About Founder Of Mala Beads & Life Coach
Courtney was born in Daytona Beach, Florida and now residing in the Washington D.C. metro area. Some of her most relevant formal educations degrees include B.S. Economics from George Mason University, M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Virginia, Prestigious scholarship to the Summer Educator Program for Science & Technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and BTB Feng Shui certification from the first eastern philosophy program in the U.S.
She has been notoriously successful in every aspect of her life. She rose over one million USD of venture capital that helped develop Five Guys Burgers and Fries as one of the first franchisees in the south. She loves to be challenged and believes in supporting those in need by giving tools to empower them to take charge of their own destiny. She discovered education is the way to level the playing field and help individuals become equal with opportunity.
Consequently, she went into public education after decades of business development, gem & mineral specialist, and Feng Shui/wellness consultant. Putting her many talents to educate adolescents with behavioral problems, conduct disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and the youth from the socio-economic deprived areas. Her compassion and nonjudgmental attitude granted her the nickname of "the student whisperer" among her school peers, as she earns the respect, and attention from her students. Furthermore, she can communicate on a level beyond words.
She is respectful of the human's dignity and individuality. She considers the most rewarding aspect of her life, every time a teenager who does not believe in himself, finds a vision for his future, and finds that through discipline and effort they can achieve their dreams. As an educator, she is a former reading and behavior specialist, science educator and Department Lead chair for Special Education, Certified Adobe Education Trainer and Adobe Campus Leader, and Google Level 2 certified educator. Currently, she is motivating the youth with economic, personal finance, multimedia and web development. Also, offering local pro-bono tutoring to students who are at risk of school expulsion or dropping out without financial resources.
Courtney understands that human beings are more than their personal beliefs, formal education, attitude, ethnic groups, or yearly income. She has been practicing and studying for almost 30 years the Buddhist Zen teachings, Mindfulness philosophies, and meditation's techniques. She attended trainings including educator weekly retreats, meditations weekends at Thich Nhat Hahn's Blue Cliff Monastery and trained in restorative practices.
During her 3 years under Professor Lin Yun BTB training, she had the opportunity to meet and share meditations, weekly retreats, and workshops with monks and spiritual leaders. She practices the Five Mindfulness Trainings by the Vietnamese Thich Nhat Hanh's Organization. She is a level one educator for Wake Up School's that believe "Happy Teacher's Change the World". Additionally, she attended the Kalachakra 2011 for 10 days with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Washington D.C.
She traveled across Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean Islands. Visited China and spent some time in sacred buildings, rappelling waterfalls, scuba diving, and climbing mountains are part of her outdoors activity.
She feels blessed by the serenity, inner peace, clear mind, and patience mindfulness meditation and Zen practices grant to her. As an educator, she took all the required steps to become a personal mindfulness coach, gemstone expert and Zen Philosophy trainer. Nowadays, as part of her personal growth and life path, she humbly offers her, pedagogical knowledge and personal experience as a coach to help you to be your best version of yourself, find balance in your life and a path to a joyful and fulfilling existence.