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Angie deBorja of Choice Exposure Marketing interviews Jill Kauffman of Reaching for the Stars Tutoring in Bowie, Maryland. Jill has been tutoring for nearly 20 years and has the knowledge and life experience to help students get results in their academic lives. Listen in as we speak to Jill about the services she offers.
You can connect with Jill at:
Mon -Thurs Hours: 9:15am - 8pm
Friday and Saturday tutoring by appointment only.
With face to face meetings, a face mask, negative Covid test, and temperature checks every hour or half-hour are required.
Lisa did not come from an easy childhood. She and her siblings were raised by her loving single mother and she came from a low-income family. When she was 13, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. Despite this life changing diagnosis, Lisa’s mother always stressed the significance of education as a way to break any hurdles in life. That moved her to continue studying despite her condition and rejections. ‘’I applied to a college in Virginia, and they said I cannot make it, that I cannot contribute anything but I used it as a motivation to prove people wrong. I entered community college in 1987 and I graduated with honors.’’ Her mother passed away from breast cancer while she was studying, and it was a very difficult time as she was very close to her, but that difficulty did not stop her. She graduated Cum Laude at Lord Fairfax Community College and Magna Cum Laude at Shenandoah University and got a job right after graduating.
In August 2018, Lisa started to use her voice and experience to influence and motivate others. She has self-hosted events about motivation. She is very passionate about sharing information on different facets, most of which she personally experienced and overcame- financial strain, raising children, epilepsy, paying off student loans, applying for scholarships and grants. For those having a hard time at school for example, Lisa shares ‘’While at school I used to have financial struggles. I had most of my meals from vending machines. I went home to a cold house. I use that experience to motivate people to overcome hardships in school.’’ She also discusses topics about work like helping others make an effective resume to apply for a job. ‘’I have been asked to be a guest teacher at the Virginia State University where I help students in resume building, developing their elevator speech, and other topics.’’ It is not just motivation that she is giving, but she also wants to be a voice for people with similar conditions like hers, like her children with ADHD, and she wants to help them thrive and get a solid education.
The struggles and drawbacks that she experienced did not stop her from becoming what she is today. ‘’People told me, I cannot have my own family, and that I cannot raise children, but now I am married, I built a home and I have two sons.’’ She has a full-time job, she is a motivational speaker, and there is no stopping her from influencing and inspiring other people. What she always emphasizes is ‘’You can do whatever you want to do. It is up to you to stand up and do it. You need to have the determination and fight the obstacles because those are just tests.’’
If you want to experience her motivational events and learn more about Lisa, you can visit her website at https://lisambyrd.com. You can also purchase your very own motivational T-shirt on her website.
If you were inspired and motivated by Lisa M. Byrd’s story or experienced one of her motivational speeches, please feel free to share and comment below.