot of teachers. Some of those teachers were more seasoned than I and others were fresh out of college. Regardless of their experience, I found that each had a unique perspective to offer about education. One particular teacher I coached was a brand new teacher, fresh out of college. She had the drive and excitement that most teachers have as they finally get the job they've been waiting for. She couldn't wait for school to start. Her room was impeccably decorated and she must have dropped a small fortune at the local teacher store. She was ready! She was the first to offer up her time and out of the box ideas at problem solving meetings. She never hesitated to jump right in with the tough kids.  

So, as you can imagine, I was kind of floored when I walked into her room one day, just before her students were to arrive, to observe her, and she was in tears. She didn't really want to share what was wrong, but when I told her to let me know if I could support her in any way, the dam broke.  

She felt that she was not cut out for a career in teaching. She thought she had made a mistake. I asked her to give me more information and she proceeded to say that she must have really screwed up in college because she now didn't know what she was doing and she was failing her students. I held back the laughs building inside me because I knew exactly what she was feeling. I knew because I had felt it also.  Click here to finish reading this article...

Back to School:  Are parents ready?

Many of us welcome that day that we can send out little lovelies back to the arms of their teacher!  But for some parents, back to school causes even more stress and anxiety...Check out these articles!

Back-to-school stress affects children – and parents by Bryan Hoyle

Back to school Anxiety by Caroline Miller

Working Parents Survival Guide by Dawn Rosenberg McKay  

New workshops just added!  Click here to learn more and register!

08/27/2018, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST  -   IEP Meetings Make Me Cry (online workshop)  Click here to sign up for this insightful workshop!

09/01/2018, 9:00 am - 11:00 am CST  -  These kids are driving me crazy! What's a teacher to do??  (online workshop) Click here to catch your spot and your sanity!

09/04/2018, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm CST - De-escalating Challenging Behavior (online workshop)Click here to get your tickets! 

09/06/2018, 5:00 am - 6:30 pm CST - Rockin the Role of Program Assistant/Teacher's Aide (online workshop) -  Click here to get tickets to this event!

09/07/2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST - Dyslexia...don't fear, you've got this! (online workshop) - Click here to get your tickets before we fill up!

09/09/2018, 9:00 am - 10:30 am CST - Special Education 101(online workshop) - Click here to get your tickets! 
09/11/2018, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm CST - Relationships are Critical for Success (online workshop) - Click here to get your tickets! 
09/12/2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am CST - Behavior Management for the Home...Stop the Madness!! (online workshop) - Click here to get your tickets! 

09/15/2018, 9:00 am - 10:30 am CST - Rockin the Role of Program Assistant/Teacher's Aide (online workshop) -Click here to get your tickets!

09/19/2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST - Understanding the FBA/BIP...Process and Purpose (online workshop) - Click here to get your tickets! 

09/20/2018, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CST - De-Escalating Challenging Behavior (online workshop) - Click here to get your tickets! 

09/22/2018, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm CST - Relationships are Critical for Success (online workshop) - Click here to get your tickets!

09/25/2018, 7:00 - 8:30 pm CST - Creating a Trauma Sensitive Classroom (online workshop) - Click here to get your tickets!



Are you a leader? Do you want to boost your leadership skills?   Check out my blog that covers all things "Leadership"!  Leadership in any field requires a certain skillset...have you got it?  

Spruce up the teacher's lounge with these great monthly delivery programs:

Grounds for Change

Atlas Coffee Club

Moustache Coffee Club


Worldwide Treats

Spinola's Bake Shop

Lotion and Soap  (Think staff bathroom...)

Or how about a special treat just for you, delivered to your door every month?

Sparkle Hustle Grow

Monthly Coloring Club

Inspiration Box

The Little Happy Box

Here's to a fabulous 2018-19 school year for everyone!  Let's continue to learn, grow and succeed!  Together, parents and teachers, can change the future for our kids!

All About Me

Okay, well maybe not all about me, but enough for you to figure out why I'm here!  I was a special education teacher, an assistant principal and a district special education administrator.  As my, now 19, year old, son became older, stronger and bigger, it became very clear to me that working full time outside of my home was a pipe dream.  My son has autism and cerebral palsy.  As I looked at the job I did every day, I analyzed my favorite parts.  I loved training teachers and other staff, working with teams and supporting parents.  

What all of that boiled down to was I that I was extremely passionate about doing what was right for kids!  In order for us to do what is right, we need to have the training and tools behind us to do so!  That's when I decided that I wanted to combine my passions and begin Intentional Synergy.  

My goal is to provide quality training through engaging online and on-site workshops for educators and parents on topics related to special education.  Online trainings are offered on varying days and times to be convenient for parents and teachers.  I further decided that my ultimate goal was to share information and educate others.  Since budgets for parents, teachers and school districts are extremely tight, I made a promise that I would keep workshops priced at an affordable rate.  I want to ensure that anyone who wants this information can afford to get it.  All trainings are live and collaborative.  I work to make sure you feel like you are sitting in a conference room with your colleagues.  Join me on one of the upcoming workshops!  And if you have an idea or topic you'd like to see covered, please feel free to email me at .

(C) Intentional Synergy 2018