Kia Edwards: CEO and Founder of Champion Instructors | Not a Parenting Podcast

Kia Edwards

Kia Edwards is an education practitioner and human resources professional, as well as the founder and managing director of Champion Instructors Education & Training Consultants. With the onset of the pandemic, she observed how her son’s educators, occupational therapists and other professionals overseeing learning development struggled with distance education planning.

All his developmental services needed to help him and his parents / caregivers navigate his autism diagnosis came to a sudden halt. Edwards felt that the disabled and special needs population had been forgotten during this time and found that the country lacked the available technological resources or professionals (ie teaching designers or education technology professionals) to provide personal learning / therapy in a transform virtual environment. .

These collective experiences encouraged her to use her talents of instructional design management as an EDUpreneur. She went on to start an educational technology (#girlsinstem) business in the midst of a pandemic involving two little boys under the age of four while wearing a slew of other hats. Edwards is a humanitarian, Poway Unified School District special education committee member, founder and co-author of July’s Uterine Fibroid Awareness Month in California, social activist, and more.

Below is our Q&A with Edwards and her conversation with Not a Parenting Podcast above.

There is no real balance with career and family, but what would you say helps you do your best to achieve it?

I have had a Massage Envy prepaid account for about eight years. Self-care should remain constant as it allows me to recharge and put myself first, even if it is even for one hour.

What kind of parent would you call yourself?

I’m totally a helicopter mom. LOL! I soar over everything and everyone, but that’s because their safety and happiness are a priority. Other than that, I would say I am imperfect, traditional with a modern swag. I’m the first to apologize if I make a mistake that I think is important. I am currently learning ways so pray for a sista.

When people ask “what do you do for a living,” what is your response?

I am the CEO and founder of Champion Instructors Education and Training where we create personal and online learning for adult learners.

What gives you the motivation to be at the top of your game?

God, my ancestors and my children trust in me to change the world.

What is your favorite part of your home?

Good Lord, the bed.

What does self-care mean to you? How do you try to take care of your body?

I recently went back to the gym since the height of the pandemic. It’s important for me to follow my friends on my Apple watch, as their fitness goals motivate me to keep moving even if it’s only for 30 minutes. I recently did a gentle Whole30 program. While I did not fully embrace the program, I learned new ways to enjoy alternative food choices. Food considerations and exercise are ways I look after my mind and body.

How do you address your own mental health?

I regularly use my Calm App where I can listen to abbreviated confirmation recordings. In addition, I have the Massage Envy account that deducts monthly fees to cover a massage, facial or full body stretch. If I do not use the prepaid massage, it only saves in my account to add extra time (for example, instead of a 60-min, I can combine two prepaid for a longer session) and I can send it to friends and family gift. It came in handy when I wanted to send self-care love to someone who needed it.

My husband and I also attend regular marriage counseling sessions. It helps us navigate the marriage, communication and all the unknowns of parenting an autistic child. We are grateful for these sessions and I think it is important to normalize counseling, especially for those whose communities typically frown on seeking wise counsel beyond just prayer and church.

Does spirituality play a role in your life? If so, please expand.

Absolutely. I consider myself a woman of faith. While I do not preach, one must be a specific religion, appreciating I believe in a higher power greater than my own thoughts and decisions. I do not always know why the journey presents itself in a certain way, but I am constantly working on trusting my faith and believing that everything will work out in my favor. It’s constant work, but it’s the goal to always stay in that space.

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