Adina started her career as a Bilingual/ESL teacher. Almost immediately, she recognized the need for becoming more of a specialist in serving and reaching families for whom English was a second language. First she obtained her special education certification and then she was selected by the district’s bilingual education department to complete an elite training program culminating in her first master’s degree in Reading and Bilingual Education. Her classroom became a multi-level learning center for Spanish speakers of all ages and ability levels.
Adina then chose to continue her education, conferring a second master’s in Educational Administration. Having encouraged and mentored students and families for years, Adina conferred a third master’s degree in the area of Counseling and Psychology. She also obtained certification as an Educational Diagnostician and counselor. Adina served as a Special Education Counselor, behavior specialist, and evaluator for students with autism, emotional challenges, and learning differences. Adina left the school system to open her private practice after her oldest child was born and worked for several years as a bilingual contract, autism, and early childhood evaluator. Adina also served as a national trainer for a parenting company and an assessment and mental health professional at a private social service agency. While working in these positions, Adina had the opportunity to advocate for students with learning and developmental differences; the hallmark of her practice today.
Having pursued training in mediation, Adina regularly assists divorcing parents seeking evaluations, expert witness advice, and parenting coordination.