Your choice for your child’s education and care – meet Richelle – co-founder of Waymaker Academy

My name is Richelle and I’ve been learning all of my life. Or, more specifically, I’ve been learning to love learning.

Growing up I enjoyed school for the social aspect of seeing my friends, partaking in sports, and participating in extracurricular activities. When I became a mom, I wanted my children to love school for all those reasons but I also wanted them to have a love for learning. 

I love to learn but very rarely was taught in a way that ignited a fire in me to learn more. I credit a huge portion of my success to my own mom who always supported my adventures and my dreams, and never doubted that I could accomplish anything. 

I wanted to be that ‘mom’ to my children. To make this happen, I knew I wanted my children to be in an educational setting that allowed them to be outside-of-the-box thinkers and support their individual needs. 

This is how Montessori came into my life.

I loved the Montessori way of teaching. I enrolled my children in it as soon as they were the appropriate age. 

But I still felt that there was something missing.

When I met Tawnya, we realized that we had the same beliefs. We both loved the Montessori method, but thought it lacked something special.

And that special thing was the Christian beliefs.

As we taught our children in our basement, I realized that some things were not coming as easy as I thought they should for my kids. Through lots of tears and bad days it came to light that my children had learning differences. 

The more I learned about learning differences, the more I realized that a lot of the characteristics described myself. I decided to get myself tested and to no surprise I was diagnosed with dyslexia as well as ADHD.

The day I got this diagnosis was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders; it provided me with an understanding of why I saw the world the way I do and that there is a way to help others who also suffer from this same thing. I consider this a blessing for both me and my children.

I am now more aware of how many other children have struggled or are currently struggling with learning differences. And that is what inspires me to do what I’m doing today.

Thank you for letting me introduce myself! Look forward to Tawnya’s bio tomorrow, and more content in the next few weeks!