Amanda J Edwin, Educator & Parent Coach
Hello! I am a Trinidadian – Canadian living in Kitchener, ON Canada. I have been married for almost 30 years and have three adult children, so we are almost empty-nesters.
Education was my chosen career, and I have been an educator for over 30 years. Believe it or not, I still teach and I am loving every minute. About 10 years ago, I began another career journey into the legal world to become a licensed Paralegal, but that’s another story. Today, I manage both careers alongside each other.
My life as an educator
Education has been my life since I was seventeen years old. I grew to love the profession that quickly became my vocation. Until recently, I did not realize that my true motivation as a teacher was my students. They inspired me to be a better teacher, a better role model, more creative, more sensitive, and an advocate for them.
Over the years, I became very skilled at teaching all age levels from Kindergarten to adults. The private tutoring was an opportunity to keep myself immersed in education. I spent countless hours fostering positive home-school connections because I believed that this was important to my students’ success. When my students succeeded, I succeeded.
Facilitator for parent empowerment groups
A few years ago, I joined an NGO, Trinidad & Tobago Innovative Parenting Support (TTIPS), and became a trained Parent Empowerment Facilitator. Through their program, they gave me the opportunity to develop and facilitate workshops such as Disciplining the Young Child, Anger Management, Teen Self-Esteem, and teacher development workshops. My background as a teacher merged well into this added role and the experience was phenomenal. My passion to empower others has not dimmed.
My new journey as an Empowerment Advocate
After a bit of procrastination, my childhood friend of mine, H. Michelle Johnson prompted me to get moving. With the gentle push, I became motivated to write and share more on parenting and education. As an empowerment advocate, my theme is Motivate, Educate, Empower. My blog posts, resources, and video interviews embrace this theme and target both parents and teachers.
It is my belief that student success is dependent on collaborations between the home and school. If those two fronts are faced with barriers such as mental health, poor emotional well-being, breakdown in relationships, poor parenting skills, indiscipline in the classroom, and lack of communication between home and school, then student success becomes harder to achieve.
Unfortunately, Black parents and their children face challenges such as systemic racism in the school system that only serves to retard black student successes. Black parents often fall into parenting patterns that no longer seem to be effective. Society has changed, therefore mindset and strategies must also change.
The Facebook Page was created in 2019 and has now extended across social media into this website and Instagram. As I develop, so does this website and the resources I offer. Some programs are in the pipeline and I will release them in due course. It took me a few years to get here, but here I am. Through my writings and resources, I hope to achieve my goal, helping Black parents breakthrough barriers that prevent them from being effective in their roles and ultimately, helping their children experience greater success at school.