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Avani Pandya

National Trainer – Educator

Avani’s philosophy about teaching is simple. She agrees with Madeline Hunter when she said, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” Many think she was being too “warm and fuzzy” but what she meant was you are not going to reach some kids academically until you first reach them on the “human to human” level. Sometimes the subject matter in our classrooms can’t compete with the unusual incidents in their lives. The main ingredient that needs to be enhanced in a lot of our classrooms today is a “connection with kids.” Avani believes that research is clear when students know you value them as human beings, not just another student; they will work harder for you and challenge you less. She also believes teachers don’t need any more theory and new, trendy programs with catchy names.

Avani believes teachers need to be given research-based, proven, practical strategies and applications that teachers can start implementing immediately – without throwing anything out that is working in their classroom. Avani believes educators have the toughest job in America as they are asked every day to wear many different hats – mom, dad, nurse, counselor, teacher, advisor, judge, jury, lawyer – just to name a few.

Avani understands that students come into our classrooms and schools with different backgrounds and cultures and their cognitive abilities, assets, and experiences are just as wide-ranging.  Sometimes the only thing students have in common is their age! The “one size fits all” approach does not work anymore.

Avani also knows the biggest unchallenged assumption that prevails today about education is that kids are coming to school willing and ready to learn. As educators, we know this is not the case, as we have a generation of kids coming to our schools from different circumstances. Avani knows there is a lot we can do from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM guiding students and making a difference in their lives through education.

Avani is dedicated to helping educators be successful through motivation, inspiration, fun, and a common-sense approach to stress management. Most importantly, she leaves educators with as many proven, practical strategies as she can.