Who am I?
I am Mary, retired psychologist, current college professor, and homeschool mom to a wonderful son who struggles with auditory processing, reading, and writing. I have a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. My clinical work primarily served students, women, families, and children in the areas of anxiety, depression, and educational testing. I also presented seminars on various areas of children’s mental health to area teachers, guidance counselors, daycare workers, and parents. I have taught at the college level for more than 25 years and am passionate about my students and their learning. As a mom, I have found my son to be hot and cold on books and reading, and honestly, he’s not always even much into listening to books. I have what seems like a gazillion books in our house, simply attempting to engage him. What did the trick? Usborne books. And so, I decided if he would listen and read them, I’d do everything in my power to get more. So here I am, a consultant of Usborne Books & More. And now I understand why Usborne books engage him. They captivate the eyes, sing to the ears, and tickle the mind.
What is Igniting a Spark?
Igniting a Spark is my business dedicated to helping ignite a love of learning in your children through awesome books and hands-on learning. I love sparking people’s passions for life, love, and learning whether that be through great children’s books, hands on learning projects, education, inspiration, or listening and dreaming with them. For me, listening, nurturing, and educating have always gone hand in hand.
What is Usborne Books & More?
Usborne Books & More (UBAM) is a children's book publisher which publishes some of the most enjoyable, engaging, high quality, and educational children's books on the market. Peter Usborne, founder of Usborne Publishing, comments, “Children are clever – they are our equals. We shouldn’t talk down to them, but look across at them. Books should be friendly, and as much like magnets as possible. They should be reliable and accurate, stylish and artistic. Books should help get you off your couch so you’re not just sitting there watching TV and chewing gum. They should promote wondering. They should be better than good.”