Tracy spent 24 years as a navy wife living all over the world. She has volunteered as a guardian ad litem and has dedicated her entire adult life advocating for those with special needs. Tracy is the mother of three children, two of whom have autism. She has spent the past several years working in the public-school system. While in this capacity she has had candid conversations with students. It was through these conversations that Sage Kids was born. Tracy is passionate and believes that anything is possible if you believe in it. She fundamentally believes that you will never know until you try and if you fail then you try again. She loves spending time with her family and friends. She laughs often and you will rarely find her without a smile on her face. She resides in Charleston, you can contact Tracy at email@example.com
Meet Daviana Douglas, our rising rock star. Don’t let her youth fool you. Daviana, is an accomplished artist, not only selling many pieces of her own work, but donating even more to events that she has helped coordinate. She has spent countless hours of her own time creating pieces of artwork to be used in silent auctions, then gone on to work at the event. She is not afraid to knock on doors, make phone calls, or ask for help. She can find a venue and organize an event and still keep a smile on her face. You can reach Daviana at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Edie Bomar. If being the mother of three teenage girls was not a fulltime job, let’s add a few more items to make sure Miss Edie doesn’t let herself become too idle. She has been an active, faithful member of her church since before she could walk. She has been happily married to her husband, Michael. for 19 years. Yet, somehow, she managed to earn her BSE in Family & Consumer Sciences and her MS in Family & Consumer Sciences. Edie has been teaching 9th to 12th graders for 23 years. She has developed amazing programs and has been gracious enough to share her wonderful ideas with Sage Kids. One of her programs, which I’m proud to share: Edie has kindergarteners draw pictures of what they think a monster looks like. These five-year old’s give them to her high school students who make these drawings into stuffed animals, “taking the scary away” and now the monster is a beloved stuffed animal. This is just one of the amazing innovations Edie has cultivated and developed in her classroom.
When I had my first classroom I went to Edie for advice, and it was because of her candor, compassion and honesty that my first year was so successful and I will forever be grateful. Edie has offered to be a consultant to sagekids.org and by doing so we have been given a virtual gold mine of knowledge and resources that we will never be able to repay, nor will we take for granted. Again, our heartfelt thanks. Edie can be reached at email@example.com
Meet Rhys Bryant. Some may think…why is a 23-year-old, that is still in college listed as a consultant? It’s because she’s a 23-year-old, still in college, fresh out of high school, that makes her a perfect choice as a consultant. Rhys went to college with 29 scholarships. She spends her summers working as a counselor at a camp in New York for children with autism and while she is finishing her degree in special education, she manages to maintain a 4.0 GPA and works a full-time job. Yet the first thing Rhys will tell you, “I had no clue what a credit score was…or meant when I graduated from high school”. She will also tell you she never learned the first thing about debit or credit, how to balance a bank account or the spiral effect of over drawing a bank account. Now remember….Rhys is a 4.0 student. She is smart, she is savvy, she’s got her act together and she’s figured these things out, but she will be the first to admit….it would have made her life, and the lives of many others a whole lot easier if some of these basic skills were taught in high school. Rhys is our reality check at Sage Kids. She’s the gender gap. While we have doctors, teachers and a plethora of other professionals willing to help in any way they can, Rhys bridges the gap between the young and those in denial of no longer being young:) She will literally laugh out loud and say, “please, please don’t ever suggest doing that…EVER AGAIN!” You can contact Rhys at firstname.lastname@example.org