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.

Sometimes Things Work Out

By |2019-07-16T17:10:28-04:00July 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 |2019-06-25T19:39:50-04:00June 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 |2019-06-04T19:39:56-04:00June 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 [...]

TECA Insights | Vol. 92 | Articles and Resources for the Twice Exceptional Community

By |2019-06-18T13:29:34-04:00May 14th, 2019|TECA Insights|

  TECA Insights | Vol. 92 | May 14, 2019 View this email in your browser Hi Folks,From all of us at TECA we wish everyone a belated happy Mother’s Day! I hope you enjoyed the day. Over the weekend, a mourning dove was laying eggs just outside my bedroom window. At least I think [...]

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 [...]