Hi, I'm Kayla!

Raised in Southern California, my life took an international turn in high school when my family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. The experience was challenging but transformative, shaping my worldview and igniting a passion for diverse cultures.

In my early 20s, between finishing my bachelor's degree, working as a nanny, and working at an elementary school, I traveled to Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, China, Germany, France, England, Egypt, Jordan and more.

In 2014, I moved to Amman, Jordan to volunteer with an NGO and several months later I cofounded a nonprofit and several development projects among vulnerable refugee communities.

My husband and I fell in love working together in these community development projects and committed our lives to doing justice work together.

We were married in 2016 and burdened by the lack of education accessible to refugee children in the Middle East. In 2018 we moved to Lebanon to start an education project in the Bekaa Valley with Cedars Network.

Hope Learning Center and House of Love are located in the middle of informal Syrian refugee camp settlements. They continue to serve over 350 Syrian children K-7th grade every year and partner with Lebanese and Syrian educators providing ongoing professional development.

We also had 2 children in the process!

Shocked by how drastically my life changed after the birth of my first child, I began learning about Montessori and respectful parenting.

In 2021 I took the AMI certificate course for ages 0-3 through Montessori for Lebanon, the AMI affiliate in Lebanon, and was inspired to partner with Montessori for Lebanon to make parenting resources and respectful education more accessible in the Middle East and around the world.

Raising children abroad has given me strong values and a unique perspective.

Because the world is more connected than ever, it's important that our children have an appreciation for diverse cultures and empathy for other perspectives while still having the confidence to hold their values.

With training in Motivational Interviewing, Nervous System Regulation, and Social-Emotional Learning I offer a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive approach in my practice.

As Your Certified Conscious Parenting Coach, I'm here to support you in your goals for your family.

You CAN parent with confidence, connection, and joy!

I can't wait to connect with you!

Certifications & Trainings

  • Parent Coach Certification at Jai Institute for Parenting
  • 0-3 Certification at Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)
  • Creating Behavior Change Certificate at Wesleyan University
  • SEL for Students: A Path to Social Emotional Well-Being Certificate at University of Colorado Boulder
  • Psychological First Aid Certificate at Johns Hopkins University
  • Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War from University of Minnesota
  • TBRI & Trauma-Informed Classrooms at Texas Christian Univeristy
  • Pastoral Support Certification at Rock Church San Diego

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