256 N. Washington St. (Suite 2) Falls Church, VA 22046 | 703-942-9311 | christine@thinkhappylivehealthy.com
Specialized Tutoring and Mindfulness Coaching

Holly Martinson has over 18 years of experience in the field of education. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from George Washington University and her M.Ed. from George Mason University, including additional endorsements in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and English as a Second Language. Holly has always worked with students in special education in some capacity during her career as an educator. In her previous roles through Fairfax County Public Schools, Holly helped to implement Response to Intervention programs, and has a strong understanding of the varying levels of support students can need.

 

Holly takes multiple approaches to working with students knowing that they are most successful when provided with alternative ways of learning. She takes a Multisensory approach to teaching Math (based on Orton Gillingham Techniques as recommended by the NCTM), and an active and hands-on learning approach with other subjects as well. If needed, Holly also provides support for Executive Functioning skills. In addition to finding creative ways to provide academic intervention and support, Holly teaches students skills for greater self & emotion regulation and building resilience through Mindfulness practices, breathings strategies and movement. It is very important to Holly to collaborate with parents, teachers, and specialists to identify student needs and set goals. Holly works mainly with elementary age students and takes a particular interest in working with students who benefit from strategies to cope with stress and anxiety.

 

Holly is a trauma informed Yoga Instructor with her RYT-200. She has studied extensively with Mindful Schools and with YoKid to teach Yoga and Mindfulness to children and teens. She currently teaches adults at various community settings and conducts special classes in area schools and with Think Happy Live Healthy for children and teens, and is Adjunct Faculty at Marymount University.

 

Outside of work, Holly enjoys being in the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, or reading a good book under a tree. She loves teaching and taking yoga classes.