To each of her clients, Judy brings passion, enthusiasm, and more than 25 years of experience as consultant, project director, facilitator, presenter, coach, trainer, product developer, author, college instructor, and elementary classroom teacher. Throughout her career, Judy has been committed to helping people be successful in their endeavors, working with them to solve problems until they are satisfied, optimistic, and organized to take actions toward well-articulated results.
Judy believes that the most effective way to assist her clients as they engage in creative problem solving is to listen, interpret, synthesize, and communicate what she has heard in ways that they can use to accomplish their goals. Her approach is to assess the dynamics of a group, think strategically, identify critical issues, and adapt her style to a group's needs.
After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in the mid-seventies, she was asked to join the staff first as an admissions specialist and then as Assistant Director of Admissions. Several years later, she attended the Bank Street College of Education where she received her masters degree and was then invited to teach a multi-age class of eight and nine years in the School for Children, the lab school of Bank Street College. During the ten years she spent at Bank Street, she also taught graduate courses in early childhood curriculum development and began providing professional development to teachers in the metropolitan area.
Teaching at Bank Street and the opportunity to collaborate with exceptional colleagues established Judy's strong philosophical beliefs about teaching and learning: the importance of dialogue to promote thinking, the power of observation, and the principles and value of experiential learning. Judy's deep interest in the role of relationship building in teaching and learning led her to pursue advanced graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania in cross cultural communication. Her studies have greatly influenced her work in all areas.
Judy thrives on collaboration and has co-authored numerous books, articles, training manuals, and videos in the field of education and communication.