About Me

Tommi is a native-born North Carolinian who has lived and worked in Charlotte for over forty years. She currently lives in the Fourth Ward neighborhood in uptown Charlotte. She is the proud mother of two adult children, Chris and Erin, both of whom live in the Charlotte area. Erin has ADD and as a college graduate has successfully dealt with the impact of the symptoms of that disorder on her academic life. Thus, she gave Tommi first-hand experience parenting a child with a learning and behavior difference.

Professional Experience

Working with emotionally disturbed children in state facilities:
  • Dorothea Dix Hospital, Raleigh
  • Children's Psychiatric Institute, Butner

Working with emotionally disturbed children in residential settings:
  • Wright's School, Durham
  • Alexander Children's Center, Charlotte

Working in public schools:
  • Crisis Intervention Teacher
  • Resource Room Teacher
  • Self-contained Classroom Teacher
    • Emotionally disturbed, behavioral disordered and learning disabled
  • TEACCH Classroom Teacher
    • Autistic, communications handicap and developmentally delayed

Teacher and parent workshops:
  • Topics include all aspects of the education and management of children with special needs

Individual consultation sessions with both parents, students, and teachers

Educational Background

Duke University
Bachelor of Arts Degree

Psychology and Elementary Education

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Masters of Education

Emphasis on the Emotionally Disturbed and Learning Disabled