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.

The Intersection of Racism and Twice Exceptionality

By |2020-06-15T14:27:59-05:00June 15th, 2020|Parenting|

Hi folks, I hope everyone is healthy and safe. Today, with a heart full of anger and sadness, I want to address an important issue that our nation is currently grappling with – racism. While TECA is focused on the needs of twice exceptional children and their families, in light of recent events, I believe [...]

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 [...]