Adia Dawn, M.A.
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
My professional experience and life story have shaped how I show up for myself and my clients.
My love and compassion for children have greatly influenced the choices I have made in my educational pursuits, and my career path thus far. Before becoming a Nationally Certified School Psychologist I earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology, received my license as a Specialist in School Psychology, and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin. I have 15 years of combined experience working with educators, children and their families.
I discovered my passion for mentoring and guidance while working as a nanny to put myself through college and during my time working in the public schools in my hometown of Austin, Texas. I valued the connections that I made with children, and the opportunity to be in a position of inspiring hope and sharing knowledge through my words and interactions. The children I worked with would tell me that I made a difference in their life just by being there with them. They shared that my teaching them to breathe when they got mad helped them be able to calm their emotions better. One child even told me that I helped him become his best self just by being his friend.
After years of working directly with children, which I loved, I had the privilege of taking on a mentorship role with special education teachers while in the schools. I was tasked with supporting and inspiring them to provide high-quality instruction while facilitating collaboration within the special education team. I was praised for my strong communication skills, as well as the collaborative and caring attitude I took in giving constructive feedback for positive growth. It was during this time that I began to refine my communication skills, and continue to develop myself as a leader and coach.
In order to strengthen my communication skills and more effectively facilitate collaboration, I become a qualified mediator. Through mediation training, I learned conflict resolution strategies, gained skills to facilitate productive discussions, and now understand more deeply how and why individuals end up in conflict with themselves and others. The mediation strategies I have learned allow me to work more effectively with individuals from differing viewpoints and assist in productive decision-making and goal setting.
My approach to mentorship begins with building trust and creating space for open communication and cooperation toward a common goal. Because of this, I have built strong connections and lasting relationships with all of my past mentees.
When I was in college I was that that person, the one that everyone came to when they needed someone to listen or to help them figure out how to solve a problem or fix something.
I was always told that I was a good listener and that I was really good at giving feedback or sparking ideas to help them figure out how to solve problems or make decisions. I loved helping them, and the more I did it the better I got at it.
When I got to graduate school I found myself hearing the same feedback. I was the go-to for helping friends figure things out, or listen when they had a tough day. I was yet again told that I had a knack for really listening and helping others find clarity.
During my time working in public schools, students and educators viewed me as a mentor and often asked for guidance. I realized that I had a passion for helping others solve problems, communicate more effectively, think more positively, and gain clarity.
The mentorship relationships that I have built in the past have served as a catalyst for my own understanding of the importance of having someone in life who listens, supports you, believes in you, empowers you to be your best, and pushes you to work harder than you think you're capable.