Shannon McNamara

I’m Shannon McNamara. I have spent my 20-year career as a clinical social worker working with children and families to understand, support, and connect with one another. I love seeing kids find what makes them curious, and parents seeing what sparks their kids.

My Story

I founded Curious Kids Educational and Wellness with a mission in mind. That mission is to help, educate, and support families to find their own paths in connection and wisdom in learning together.

Growing up with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia I developed an appreciation for the kid who doesn’t quite feel understood.  My learning differences gave me some great gifts. They allowed me to see roadblocks as problem-solving opportunities instead of barriers, taught me to persist and find alternate paths to a destination, led to a greater understanding of concepts, thoughts, and principles, and gave me an enthusiasm for advocacy.

I earned my master’s degree in clinical social work from Simmons University and began my practice in schools, hospitals, and community mental health settings. Through this I developed great empathy for parents and how they struggle to support every shadowed piece of their child’s spirit. It is this love and persistence from parents to support the whole child that set me off on this path.

My goal is to help kids develop confidence in their abilities, conviction in their knowledge, and curiosity about the world; parents learn that there are no limitations to what their kids are capable of when they can adjust the lens that they are looking through, and families know that they are stronger as a team than any one of them alone.

We don’t lower expectations, we adjust the map.

Our Approach

At Confident Kids Educational And Wellness we believe that kids are perfect just as they are. They know what they need but sometimes have difficulty finding the resources to achieve those goals…

We start with the idea of the child as the expert on who they are and work back from there. By allowing children to develop agency in their learning and social development, and teaching them how to support their unique brilliance, they develop confidence in their abilities to meet and overcome challenges, become advocates for themselves and others, and drive for the things that spark their curiosity.

We believe that parents are an integral element in their child’s perception of themselves and their abilities. There is no success without the support and guidance of an engaged adult. We provide Connective Parenting coaching, support, and education to parents looking to take an active role in their child’s growth and development.

Our commitment extends to the entire family because we recognize that families are teams made up of individuals working together to promote the overall well-being, joy, and lasting harmony of the entire unit.