Bachelor of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy has worked for Youth Development Inc and PB&J Family Services. She has over 20 years experience working with at risk youths, families in crisis, including families with domestic violence, addictions and families with a history of incarceration. She worked closely with New Mexico’s Children Youth and Family Department in assisting reunification of parents and children, taught parenting classes in correctional facilities and co-facilitated support groups for both adults and children. She has experience as a pre-school teacher and a professional nanny. She has worked with mentally ill and developmentally delayed adults. She enjoys teaching attachment and bonding activities. She has frequently used animals to assist in showing unconditional love towards hurting individuals during counseling sessions. She currently teaches parenting at New Mexico’s Community College as a Welfare to Work instructor. She is an author and traveling speaker for memory techniques. She lives with her husband in New Mexico and has four grown children & six grandchildren.
Kellie Ann’s Journey to Becoming a Parenting Coach and Memory Trainer
She started a preschool teacher career after her first husband died in a tragic car accident, in 1987, leaving her with two children ages 2 and 3. She attended Cape Cod Community College and acquired a Preschool Teaching License in 1991. She worked in this field for many years. In 1991 she remarried her current husband and experienced personally the family dynamics of integrating a step father. After a few years of frustration with the inner-city public school system she began home-schooling her children. This experience helped Kellie master certain parenting and house management skills. Also during this time, Kellie started and administrated a food cooperative and many small businesses. She struggled for many years with a seizure disorder that was at times quite debilitating. This caused a lot of stress on her family and friends. However, she learned many new life skills such as once a month cooking, focusing on the majors instead of the minor issues in life, and how to communicate more clearly and effectively. She learned how to deal with her physical illness which had sever effects on her life and adjusted her lifestyle to one that was still full of life and pleasure. During the years of physical struggles she still taught as a volunteer, went toNicaragua for three weeks to help an underprivileged school with basic First Aide and repainting their buildings. Her experience in Nicaraguataught her that people with even the greatest physical and economic needs still can THRIVE in their lives. It all depended on how they interpreted their situations e.g. complain about everything or be thankful for life. Once Kellie’s physical health began to stabilize she returned to school to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. She currently has a bachelor’s degree in the field. After graduation she did an internship with DID (previously known as multiple personality disorder) clients. She later worked with youths involved in the Juvenile Justice System, domestic violence families, families struggling with addiction in both children and adults. She also has experience as a foster parent. All these experiences have given Kellie Ann a wide base of knowledge of families and family systems as well as how to enhance personal lives by helping other’s reach their potential. With her new learning in memory techniques she has helped single parents, adults with learning disabilities and students of all ages overcome some of the most difficult challenges in thier lives.
The reason Kellie Ann has become a Parent and Memory Coach is due to her great passion to help other’s reach their highest potential & to assist them in practical ways that CHANGE LIVES.