I am a math teacher and mom to two young adults. I have been in education in various roles as a teacher and as an assistant director for nineteen years. Earning two master’s degrees in education from Arizona State University – one in Curriculum and Instruction and one in Educational Leadership -- I have a passion for teaching students.
The vast majority of schools today are all about achievement but not the applicability of those skills. From 2011 through 2014, I taught troubled students at an alternative school. My favorite class was an exception -- financial math, a course for seniors who were not college-bound. My students loved the class, seeing the meaning that it brought to their lives and the applicability of actually using math. College-bound students don’t have the luxury of time to take a financial math course. I realized that something was missing from their curriculum — the connection between real-life and what is taught in schools. Soon, I conceived the Institute for Real Life: online adulting classes to teach young adults what they didn't learn in school – real-life skills.
The vision of the Institute for Real Life is to empower young adults with life skills. Practical skills that schools don’t teach students:
We aim to provide skills that are needed that the schools -- public, private, or charter -- haven’t been able to provide while they are focusing on standardized testing.
Students can sign up for one module (such as basic banking or insurance) or many. Whatever suits their needs. Our packages are customizable.
Our goal is to grow independent young adults. How can we help you become self-reliant?