About Maratea Cantarella

Since joining TECA in 2014, Mara has worked to expand the grassroots organization into a vibrant online resource and community for parents of twice exceptional (2e) children. As the mother of a 2e child, she experienced first-hand both the scarcity of resources and information available to help parents raise these uniquely challenging children and the sense of isolation that comes from having a differently wired child. Before joining TECA, Mara spent her most of professional life as a development consultant working for numerous local, national and international organizations addressing such issues as human rights, education, mental health, social justice, medical research, leadership development and the arts. Mara received her BA in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and amazing teenaged daughter and son.

TECA’s 2019 Building 2e Awareness & Community Conference is a Huge Success!

By |2019-11-20T18:03:03-05:00November 20th, 2019|Advocacy, Parent Community, Parenting|

We are back! And we have another Building 2e Awareness & Community Conference under our belts. It was a great day filled with: families and educators; the speakers who came to share their expertise; our sponsors, who shared information on their schools and programs, and; our fabulous volunteers who helped the day run smoothly! We [...]

Surviving Homework Hell

By |2019-10-08T22:05:07-05:00October 8th, 2019|Homework, Parenting, Raising Teens|

It is officially Fall! That means the leaves are turning yellow, nights are getting cooler and homework hell has officially begun. Teachers are assigning homework daily and the content is increasingly difficult. And my son's homework anxiety has re-emerged. Sigh. Even though my kiddo has made great strides at school, homework seems to be his [...]

Creating Crises

By |2019-09-24T16:47:01-05:00September 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Sometimes, if I am entirely honest, I have to admit that I like to create crises for myself. Maybe “like” isn’t the right word.  I do get a certain kind of payoff from it though. I have a well-worn pattern. It starts when I need to do something I am afraid of because I don't [...]

Understanding My Seasonal Anxiety

By |2019-09-24T09:55:29-05:00September 11th, 2019|2e Parent, College, Parenting, Raising Teens, Self Care|

And just like that, another school year has begun. A few lingering mosquito bites and a peeling sunburn reminds me of the fun I had during the waning days of summer, but now it is time to get back to reality. I have dreaded back-to-school season all my life. Summer was my favorite season. I [...]

Sometimes Things Work Out

By |2019-07-16T17:10:28-05:00July 16th, 2019|Parenting, Raising Teens|

Hey Folks! We are deep into summer now with all that entails – intense heat, dazzling sunlight, long days, cookouts, corn on the cob, fireflies, swimming, the smell of sunscreen and bug spray, thunderstorms, melting ice cream cones, and time away from school.  I love everything about it. Summer has always been my favorite time [...]

The Circle Game

By |2019-06-25T19:39:50-05:00June 25th, 2019|College, Parenting, Raising Teens|

Well, it is official. The school year is finally over.  Hooray! For many years, I felt deeply sad at the end of the school year. I was sad because of all that had gone unrealized over the previous 10 months. I was often sad that my son didn’t make any real friends. I was sad [...]

Transitioning to Summer

By |2019-06-04T19:39:56-05:00June 4th, 2019|Parenting, Social/Emotional|

It's June! And with June comes summer vacation! And with summer vacation comes… anxiety! Yes, anxiety. While many kids gleefully anticipate the start of summer vacation, others feel a growing sense of dread as they contemplate the many changes the end of the school year heralds – leaving familiar friends, teachers and routines and the [...]