Committed to building plans, systems, and organizations to support caregivers, across a variety of life sectors, in engaging their labor in a way that fosters their wholistic wellness. Offering organizational consultations, personal and group coaching sessions with caregivers, and talks to organizational leaders and caregivers. Learn more HERE.
Committed to speaking and writing words of encouragement to strengthen and propel caregivers and children into living in the fullness of their God-given identities, and purposes in Jesus Christ. Offering quality written content, and onsite and virtual talks for caregivers and children. Learn more HERE.
Committed to creating and fostering experiences for caregivers and children to have encounters with the truth that lead to lasting transformation in their lives. Offering virtual, differentiated, and interactive courses for caregivers and children.
I am God's very good idea. And when He was ready to share me with the world, He appointed the womb of a woman I've yet to meet. At birth, I was swaddled and cuddled and placed trustingly in the arms of the woman appointed to be my mother, Pat Sinclair McCalla. At the age of 8 years old, in a packed arena under the booming voice of the late Billy Graham, I returned to the One who gave me my start. At 8 years old I became a daughter of God. It happened in an instant and yet I am still growing up into a lived experience of this solid reality of adoption into God's family. It's been quite a journey and I am happily sharing what I learn as I go.
I'm made for my Father's delight. Everything about me-spirit, soul and body-is made to bring Him honor. I live to honor my Dad and He is most honored when I show up in this world unashamedly bearing (working out) the proof that I am His, exercising "love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." (Galatians 5:22 - 23, AMP). And while I am called to be this in all situations and with all people, He has made my heart particularly tender towards caregivers and children. So I happily co-labor with Him to bring relief, where, when and how I can, through building, encouraging and educating caregivers and children.
I am reminded that my first call is to be delighted in by my Father. Intimacy is the great call. It is in that intimacy that the builder is built; the encourager is encouraged; and the educator is educated.
Founder and President, EarthBasic
EarthBasic is a social enterprise in bloom. Our mandate is to facilitate the healing of women and children through loving, sustainable, and Christ-centered ministry. It is our mission to equip women and children to seek, live, and be transformed-spirit, soul, and body-by the truth of God's Word. We believe that as we seek the truth of God's Word, and humble ourselves to live in agreement with it, we will experience the transformation which allows us to enter wholistic wellness: spirit, soul, and body. In full bloom, we will realize our vision to be a social enterprise that empowers women and children to take care and bless many. Learn more at www.earthbasic.org.
Coordinator, Providence Methodist Church Vacation Bible School, and Family Bible School
Provide oversight for the planning and implementation of Vacation Bible School, serving children ages 5 - 12 years old, with a particular emphasis on helping children in places of refuge. Train volunteers to provide informed and Christ-centered care and teaching to the service population. Develop a biblically sound curriculum to meet the unique needs of the service population: "The God Who Loves and Guides Me" (VBS 2016); "He Knows My Name: Forgiven, Valued & Loved" (VBS 2017); "God's Glory in Creation" (VBS 2018); "Battle Ready" (VBS 2019); and "God's Great Story" (Family Bible School 2022). Provide structural support for the planning and implementation of the annual VBS fundraiser.
Guest Instructor, C&T 4200, Fieldwork in Curriculum and Teaching TR@TC, Teachers College, Columbia University
Develop and implement a curriculum to invite pre-service teachers to develop and pursue a vision of wellness, through the lens of the National Wellness Institute's 6 Dimensions of Wellness Model, to prepare them for a sustainable and joyful career in teaching.
Developer and Facilitator of the 6 Dimensions of Wellness and Teacher Sustainability PLC, TR@TC, Teachers College, Columbia University
Developed and executed curriculum, in a supportive group coach setting, to guide a group of educators, of varying degrees of expertise, in the work of cultivating a lifestyle of wellness as they teach.
Staff Wellness Committee Coordinator, NCYDOE Public School
Initiated, planned, implemented, and oversaw a series of coordinated activities and experiences to create a culture of wellness within the school and prioritize, incentivize and facilitate staff wellness within the school community.
Special Educator, NYCDOE Public School
Created rigorous, culturally relevant, and engaging learning experiences for a diverse group of students, to improve their ability to achieve success within and external to the classroom. Created rigorous, culturally relevant, and engaging literacy-rich experiences for struggling readers. Collaborated with educators and related-service professionals, to assess student needs and progress, as well as, generate interventions to ensure student success. Collaborated with general educators to differentiate instruction, to guarantee that the diverse group of students we served, gained access to the curriculum and were provided multiple and varied ways to demonstrate their understandings. Planned, wrote, and implemented Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) that demonstrated a deep knowledge of students and sensitively included the contributions of all stakeholders, including the student where possible, so that students with learning difficulties were ensured access to the general education curriculum, as well as, the support they needed to experience success in school. Advocated for the needs of students with disabilities within the school community, being prepared to create materials and identify and access resources to support the learning of teacher peers, that would sensitize them to the needs of students with disabilities, within the school community. Collaborated with educators and community-based organizations to create an advisory curriculum to support students in receiving education, supporting them in making informed decisions as it pertains to their personal goals, relationships, and future endeavors. Collaborated with educators to create a culturally responsive and engaging curriculum, to support honest and fruitful discourse on the impact of race, on the work of educators, and the learning of children within our school community.
This course supports wellness professionals in entering the "sweet-spot between wellness, well-being and mental health" to help clients with diverse levels of stressors reengage stress to thrive. The course targets wellness professionals who seek to assist individuals and organizations in increasing their resilience and thriving capacity.
Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS), National Wellness Institute (Issued 2020)
"Participants in the NWI Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS) certificate program gain the knowledge, skills, and tools to assist them in creating and sustaining a culture of wellness within an organization. The comprehensive curriculum provides participants with knowledge and skills to build the business case for wellness, create and sustain a culture of wellness, and drive and measure employee engagement." (NWI Worksite Wellness Specialist Certificate Program, Course Content and Objectives)
NYS Professional Teaching Certificate, Teacher of Students with Disabilities, (Grades 7 - 12) (Issued, 2016)
Master of Arts in Secondary Inclusive Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York NY (10/2012)
Kappa Delta Pi: International Honor Society in Education; Recipient of the Walter M. Sindlinger Award. The annual award was established in honor of Walter Sindlinger, a Teachers College faculty member who retired in 1979, by an anonymous donor wishing to recognize the importance of excellent writing in the field of education; Opportunity Teacher Corps Grant Recipient.
Recipient of the “Teaching Residents at Teachers College Scholarship” meant to provide support to students who have been accepted into the highly selective “Teaching Residents at Teachers College Program.” Students, in this program, participate in a full year residency placement while pursuing New York State Initial Certification and an M.A in either TESOL (K-12), Secondary Inclusive Education (7-12), or Intellectual Disabilities/Autism (7-12).
Bachelor of Arts, Music and Latin American Studies, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT (05/2010)
Bachelor of Arts, Majors: Music and Latin American Studies with a concentration in Government; Graduated with departmental honors in Music and Latin American Studies; Mellon-May Undergraduate Fellow.