Monica is passionate about nurturing the love of learning and has vast experience in helping learners of all ages enjoy learning. Working locally in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area and virtually (online), all over the world, she especially enjoys helping learners who have unique talents and challenges develop their strengths and learn in ways that work for them, so they can become lifelong learners and thrive in our 21st century world.
She has worked with children, parents and other adults in a wide variety of educational, hospital and business settings for over 40 years. She has been active in alternative education since 1978, home educated two of her own children, and worked with other home educating families at Clonlara School of Ann Arbor, Michigan for more than 10 years and with SelfDesign Learning Foundation of Vancouver, British Columbia for another 10 years, in a variety of roles including director of SelfDesign Global, working with learners and families outside of BC.
Monica earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in a multi-disciplinary program in child development, social work, and early childhood education and a Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University in special education. She also earned a Primary Montessori Certification from the American Montessori Society and is an Advanced DIR practitioner and a provider of SSP (Safe and Sound Protocol) and the iLs Focus System of Integrated Listening Systems. She holds a K-12 Michigan teaching certificate in learning disabilities and emotional impairment. Since 1997, following her youngest son’s auto accident, she has also been active in working with survivors of traumatic brain injuries and learners with other health issues, as they redesign their lives.
A Guide Along the Path
Monica Cochran guided me as a parent on the path of self-designing an education for my children that was personalised and matched each of their unique learning styles. I found Monica to be extremely knowledgeable with regards to the developmental phases of a child’s life and learning. She comes equipped with not only her education, but her many years of experience, too. She connects easily with both parents and children of all ages. She worked with us with our children through different phases of their lives from six years of age through teenage years.
We found her to be warm, confident, steady, intuitive, experienced, and likeable. She has a ton of resources to draw from as well. She helped pave the path for my children toward a positive experience with life long learning that continues with each of them today. In addition, Monica mentored me in an internship in one of my own college degree programs. I highly recommend her and her work – Tracey H., United States