Hi there! Anita Garcia Sanchez here, the author behind WholeHearted School Counseling.
I’ve known since about the time I was five or six years old that I wanted to do something (hopefully good & helpful) for kids and classrooms.
I’ve got masters degrees in American Studies and Counseling, and have been a high school teacher, college advisor, and elementary school counselor.
I’m also a Mama Bear to 2 teen boys (and a cute cavadoodle named Koda).
And love to make things for families, teachers, counselors, and schools to use to support the social & emotional resilience of kids and teens.
The north stars which orient WholeHearted stuff are:
All kids, and most of us grown-ups, too, do the best that we can, given the resources that we have, at any given moment.
Empathy, connection, compassion, kindness, and calm are contagious.
Tough challenges, mistakes, and vulnerabilities birth grit, self-efficacy and strength.
Black tea at 4am, kindness, libraries, showing up, being brave, hard work, a good pair of running shoes, second chances, free speech, mountain sunrises, family game night, mindful breaths, dog love, green chile, and chocolate.
And this, too: connection, love, courage, resilience, belonging, and agency are best realized as verbs that need to be practiced over and over again.