Deena balances a warm and inviting approach to students while holding them accountable. As a patient and clear communicator with students and parents alike, Deena uses creative approaches to build strong connections. She believes in empowering students towards independence and understands that they need support before working on their own. As a strong believer in consent based learning, Deena knows that meaningful change happens when students have ownership over their learning process.Deena has been working with students of all ages since high school. Starting in Special Ed classes, after school tutoring, and then volunteering. She has worked throughout undergrad and after graduating with a degree in Speech Science and Psychology. Benefiting from great mentors, her hands-on learning taught her how to adapt instruction based on the needs of the student. She has been continuing to grow since joining Organized Minds in September of 2020. Deena started first as a coach, and has now been successfully supervising other coaches as a caseload manager since the beginning of 2021. As a caseload manager she is responsible for overseeing and aiding coaches in their support of families through parent meetings, problem solving, and mentoring. She is incredibly reliable, has a strong follow through, and is never in short supply of creative solutions.When not empowering students, she enjoys photography, swimming, weight lifting, playing board games, and traveling. (You know, all the best stuff.)
Parent of a student working with Deena since December 2020
Our son was having tremendous difficulty keeping up with a rigorous academic program. It was at a point that he feared he might fail his English course. We sought out help from Organized Minds and were paired up with Deena to help him with executive functioning. He has said himself that because of the tools she showed him to help him stay organized and manage his time he was able to pass English. He also gained much needed confidence to communicate his needs to his teachers effectively. We are very grateful that he has learned skills to help himself succeed in the future. We highly recommend the services at Organized Minds.