We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebekka Whitehead and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebekka, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I am dedicated to ensuring students are confident problem-solvers and critical thinkers prepared to thrive in their best learning environment. My previous experience as liaison and teacher in Atlanta area private schools lends a unique insight into K-12 learning environments. I also have had the opportunity to work within state, national, and global accreditation spheres to monitor academic resource support, advisory groups, college counseling, high-quality mentoring, academic and life coaching, and accountability as well as auxiliary services to evaluate progress and overall improvement across corresponding curricular benchmarks. Overall, my time in the classroom fostered an inquiry-driven, project-based learning approach while accommodating both gifted learners and students with learning differences. My transition into the educational consulting industry came about from her passion for family advocacy, professional guidance, and belief that every student should be empowered with the tools to thrive. My inspired insight into academic and admissions success emphasizes a strengths-based learning profile to help parents identify the best learning environment opportunities within the Greater Atlanta Area. Every student deserves to have his or her unique potential honored. In a world that underlines the deficits, Whitehead Learning Group highlights the strengths. Our goal is to help each child identify and develop their intrinsic strengths within a learning environment that is best suited for their emotional and academic development. We take the time to understand the personality, perspective, and purpose of each child. We recognize that few decisions have as dynamic an impact on the life of a student and family as the choice of a learning environment. Therefore, we work one-on-one with our students to unwrap the gifts that make them unique—personalities, interests, passions, qualifications, strengths, and aspirations. Serving as a guide and interpreter for the entire school selection and application processes, we act as project manager, researcher, matchmaker, coach, editor, counselor, and cheerleader to ensure that every student is empowered to thrive.
What should our readers know about your business?
Whitehead Learning Group is an educational consulting firm dedicated to ensuring students are confident problem-solvers and critical thinkers prepared to thrive in the best school environment. We are extremely relationship-driven and wear the many hats of coach, matchmaker, project manager, researcher, editor, and counselor–for parents and students alike. We strive to be a “one-stop shop,” in both the college planning and K-12 school placement spaces. We constantly ponder “where’s the hurt?” amongst students, parents, and families in our Atlanta learning communities. My transition into the educational consulting industry came about from my passion for family advocacy, professional guidance, and belief that every student should be empowered with the tools to thrive. The most rewarding part of working alongside families is when we unwrap each learner’s unique gifts. I fully lean into the African proverb that says, “what you help a child to love can be important than what you help him learn.” I want to identify what’s strong—not what’s wrong. In a world that underlines the deficits, it’s time to highlight the strengths. We know that the words that people say to us not only have shelf life, but have the ability to shape life. My goal is to help each child identify and develop their intrinsic strengths and passions to discover a learning environment that is best suited for their emotional and academic development. I get to chase that high of experiencing “lightbulb” (initially in the classroom) now happening in real time across the table. I’m humbled to experience those victories with my clients—when they feel empowered to thrive. Whether this comes in finding a school environment where they feel safe and challenged or getting into their top-choice college, it’s an incredible feeling getting a front row seat in a student’s success story. We’re also honored to partner with Thrive Global Project, a 501(c)3 that donates backpacks of school supplies to vulnerable students around the world. With each new client we partner with, we donate a Thrive backpack in their name. Being able to bridge the gap between learners is surreal.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Weekday Mornings: – Run at Chastain Park – Rewarding breakfast at Buttermilk Kitchen Weekday Afternoons: – Leisurely lunch at Flower Child or Chido and Padre’s – A stroll through Home Goods (obviously) Weekday Evenings: – Cocktails at the Garden Room – Dinner at Yebo or 10 Degrees South Weekend Plans: – Brunch at Joy Cafe – Scott’s Antique Market – Run along the Chattahoochee River – 10-Mile Hike to Hike Inn at Amicalola Falls – Wine Afternoon at Wolf Mountain and Habersham Vineyards – Evening on the top of Ponce City Market
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I love this question! I’ve always subscribed to thriving in the “sweet spot” of life—right in the middle where you’re being poured into by people you trust so you can turn around and fill others up. I’m so humbled and honored to be surround by a supportive tribe. My parents and in-laws pour into me daily. My sweet husband is my biggest supporter. Finally, I’m beyond grateful for mentors on my “personal advisory board” who push me to consider new perspectives.
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