Kanesha Baynard is a professional and personal certified life coach, educator, facilitator, blogger, and crafter.Kanesha trained directly with the masterful Martha Beck, monthly columnist for O, Oprah’s Magazine. Kanesha was able to practice and learn coaching techniques from Dr. Beck and other master coaches.
Kanesha’s journey to become a professional coach started in 1994 when she became a high school teacher. She enjoyed working with young people and their families in finding the right fit for their academic, post-secondary, and personal lives.
This passion for helping people create their own magic, ignite internal passions, and move toward their dreams has extended throughout Kanesha’s career as a teacher, educational administrator, leadership facilitator, and faculty member at a large, flagship university.
Kanesha’s conscientious, decisive, and mindful leadership style allowed her to work well in various organizations and to support the many needs of people in those organizations. Kanesha is extremely organized and she enjoys helping people design effective systems that nurture their style of thinking and ways of doing things. Kanesha helps her clients focus on the present while applying relevant past experiences to breakdown real or perceived barriers.
Kanesha has been married since 1998 and has two children. Kanesha’s mother-in-law has lived with Kanesha, and her family, since 2007.
Kanesha coaches families, groups, and individual clients on:
– multigenerational/in-law dynamics,
– effective self-care strategies,
– creating doable systems that work,
– working parent guilt,
– career launching and re-launching,
– leadership development,
– and work/life balance.
As a recovering overachiever, Kanesha knows and understands the internal tensions that come up when a person’s core values are not aligned with the daily life they are living.
Kanesha has applied inquiry techniques – that identify limiting beliefs – to her personal and professional life. Through this process, she has been able to create space to nurture her mind, body, spirit, and creativity to live an authentic and bold life. She shares these tools with her clients so they can free themselves from any thought dungeons.
Kanesha’s special bond with her mother-in-law began in 1997. Together, they made Kanesha’s wedding dress – but not before running out of fabric and worrying if they would find more to complete the wedding dress project. They laugh often about this stressful situation that turned into a funny, yet shocking, story – which they love to share.
Kanesha blogs about her “Adventures in Multigenerational-ville” at www.itsafullnest.com. She also blogs for Working Mother Magazine. Her blogging has attracted national attention and she has been a guest on WVON 1690-AM Chicago and the syndicated Mom Talk Radio with Maria Bailey.
Kanesha will be featured in Parade Magazine, in late 2012, in an article examining the current look of American families.
The formal tidbits…
Kanesha has been an educator since 1994. For many years, she worked as a high school Spanish and linguistically diverse teacher in a large, urban high school south of Chicago. In the same school district, she worked as the Mentor Coordinator and Assistant Staff Developer. In this capacity, she developed trainings and support programs for veteran teachers and teachers new to the district.
While in Colorado, Kanesha has worked in Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). Within BVSD’s adult education program, she taught English and GED classes for English language learners. She also conducted home visits, with participating families, to increase literacy in the homes and establish the parents at their children’s first teachers.
Kanesha spent two years at Peak to Peak K-12 Charter School, a top 100 school in the United States. She served as the assistant principal and was primarily responsible for Peak to Peak’s professional development program, the alternative teacher licensure program, formal evaluations, and curriculum planning.
While at Metropolitan State College of Denver, Kanesha was an Assistant Professor of Secondary Education and the Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant’s Field Placement Coordinator.
From 2006 – 2011, Kanesha was on faculty in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She served as the Director of Field Experiences, School, and University Partnerships.
Kanesha received her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Secondary Education at Cornell College (Iowa). She received a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University (Illinois), and a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University (Illinois).