Kaizen Executive Function Coach

Donna Waterman

Empowering Brains for Learning & Life

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Donna Waterman

Executive Function Coach
Adult & Continuing Education Certificate

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Executive Skills Strengths

Working Memory

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Executive Skills to Support

Processing Speed
Flexible Thinking
Verbal Memory
Visual Memory

Donna entered the teaching profession with the intent of helping students; three decades later, she still loves it. Donna has a proven track record of serving kindergarten through grade 12 students, parents, and staff in an exemplary manner as a Coach, Mentor, Teacher, School Counselor, Outreach Coordinator, Assistant Principal, School Principal, and University Faculty Consultant for Student Teachers. She has completed and facilitated a variety of courses that focus on leadership, collaboration, mentoring and coaching, including being a certified Covey Trainer (7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Leading at the Speed of Trust, The Leader in Me).

Donna has an uncanny ability to bring out the best in students, teachers and parents. This comes from a deep belief that there is something fine in all of us. She believes in the value and richness of every student. This positive thinking allows Donna to work with others in a very caring and respectful manner and address delicate issues in a non-threatening way while preserving the dignity of those she works with. Donna’s great sense of humor, compassionate nature, and calm attitude makes her very approachable. She can be counted on to listen, understand, encourage, and assist.

Over the years, Donna has been described as a happy and encouraging person to work with, trustworthy and hardworking, always looking for improvement and growth in her own development while seeking the best for her students. She understands the need to keep people informed, the importance of clear communication and has a great sense of humor.

On a personal note, Donna lives at the lake with her husband, Don, and their dog, Dee Dee, where they love spending time with family and enjoying the lake amenities all year round. In the winter, Donna particularly enjoys skating, cross country skiing, and hockey.

“As an Executive Skills Coach, I look forward to listening to people’s unique stories and helping them write their own songs as they discover and develop some of the great tools available to them here. And of course, cheering them on!”

When we know better, we do better.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of answers to our most commonly asked questions. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact us and we’ll get right back to you.
How does Kaizen determine what my child’s Executive Skills strengths and deficits are?
We are data collectors. We gather as much relevant data regarding your child's learning as possible. This includes feedback from the parents, educational psychological assessments (if available), information from Kaizen's free questionnaire, and any school evaluations or assessments that can be shared with us.

Kaizen has partnered with Mindprint Learning, creator of the world’s leading online cognitive test developed by neuroscientists in the Brain Behavior Laboratory at Penn State University’s Perelman School of Medicine. This Learning Profile Assessment, combined with two, 1:1 consultations with Kaizen’s Director gives you a clear picture of where your child shines and where they need support.

Learn more about the Learning Profile Assessment.

We also offer a FREE online questionnaire to help you identify your child’s Executive Functioning needs & strengths before committing to the Coaching Intake Process.

Is Kaizen Coaching the same as tutoring?
No. Tutoring teaches students WHAT to learn; Kaizen teaches students HOW to learn and WHY it’s important. The essence of Kaizen Education Services is to foster results through incremental steps, focused on building confidence through understanding. Our objective is to highlight the importance of establishing differentiated processes and systems that contribute to the overall long-term personal and academic growth of each learner. Empowering brains for learning and life. Skills that can be applied across your child’s entire curriculum and beyond.
How does my child start their coaching sessions with Kaizen?
Contact us to book your intake, and we will match your child with a coach so that they can get started.
My child has had a psychoeducational assessment completed and needs help. Is Kaizen the right fit?
Certainly! Oftentimes, a psychoeducational assessment is completed and results are shared, but lack guidance and support for the appropriate next steps leaving you, the parent, wondering, “What now?” If strategies are provided, you are often left to your own devices which can create additional frustration.

The curriculum from which Kaizen operates is tailored to your child and their very specific needs. By sharing the results of your child’s psychoeducational assessment with your child’s coach, we can work together to best support your child academically, intellectually, and beyond.

My child has ADHD. How can Kaizen Coaching help?
Typically, executive functions are delayed up to 30% in a child diagnosed with ADHD. More than 85% of Kaizen’s students have been diagnosed with ADHD, and more than 70% with an additional or other learning difference. Executive Function deficits are amplified in those with ADHD and, as a result, our coaches are specially trained in effective strategies and methodologies to best support your child.

Empowering Brains for Learning & Life

We help your child reach their true potential through neuroscience and coaching their unique strengths and needs for lifelong success.