KYRA ASHBAUGH TODD
Several years ago I hired a coach for my son. I thought that I'd found someone to teach him how to organize his work. It turned out to be much more. Discovering coaching and training as a coach has transformed the way I work with children and young adults.
Coaching is a second career for me, but working with children has always been a part of my life. My path here was a winding one. I’m a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School. My first career, the culmination of many years of hard study, was an expected one. I clerked for a judge in Maryland, and then became a lawyer in a large DC firm. I worked in DC for several years until I had children and the balance between work and family tipped in favor of a decision to stay home with my kids.
Being home with kids - with no clear guidance, established laws, or helpful curriculum - generated a whole new set of skills. I looked for opportunities to engage with educational systems and children directly. I was president of my children’s cooperative preschool, troop leader of my daughter’s girl scout troop, and avid PTA and classroom volunteer in their elementary school. Later, I expanded my volunteer work to a local ESL high school classroom.
These experiences heightened my interest in working with young people who were struggling, falling through the cracks, or who were underserved by well-meaning, but crowded or high-pressure schools. Once I found coaching, I knew I’d found a perfect fit.
I completed an International Coaching Federation approved training program, Empowering Students taught by JST Coaching, one of few and one of the first to teach research-based techniques for coaching children with ADHD. For more information about the JST Coach Training programing: go to www.jstcoaching.com. I have also received my ACC (Associate Certified Coach) credential through the International Coaching Federation. To find out more about the ICF credential process, check out https://coachfederation.org/icf-credential. Most recently, I have received training through an ADHD focused training program to support parent/child communication and problem-solving. https://impactadhd.com