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Meet the Moderator: Tracy Maxwell

The Inside Track blog post by The Understood Team
Mar 02, 2015

Tracy Maxwell and family

Our community offers you the chance to connect with parents facing the same issues as you. To ensure the community is a safe and respectful place, we have a team of 12 dedicated community moderators. In our Meet the Moderator Q&A series, you’ll meet every one of them!

Next up is Tracy Maxwell, who co-moderates the Early Learners group.

Q: Tracy, tell us about yourself.

A: A bit of an introduction—I’m currently in the middle of what I call my third career. My first was as a middle school teacher. After nine years as a teacher, I was led to my second career as a stay-at-home mom. Then, a few years ago, when the youngest of our children headed to school, I started a new business as a local dessert caterer.

I know they all seem a bit unrelated. But each career choice reflects something I’m passionate about—teens, education, my family and delicious desserts!

Q: Why did you decide to be a community moderator?

A: Of all my careers, my favorite is the role of wife and mom. My husband, Brian, and I have been married 20 years, and have four children together. Our three daughters are 15, 13 and 11, and our son is 9. Recently, we found out that our son has dyslexia.

I was taken by surprise by our son’s dyslexia. Reading was no problem for his three older sisters, and we assumed he would have the same type of experience. As a young child, he had a strong vocabulary. He was social and would carry on a conversation with anyone.

Struggling with language was not on our radar. But then came some signs of concern with his reading.

Thankfully, our school system has been very open and helpful to him. But navigating the educational system has still been a challenge. And I’m a former teacher! I can only wonder what parents who don’t have ties to the field of education must experience and face.

Because of my education background and our son’s experience, I found myself sharing tips and advice with other families in our school district. After starting to help others, I realized I wanted to contribute more. That’s why I decided I wanted to be a moderator.

Q: What will parents find in the group you moderate?

A: They’ll find a soft place to land, to learn and to grow.

In the early stages of education, most of the ground is unknown. You don’t have a sense of what’s supposed to be “normal” for your child. Early learners are just beginning to develop their unique personalities and learning styles. That often creates a whole bunch of questions for parents. My co-moderator Tina and I—and all the members of the group—are here to help.

Q: What’s your biggest hope for the community?

A: Like everyone, I want this to be the “go-to” resource for parents, teachers and advocates on learning and attention issues.

I think it’s also important to say that my family’s journey is still relatively new. So I’m grateful that Understood is right here, right now, offering advice and information from the top experts in their fields. My biggest hope is that as the community grows, so do the possibilities for our children. Now that’s exciting!

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