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.

Dark Moments

By |2019-04-16T19:06:06-04:00April 16th, 2019|Parenting, Self Care|

Hi Folks, Spring can be a tricky time for families of twice exceptional kids. It’s the time of year when students are learning about their school options for the coming year. In some districts, kids go straight from one zoned school to another. In others, or if your child is going off to college, there [...]

It’s College Admissions Season – AHHHHHH!

By |2019-03-23T11:14:53-04:00March 23rd, 2019|Parenting, Raising Teens, TECA Insights|

Hey folks, I hope everyone is doing well this week. There are a few housekeeping items with respect to Insights I wanted to let you know about. First, we are going to be changing the release day from Fridays to Tuesdays. This way you can enjoy the weekend with your wonderful children and then settle in [...]

A 2e Parent’s Trauma: The Calls From School

By |2019-02-21T21:36:38-04:00February 16th, 2019|Advocacy, Parent Community, Parenting|

Hi folks, I hope everyone has survived another week in the 2e trenches. I have been talking to a lot of parents lately about how things are going for their kids at school and one mom said something that really summed things up for me. She said “Most parents drop their kid off at school [...]

The Loneliness of the 2e Parent

By |2019-02-01T19:34:13-04:00February 1st, 2019|2e Parent, Parent Community, Parenting, Self Care, Uncategorized|

I was speaking with another parent recently about the difficulty she is having with her twice exceptional 8 year-old. Most of the time he is a sweet, funny kid who likes to make up puns and is obsessed with Lego, Colonial American history and archeology. At the same time, he is prone to frequent meltdowns. [...]