Linder Educational Coaching
“It’s better to be a good person than a good student.”
Part-therapist, part-mentor, Kristin Carpenter combines empathy with empowerment. Her success working with students is tied to her ability to connect them to own their success.
“Kids go through a lot. There is so much pressure to succeed. It creates anxiety, rebellious behavior –which is hard on the whole family,” says Carpenter. “I love empowering young women and men. Life is about balance. We do the tough part (of education), so families can spend their time as families.”
Carpenter grew up in rural Louisiana in a school system with few resources. While getting her graduate degree at Georgetown University, she worked for subject tutoring companies and saw the need for a holistic approach to education. She launched Linder Educational Coaching in 2008. Now, Carpenter is doing cutting-edge research in cognitive development and learning disabilities at George Mason University while running a successful business and raising a one-year-old.
“I balance my time between the university lab and our office. While it makes for long days, it gives me insights into advances in neuroscience and education, which is an advantage for my students,” she says.
Linder Educational Coaching provides a full range of services, including: executive functioning support, skill development, school coordination and test preparation. The focus is to teach students the skills they need to be successful so that they can be independent.
“Arlington is an exceptional place to live, but it’s also a pressure cooker. There are a lot of kids who are unhappy learning,” observes Carpenter. “I help return balance to the family and let them focus on the important things outside of school. It’s better to be a good person than a good student.”