Teacher Appreciation Week – #Thankateacher

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and this year appreciation for our children’s teachers is at an all-time high. With the closing of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents and children alike are having to adjust to a new platform of distance learning.  Parents are becoming more involved in the day to day education […]

Teacher Appreciation Week - #Thankateacher

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Five Fun Cost Effective Ideas while Sheltered at Home

It’s been about one month since we’ve sheltered at home. Our days are running together. We can no longer identify where our week begins or ends. If you’re like us, you’ve caught up on all of your favorite shows on Hulu and used grocery store pick up or delivery rather than physically going there.  We’ve […]

Five Fun Cost Effective Ideas while Sheltered at Home

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A Time to RESET (In the Midst of Challenge)

We are in an unprecedented challenge across the globe. The COVID-19 virus is very fluid as it moves across countries, states and into our homes. Many of us are grappling with this situation and we are making daily adjustments. We have to “RESET” and look at a new normal for the unforeseeable future. While meeting […]

A Time to RESET (In the Midst of Challenge)

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Tania Nawazkhan – Big Sister, Big Love

In our final feature honoring World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, we chat with Tania Nawazkhan who represents the Netherlands. She is the proud big sister of Chris Losokola. Chris has Down syndrome and lives in a residential home with a group of his peers. I’m so glad Tania was able to stop by […]

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Katelyn Herrygers – A Mother’s Loving Words For Her Son

We’re back in the United States for our second feature honoring World Down Syndrome Day on March 21. Katelyn Herrygers is a Michigan mom and author of I Am Me, a children’s book inspired by her son, Jameson who has Down syndrome. I’m so happy that Katelyn agreed to share her story with the Beyond […]

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Jen Blackwell – Dancing To Make A Difference

Beyond the Waiting Room has gone global! In honor of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, we’re showcasing three lovely ladies from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States.  Jen Blackwell is the founder and Creative Director of DanceSyndrome, an inclusive dance charity based in the United Kingdom. Jen’s dream of becoming […]

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Heather Villagomez, functional math and social skills Teacher At Notre Dame School

Hi, I’m Heather Villagomez. I have taught functional math and social skills at Notre Dame School of Dallas for 3 years. I have a dual bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Cross Categorical Special Education from Northern Arizona University. I am originally from Arizona. There I have taught at a public Junior High School in […]

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Texas’ Inaugural Girls in STEM Day

On Sunday March 1, 2020 State Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers (HD 113) kicked off the inaugural “Texas Girls in STEM Day.” I was very excited to attend this event. As a Geophysicist who majored in Mathematics, I hold STEM very dear to my heart. I love opportunities like this where women in STEM are able […]

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Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Jane Kao Deals with Matters of the Heart

Not only is February Black History Month, it’s also American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart health. And the perfect opportunity to introduce Beyond the Waiting Room’s newest Profiles of C.A.R.E feature, Dr. Jane Kao. Dr. Kao is a pediatric cardiologist and holds a special place in my heart (pun intended) as […]

Dr. Jane Kao Deals with Matters of the Heart

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Kelly Kile, Intermediate Reading Teacher at Notre Dame School

I’m very excited to share my conversation with Kelly Kile, Intermediate Reading Teacher at Notre Dame School here in Dallas, Texas. Catherine has been in Kelly’s home room for the past three years and she’s played such an integral part in Catherine’s growth. Because Kelly has walked this journey with her own daughter, I truly […]

A mother’s unique Down syndrome story.

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