Today we’d like to introduce you to Markeisha Hall.
Hi Markeisha, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am a certified Jai Parent Coach, Autism Travel Professional, IEP Coach and CEO of Hallegacy, LLC. I have facilitated over two dozen IEP meetings annually as a member of the Assessment Team while I was in the classroom as a Special Education Teacher and advocated to help parents be more impactful members at the IEP table, but more importantly than that I am a mom of 4 wonderful kids and married to my college sweetheart for 22 years coming up in September.
I know first-hand the value of parents being an integral partners in their student’s educational journey. In 2018, became more intimate with this reality when we adopted our youngest son Josiah. During the adoption process, he was diagnosed with Autism.
Having to employ my professional skills into my immediate family, I gained a new vantage point of being empowered to lead my child’s special education experience. Without hesitation, I knew I was meant to take a bold leap into helping empower parents as my life’s work outside of the classroom.
I’m now bridging the two IEP and Parent coaching expertise into coaching services to help parents take the lead on their students’ educational roadmap, create more inclusive educational and recreational experiences, and learn new parenting tools. Through her signature 7-step Unique approach in her exclusive PEP Squad- Parent Advocate Community.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road… I struggle with anxiety and in this day and age, you have to show up online. I started Hallegacy during the pandemic, everything was online. Which meant I had to be there… talking. But, did and although I still get anxious I do it.
Also, out of all of the courses through high school, getting a B.A, and a M.A. there were not many on being this entrepreneur or should I say solopreneur journey, it is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot that goes into it that I just did not understand.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I work with parents that are raising children with disabilities to be more confident in their parenting. When their child is diagnosed they immediately have many other adults’ input with their parenting decisions medically, educationally, etc. It can make them feel less confident in their parenting but I want to let them know that they do have rights and their voices matter, and what matters most is their relationship with their child.
What set me apart is this is I am a parent to an autistic child and a former special education teacher, my husband is currently still in the classroom as a special education teacher so we get what it is like.
I am most proud of the first Momma Needs a Break retreat that I hosted this past April, creating community and giving moms raising kids with disabilities a chance to recharge.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
I see parents raising children with disabilities getting more confident in their parenting and taking some of their power back. Making some big changes in policy in education and communities that will be more inclusive and relevant to the time that we live in today.
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- Website: www.markeishahall.com
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