Hello and welcome to my kitchen table, where learning, laughter, and love happens! Come sit a while! I’m Lynda, also known as Mama, Yaya, or Ms. B. I’ve collected these titles (and a few others) along my life’s path. So grab a cup of something cozy (coffee, tea, Pepsi for me!) as I share a bit about myself and this site, Kitchen Table Learners.
The wonder Years
I grew up in a family of girls, the middle child, know for my gift of gab and endless questions. I loved learning! Reading took me to a whole new world and writing allowed me to get ALL my words out. I spent many hours alone reading to my animals (including my pony Pete) or in the library answering my countless questions. I struggled often in school, It wasn’t learning I got that. It was the expectations that each of us should and would learn the same things, in the same ways, or WE FAIL!
I was a “late bloomer” learning to read at the late age of six (mom’s unsure), so lagging behind my peers by 6mo..a year?! I had learned that regardless of my wonder and interest in learning I failed….I was in second grade. So, yep, I pretty much dreaded school. And then Miss Clara came into my life, my tutor. At her kitchen table I found unique and wonderful ways to explore and share learning. She taught me that we learned in our own way and time. Simple right? Learning around Miss Clara’s kitchen table helped me to understand how I learned best, and built my confidence to become the lifelong learner I am today.
So, here I am, a 50-something mom of three adults, raising a six year old (yes he’s 6 !!), a Yaya (I’m grandma to three, yes 3 amazing grandkids) and Ms. B, an education specialist and advocate with over 2o years of experience teaching students with unique learning needs.
I love teaching, even though it certainly wasn’t my first choice as a career. I hated school, right?! Life has twist and turns, and so I found myself, after running my businesses ( I had two) and raising kids, with an opportunity to bring my love of learning into the classroom. There I could teach students differently, based on their needs and at their own pace. Today, after over 20 years as an educator, I know teaching is my life’s passion. Seeing the glittering eyes of a learner will always be my diamonds, I can’t ever imagine not finding this path.
I love writing (and reading, and talking, collecting , creating and sharing…) and find blogging a perfect adventure to start on…with you. Over a year ago I was given the opportunity write ad copy and blogs with Digital Inkwell and found myself striving to learn something new: How to create a blog others would find interesting, informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining (that’s the goal, but for sure you will see cute kids!)…so here I am!
Sharing my passions
As a mom, Yaya ,educator, writer creative nerd and I think what I have to share matters. Kitchen Table Learners is a place that I can share my educational advice (what mom doesn’t need a teacher mom in their corner, right?); share advocacy for those learners that were like myself, provide tips, share DIYs, and become a part of a community that shares the value of learning, creativity, and fun.
My passion is helping people grow and develop into who they are meant to be. Cliche?! Sappy? Yes, but I’m a sappy nerd who believes sharing, acceptance, and kindness works. So, here I go on this new adventure of blogging and sharing around my kitchen table (literally!) I hope you will join me and visit often.
Let the rumpus begin!