Judi a teacher and co-founder of Enercise Gym, a gym for kids ages 6-14. She has extensive on-the-job experience dealing with a child with disabilities and navigating the school experience while trying to remain a sane, rational, fully functioning human being. She is originally from Milwaukee, WI, and lives with her family in Minneapolis MN. She has two children, ages 10 and 13.
We often think of fads when it comes to styles of clothing or hair that were only popular for a certain period of time—straight and feathered (I am an 80s girl) or up in a bun that starts right…above your eyebrows (looking at you, kids of 2015). I sometimes think we view disabilities or learning styles the same way. When I was in elementary school, I remember two girls came into our class occasionally, but spent most of their time in the room down the hall the rest of us didn’t get to… >> Read More
As the mother of an almost-14-year-old male specimen, I have extensive experience with teenage development and behavior. This specimen is one that I have researched thoroughly for recurring…patterns of maturation as well as chronological brain development, physical, social, and emotional milestone achievement, and other intangibles such as resiliency and societal awareness. I have charted each point of development and checked in with appropriate medical staff to determine success as well as possible areas of concern. I have invested high quantities of unconditional… >> Read More
At my son’s friend’s middle school, a student came down with leukemia after fall semester. Fortunately, he went into remission in spring and was able to return to school. All the…students were called to an assembly before he returned to explain why this student would be without hair, what had happened to him, and how they could best make him feel comfortable and assist him with the transition back into school. The school also planned a walk to raise money for childhood leukemia. This boy… >> Read More
One Sunday morning I found myself at a mandatory parent workshop during my daughter’s religious school titled “ The Magical World of Talmud.” I must be honest, I usually head across the…street to the local coffee shop during these sessions and have what I refer to as “independent study with a latte.” However, my husband and partner-in-crime was at home and the rule-follower in me took over, so here I was. As the rabbi proceeded to read and discuss different passages from the Torah, I sped… >> Read More