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Becoming me: my journey of becoming an advocate
I’m a passionate teacher, a curious anthropologist, a children’s book author and a guiding and empowering life coach / mediator.
I decided to be a teacher at age 10 and started teaching (in Hungary) at age 18, then coaching children and parents, once I became a certified Life Coach and Mediator.
I realized early on: children are not getting what they need: an exploration based, inclusive, child-centered education, where they are respected and heard. So I became their advocate.
The mainstream education system focuses on hard skills (academic skills), but doesn’t recognize the need and importance of teaching soft skills: critical thinking skills, social emotional skills, skills for dealing with feelings: the art of being a human.
I was born in New Jersey, raised in Hungary and married to a Chilean.
With that being said, multiculturalism is part of my life. I love to travel and learn from cultures and its individuals.
I have had passion for anthropology ever since I was a little girl: understanding and learning about human nature. So I started my journey which granted me with my Applied Cultural Anthropology degree.
Being inspired by my students and their every day struggles in different areas (such as emotional, social competences and behavior, cognitive), I published my first, social emotional well being focused children’s book in October, 2018, launched the second one in November, 2019 and currently working on finishing the third book.
As George Bernard Shaw said:
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
This is my journey of self-creation.
This is my journey of becoming an Educational Anthropologist and creating
Anthro - Ed .
Hello my name is Bevin O’Brien. I am a 3rd generation St. Petersburg FL native. Education has always been a passion of mine. My parents were always very supportive of my envedors. My dad liked to encourage my passion for writing and my mom encouraged my love for the arts. Working with children has always come naturally to me. One of my first jobs was working at a preschool. I learned that I love to advocate for children, and listen to them. I learned that I had a lot to learn from them. I began to see that from a very young age, children yearn for love and acceptance, in many forms. I started working with 2 year olds and worked up to working with the 5 year olds. It was amazing to me to see the different dynamics of the children, parents and teachers. I often became the teacher that took the “harder” students outside because my calm demeanor and the fresh air helped them come down from the escalating emotions they were feeling. During my time at this preschool, I was simultaneously beginning my journey into motherhood. I was a young mother looking at the world in new ways. I realized some hard truths about raising children in this day and age. I ended up leaving that preschool disheartened and emotional (pregnancy hormones played a part I am sure). My daughter was born and she became my world. I tried my best to be the best for her and I gave her my all. Over time I learned to be there for myself too. My daughter and I grew together, and learned from each other. As she got older I wanted to send her to a school that would parallel some of the values we were growing. I was looking for something child centered, something that was just one step further than being home with me. I wanted someplace hands on and real, where childhood was preserved and children were loved and felt whole. I found that place and fell in love. I later started working at that school. As a teacher in a place like this I was able to see the children for what they were. I was able to grow as a holistic educator and we found a rhythm. People noticed that what we were doing was working. Children were happy, and learning, and happy to learn. Their young lives were unfolding so naturally. I decided that I wanted to continue to work with children, but I wanted to try working with older children. I decided to finish my degree. I graduated CUM LAUDE from USFSP. I received a bachelor's degree in elementary education with ESOL, ESE and Reading endorsements. I took a job at a small elementary school teaching 4th and 5th grade. This school was/ is dear to my heart. I went to this school as a child, and my mother taught there for 20 years. I made some of my truest and deepest friendships there. I felt like I was coming home. I again was given the opportunity to teach in an organic way. I again was in a place where children were happy, and learning , and happy to learn. I am grateful for all of the educational opportunities that have presented themselves in my life. I truly believe in listening to children in a revolutionary way. Communication, relationships, trust and experiences shape us all, and giving children an organic way to grow these connections, is crucial.