Monise was born and raised in South Bend, IN. A product of public schools, she went on to graduate from the University of Notre Dame, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a concentration in African American Studies. Monise moved to the Atlanta area in 2002 to begin her first teaching job as a Special Education Teacher. After 5 years, Monise reluctantly walked away from the classroom to homeschool her oldest child and complete graduate studies. Although Monise is still passionate about the quality of public education, she realized that her children’s needs were not being met and their opportunities to explore creativity and develop as thinkers were slowly being replaced by bubble tests. Her family started their homeschool year this past July. You can read more about their discoveries in the Journey Into Homeschooling (Again) blog series.
With the help of a great and supportive life coach, @Stephanie_Alva of @MyLifeKeys, Monise has reinvented herself; she’s found the courage and creativity to do the things she really loves: Baking and helping kids develop an appreciation for the arts. This past March, Monise launched her naturally-sweetened cake business, ‘Heaven Must Be Like This‘.. You can read more about the inspiration for the business in the blog series Chronicles in Entrepreneurship and you can also follow the First 100 Days As An Entrepreneur series.
In addition to blogging on her own sites, she has been a guest blogger/contributor on the following sites:
Guest Blog/Writing Contributions
Atlanta Educational Reform Examiner:
Parents Get Test Anxiety Too (February 19, 2012)
Quick Tips to Navigating and Surviving the Special Education System (September 8, 2010)
Who and What Determines If Kids Are College Material? (September 28, 2010)
Gwinnett Homeschool Examiner:
Homeschool Spotlight: The Atlanta History Center (August 31, 2012)
The Role of Standardized Testing in the Homeschool Classroom (August 24, 2012)
Homeschooling Families Embrace Social Media to Connect (August 20, 2012)
Who Will Take A Stand? (March 25, 2010)
When Things Unsaid, Say a lot (June 24, 2010)
Race to the Top Success Requires Admission of a Broken Education System (December 6, 2010)
Feel free to follow and interact with Monise on Twitter: @MoniseLSeward