Meet Amber Garr: Teen Girl Empowerer!
10/29/2018
Meet Amber Garr: Teen Girl Empowerer!

 This lady truly does it all. Amber Garr is a dear friend and former colleague of mine, and I don't even know where to begin.  I can't even remember what first drew me to Amber, what first blew my mind about her, because when it comes to Amber, there is so much to be blown away by. Amber is a science teacher who specializes in environmental sustainability.  Her students adore her despite how much she challenges them in the classroom. But Amber is also an accomplished dancer, a classically trained ballerina who now teaches dance to her high school students. Oh and Amber is a published author.  She has written almost 20 books, bestselling and award winning novels and short stories, mostly paranormal and mysteries.  I read one of her novels in one day.  I simply could not put it down.  Oh and she's led writing clubs for her high school students for years, where students write together, for each other, with each other, and to help each other get published.  She's simply amazing. But what has always impressed me most about Amber is her passion to teach her students in any way she can.  She teaches them science, dance, writing, life.  She is always there to pass on her knowledge, her skill.  She's such a giver. I can go on and on, but I want you to hear from her.  So let me introduce you to my ...

Meet Kristin Robinson: Girl Empowerer!
10/22/2018
Meet Amber Garr: Teen Girl Empowerer!

 I am so excited to share this amazing lady with you today. I've known Kristin for over 20 years.  In another lifetime, she was a young teenager living in my dorm, when I was a new-to-boarding-school dorm parent.  Kristin was among the first group of girls to walk the halls of The Hill School in the late 90's, when the school first went coed.   Flash forward a couple of decades, and Kristin now lives in the same county where I grew up, living on Long Island with her husband and their three adorable kids.   It might seem a bit odd that I'm here featuring Kristin this week.  She doesn't work specifically with teens, nor does she run a business designed for girls or women.  She's simply a woman looking to empower other women- starting with her own young daughters. I watch what this woman is doing for others, simply by speaking out, by using her voice, and I am so inspired.  It seems that the teacher (or should I say the dorm parent) has become the student.  I have so much to learn from Kristin.  I believe you might, too. So let me introduce you to my dear friend, Kristin Robinson. 1. Share your story with us.  How did you arrive at motherhood, activism, empowerment?As cliche as it sounds, having children changed my world or at least changed the way I viewed the world. I no longer had the ...

Meet Kath Keen: Teen Girl Empowerer!
10/15/2018
Meet Amber Garr: Teen Girl Empowerer!

 Every "girl mom" should know a mentor like Kath Keen. I have known Kath as colleague, collaborator, and friend.  But years into our friendship, I am still blown away by her passion for teens, and her wisdom when it comes to building confidence in our daughters. Kath recently left our beloved Fountain Valley School to head up to Denver, where she runs Wide Awake Teens, a life coaching program especially for teen girls and women.  I asked Kath to be a part of my "Girl Power October" features, and was just blown away by the insight she shared with her answers.  I found myself taking notes while reading them, knowing that as a mom with a teen daughter, the tips and resources Kath shared would be GREAT for my girl. See for yourself!   Allow me to introduce you to Kath Keen, confidence builder and girl empowerer! 1. Share your story with us.  How did you arrive at Wide Awake Teens and your Life Coaching journey?First, the story of the name for my business - Wide Awake comes from a line in a song we sing at the summer camp I went to - and I also love the idea of being "wide awake" and present in our lives. My path has been a little circuitous, but there are a few things that have always been a part of it - teenagers and female mentorship! I was fortunate, and attended both an all girls school and an all girls summer camp growing ...