In this episode of SuperPower Mommas, Tracey Severns, who is currently the Leadership and Learning Strategist for Rutgers Graduate School, joins Laura Greco as they explore the question of what is confidence and how do we model that for our children. Tracey is well positioned to speak to this topic as she has dedicated her entire career to the service of students, teachers and administrators since 1992. In serving as a classroom aide, a special education teacher, a vice principal and a director of student performance and a mom of her own two children, she’s gained much insight to what can assist moms and dads to building and nurturing the confidence that will be life sustaining to our children. So if you’ve ever wondered how you can support, instill and nurture confidence with deep love in your children, you’ll truly benefit from Tracey’s insight. Join us and let’s keep this much needed conversation going.
Hello and welcome. I’m Laura Greco and you’re listening to SuperPower Mommas and we’re so excited to have you here. Thank you for stopping in.
I am so excited to have Tracey Severns, I’m sorry, how am I saying your name? Severns?
Tracey Severns with me today. I know Tracey because of a woman’s, I’m almost reluctant to say networking group, but we are a wonderful group of women who get together and share our brilliance and ours different things that we work through as women and moms and entrepreneurs. I met her through that and heard her speak.
Tracey has dedicated her career to a service of students, teachers and administrators since 1992 and today we’re talking on the topic what is confidence and as a momma, how do we model this for our children? Tracey has also worked, as I mentioned here, she has been serving as a classroom aide, a special education teacher, a vice principal, a principal, director of student performance, superintendent, adjunct professor and Chief Academic Officer in the New Jersey Department of Education. She is currently the leadership and learning strategists for Rutgers Graduate School of Education Center and effective school practices, and she is a mom of two grown children. We’re so excited to have you here. So welcome.
Tracey, good. The way we always start off our show is to ask the first question about your super power. So what is your momma super power? What is your super, I mean really you’re a momma to so many, right? So what is your super power?
I would say that my super power is the ability to reach and teach all kinds of kids. Over the course of 31 years in education I have had the honor and the privilege and the challenge of working and learning alongside thousands of students. Most of my career was, well, I don’t know about most, but much of my career was with middle school kids and as everyone knows, sometimes they can be harder to love. I’ll put it that way. Sometimes parents said to me, “I’m so glad I get to send them to you all day because they are challenging at home,” and they certainly are, but someone needs to love them and I was happy that that was me.
I feel like middle school kids in particular are trying to figure out who I am and how I fit into the world. When we guide kids along that pathway, I think it’s very, very important. They’re defining themselves or seeing where they fit into the world and they’re looking forward to a future that hopefully gives them a sense of enthusiasm that they look forward to the people, the young adults that they will grow into. I would say my super power is connecting with kids, is to understand them on a personal level, connect with them on an intellectual level, but also just in a way that says, “I see you, I get you, I know you, I love you and I’m here for you.”