I have been teaching manners classes to children and teens for 12 years. I am the mother of 3 grown boys, and my training really began with raising them. After 10 years in the retail business and watching roles shift, technology change the world and our children’s activities take precedence over the nighttime meal, I couldn’t stand by and be a silent observer.
I have learned a great deal over the past few years – I really care about these young people. They are the future.
Every day they are faced with tough decisions (seemingly at younger and younger ages). I believe if they have a firm foundation from parents and that foundation is positively reinforced by others, then they have a much better advantage at growing up with the self-confidence needed to achieve their life goals. Further, they will have a true understanding of why treating others with the utmost respect is so important.
After spending several years researching the subject of manners, developing a resource library and gathering materials for various activities, I received a certificate of training as an instructor for ages 4 years through senior high from the International School of Protocol, Baltimore, MD. Each year I continue to research different materials for classes when I am not teaching. Recently, I received etiquette certification for children ages 5 through high school as well as adults and professionals through the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette.
I teach a “Mini Manners” series in preschools and elementary schools throughout the year, conduct a program called “Mad About Manners” with middle and high school children, and run “Manners Camp” for ages 5 through 5th grade during the summer. I have spoken to Girl Scout Troops, parents’ and grandparents’ groups and have worked individually with children.
The concepts that I teach won’t be new to your children since you have already laid that foundation. I simply reinforce them in fun, positive and interactive ways. Thank you for entrusting them to me. I look forward to sharing in their lives.