I believe that the more we understand our strengths and weaknesses, especially in the area of executive functioning, the better we can learn and apply skills and strategies which help us succeed. I have my M.A. degree in Special Education, and spent 30+ years experience as as a Special Education Teacher at both elementary and secondary levels.

I have been helping students and families as an Academic Coach and Executive Function Coach for 7+ years. Since retiring from the school system, it has been my mission to continue to help elementary through college age students; I do this by:

  • Helping them to learn about themselves
  • Teaching and guiding them to set goals, problem-solve, make decisions, take initiative, progress monitor, and evaluate their results
  • Coaching them to demonstrate their knowledge more effectively
  • Empowering them to advocate for themselves

I feel passionate about supporting and empowering students as they gain self-knowledge, build self-confidence, self-esteem, and resilience to be able to problem solve more efficiently.

I keep current with research about ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Executive Functioning, Mindfulness, and Homework. I am a member of CHADD and Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and have attended  national conferences. I have presented about Executive Function to groups of teachers and parents.

​My husband and two adult children are my inspiration. They continue to provide support and allow me to share their experiences about executive functioning, ADHD, anxiety, and depression.


Please feel free to reach out to Open Minds Educational Services via the contact form below. You may also send Bonnie Leaf an email, or give her a call today.