"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming." - Goethe
Professor of Education & Sociology
I am passionate about transformational education and personal growth. I believe that people are capable of transforming their lives and achieve their highest potential. As educators, we have a responsibility to inspire and empower students, young and old, to always believe in themselves and to never stop learning and growing.
"Growing up without indoor plumbing in a third world country, Val didn't let her background prevent her from visualizing and dreaming of a better world for herself. As a child, Val was affected by her mother's limited opportunities because she didn't have a chance to get an education. Val decided to change her family's legacy and she became a college student at 28 years old. At 38 she went back and started a doctoral program and four years later she graduated with a doctorate and education specialist in education leadership.
For the past 15 years, Val has served in various capacities from a high school teacher to a college professor, coach, faculty trainer, and department chair. She is passionate about teaching and empowering students to never give up, to work hard and to overcome self-limiting beliefs, and turn pain into purpose.
"If I could do it, anyone can" - we need to believe in ALL people and give them the tools they need to transform their lives and become independent thinkers and lead successful, happy and healthy lives.
"Individual transformation is the solution to all human problems."
I see potential in every person.
Imagine getting up every morning excited to start your day, doing work that matters and being recognized for it, keeping your body and mind/brain healthy and strong, pursuing your hobbies, and spending time with the people you love.
It is possible? YES. The answer is to live with purpose and meaning, which is live in alignment with your values. To stop listening to what others tell you what "you should do", measuring your self-worth based on what they say or listening to that negative voice that pops up on our head from time to time.
No, you won't waste your time anymore. You were born to feel empowered and alive and now you're ready to take control over your own decisions and life. Time goes by quickly and you deserve to enjoy every moment of it.
Here is the place. You've found the right place.
I will help you discover your true self, desires, and strengths. I will teach you how to overcome your negative beliefs, and create a life that's meaningful and satisfying. I will teach you how to become confident, speak with conviction, and be proud of who you are. I will teach you how to own your values, find your purpose and design your life aligned with your values, which will create meaning and fulfillment. Working together will transform your life to levels you don't yet know.
Are you ready to discover your potential?
"To reach your greatest potential you'll have to fight your greatest fears."
I love to speak and work with students and faculty because they allow me to share my passion for teaching and to help them see how rewarding and fun it can be to take teaching seriously. If you're looking for a keynote speaker to inspire and motivate your students and faculty or someone to lead workshops on teaching and student success please get in touch.
"Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very importnat for good health." - Dalai Lama
Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
& Holistic Education Advocate
I am committed to living a holistic lifestyle. I show up every day, I do meaningful work that makes a difference, I care for my body, mind/brain, and always seek to learn and improve.
My morning routine is as follows: wake up at 5 am, I meditate, workout, read and then get ready for a productive day.
I eat nutritional foods, sleep at least 7 hours, surround myself with positive people and remove anything that's toxic or unhealthy, which includes, people, foods, news, clutter, ...etc.
I also share my love for meditation and wellness with my students. I begin each class with a few minutes of meditation to set the tone for an educational transformative experience. The results have been ...transformative.