I came to the USA at the age of 14yrs old from Jamaica W.I., and lived in Brooklyn New York with my single mother and four siblings. Getting an education was not easy for me, with my will and determination I not only got a primary school education I went on to earn a Doctorate in Education, Licensed Pre-K-12 Principal, Pre-K-12 General and Special Education teacher and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
I have over 20yrs of experience in K-12 public school and higher education, as a school leader and professor. I am now an Elite Coach, Speaker and Proctor Gallagher Consultant who is helping people get unstuck and living a successful life that matters.
Personal Development, Changing Subconscious Beliefs, Shifting Paradigms and Improving Self-Image, Impact, Income and influence
Education, Social Emotional Learning and Crossfit
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Everything is negotiable
I was born in Jamaica W.I. and grew up in a house with many of my extended family members. My parents, me and my four siblings share one bedroom in my grandparents house. I did not have access to school in my neighborhood in Jamaica therefore, I had to travel miles to get to school. If I missed the 5am market truck that took fruits and vegetables to the Kingston Market, I would have to walk to school before the sun came up or stay home and work in my father’s shop. I came to the USA at the age of 14yrs old and live in Brooklyn NY with my single mother and four siblings in a two bedroom government assistance apartment that was above a bodega in one of Brooklyn's worst neighborhoods. I suffered form abused and trauma as a child and due to those experiences, I had a very negative self Image being a black lesbian woman living in a America Therefore, I worked very hard to get an education, my drive to be well educated came from my low self-esteem, and fear that no one would love me unless I was smart. I did not feel I was good enough until I finally looked at my daughter and realized that my thinking would affect the way that I was raising her. I did not want her to grow up the way I did, I want her to love who she is and do the things that bring her joy. A year ago, after receiving coaching and doing the work on myself to overcome fear, worry and procrastination, I realized that I was not living my dream and not inspired to continue working in the education space. Throughout the coaching process, I discovered that the universe had a different plan for me. I discovered that I needed to change my career from being a vice principal in a public school to become a Life Coach and Speaker. I now help people get unstuck using Bob Proctor's teachings. I am a wife to Kirsten Kotraba, and a mother to 6yrs old twins Manya and Cyrus. My son Cyrus has severe medical, special needs and uses a wheelchair. I love my family very much and I want to show up for them being my best self.
When I learned that I could change my thoughts to create my own reality. Looking at my subconscious mind and rewinding it to stop the pain and suffering in my life. Once I understood that if I change my thinking, I can change the way I feel and I could change my behavior… I could become the person I actually wanted to be.
Show Notes: www.friedtheburnoutpodcast.com/home/dr-simone-kotraba