My Mommy Battle Cry

With just over two full months into the school year… I am exhausted, quiet frankly!  As a wife, mother, career professional and budding business owner—life is hectic most of the time.  The start of this 7th grade year for #TeamHayes has been a worldwind for me and a very valuable teaching tool for my son. […]

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ROCK WITH PURPOSE: Fountain Of Praise Rock Youth Services College Prep Program

It was a pleasure having an opportunity to speak to middle and high school students at the Fountain of Praise ROCK YOUTH Services.  The topic focused on College Prep and Purpose, which gave me an opportunity to intersect my Faith Principles with the process of College Preparation.  This is literally my happy place! This clip offers […]

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Mama Madden Speaks: AAU Basketball

Twitter has been on an explosive rampage since yesterday when AAU basketball announced the decision to apply an age based requirement for grades 7U-14U at the #aauconvention. Per leadership, high school ages 15-19 will follow the age/grade criteria with the old grade exception rule applying.   See and click old rules prior to the new ruling…. […]

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Your Brand is Your Power

As a business owner and educator, I frequently analyze how my choices impact others…especially youth. I am conscious of my behavior and the image I portray to those around me. Essentially, I am extremely concerned with my BRAND. Now, as a business owner, the term BRAND is a huge buzz word for how individuals recognize […]

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The Will & Jada Model

The Will and Jada Model!!! I’m sure you are curious as to what this model is. It’s funny, actually quite funny…because I”m not really certain myself. What I do know is that, on last Sunday I enjoyed watching The Secret Life of Bees; a touching movie…not my all time favorite but one that I actually […]

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Need A Tutor: Make an Informed Decision

Picking a tutor for your child is a decision that many parents are faced with. In fact, once you determine that your child is in need of academic or testing intervention; which in itself is a very major decision, one must make an extremely informative choice in choosing the RIGHT TUTOR or ACADEMIC INTERVENTION SPECIALIST. […]

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Why The Uproar: Response to Obamas School Speech

The week long debate surrounding President Obamas’ speech was astonishing. I suppose one of the 14 year old students participating in the Wakefield High School roundtable discussion prior to the start of the debate just may have said it best, the controversy “was dumb”. From the beginning, I was baffled at the fact that much […]

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The Voice of Our Students

One of my approaches as an educator has been to utilize the voice of students during the learning process. Perhaps I stumbled upon the approach in an odd fashion i’ll admit, but it worked. You see when I was a child there was rarely ever a teacher conference, report card or meeting where my parents […]

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