As a certified music teacher with a degree in music education, Tabitha has a lot of practical experience working with children in diverse circumstances. This is one of Tabitha's favorite industries to write for, and the one in which she has the most Exceeds ratings.
Her experience in the field includes not only teaching K-8th grade and working as a teacher's aide in preschool, but also freelance nannying as well as volunteering as a leader in Vacation Bible School, AWANA, and Truth Trackers programs for children. These volunteer experiences involved working closely with children (mostly elementary school aged children) while supervising their games and other activities, such as Bible verse recitation, song leading, and storytelling. She learned infant care by practicing it on her six younger siblings when she was a child. Other assorted volunteer experiences with kids include planning and executing community festivals and working in the church nursery.
During her college career, she took relevant coursework including Adolescent Psychology, Educational Psychology, Classroom Management, Elementary School Music, and other classes that really helped her learn how kids think and what makes their worlds go around. She puts this hard-won knowledge to practical use when writing about kids and family.
Her personal family experiences also make her an expert in this field: she has experienced both growing up in a large, intact family (with ten members) and the consequences of a broken home (her parents separated while she was away at school).