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 […]

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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 […]

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Megan Moyer, Intermediate Daily Living Skills Teacher at Notre Dame School

I’m very excited to share our next guest with the BTWR family. Megan Moyer is an Intermediate Daily Living Skills Teacher at Catherine’s school, Notre Dame here in Dallas, Texas. We truly love Notre Dame and it has made a huge difference in Catherine’s growth and independence. Read on for Megan’s perspective on teaching “Daily […]

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Re-Imagine Your Impact in 2020!

Welcome to 2020! It is a brand new year and decade. I love to see the months and years transform. They give us all a chance to reflect and the fortitude to start anew. Many resolve to make changes to improve their lives in a significant way. Yet others decide not to attempt a change […]

Finding Your Way

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Catherine’s 14th birthday marks new levels of independence

Catherine is 14! Time flies so quickly and this past year was defined by new and expanding levels of independence for her. Independence is defined as “a personal virtue marked by the ability to take control of your own life.” We’ve seen noticeable levels of individuality that align with our hopes for Catherine as she […]

Navigating Daily Life

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A Chat with Down Syndrome Awareness Author Jordan Burk

For this month’s Profiles of Care, I’d like to introduce you to Dallas-based author and illustrator, Jordan Burk. I was first introduced to Jordan when he visited Catherine’s school. She absolutely loves his children’s book series. Jordan is making such an impact on both children and adults with his stories of inclusion and awareness for […]

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Master Shoe Tying – A Technique to Get You Going Faster

Shoe tying is one of those rites of passage that we’ve all brokered through in our early years and is one of those skills that all kids (and parents) still have to deal with at some time or another. For some kids, this ability doesn’t come easily. Individuals with low hypotonia (low muscle tone) find […]

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Two Amazing Moms Brought Together By Down Syndrome

In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we’re featuring two amazing moms who were brought together by the diagnosis and forged a bond that grows stronger every day. I’ve always loved the quote, “Friends are the family you choose for yourself.” Angela O’Brien and Paige Strawn are the personification of this and I’m excited to […]

Finding Your Way

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