Waymaker – Renee Rosales

Renee is a mother, educator, advocate, and transformational leader. She has always possessed a deep passion for education. As an innovator, Renee established two of the first virtual schools in Arizona. She collaborated with educational partners co-founding Marana Distance Learning K12 in 2004. Then less than two years later, she founded Northern Arizona Distance Learning. NADL is the first online public school in the northern half of the state. As a visionary, Renee believes that with the right amount of education and determination anything is possible.

Renee’s passion for neurodiversity developed with motherhood. Although she has ADHD, Renee was not quick to associate with the disorder. She managed her ADHD symptoms dismissively integrating few coping skills into her life. When her toddler displayed significant developmental delays her interest in neurodiversity shifted. As Renee embraced this concept, she discovered that her life was much richer. When Renee employed neurodiversity-based coping skills she realized she became more effective. Through this process, Renee also developed a deep appreciation for the neurodiverse perspective. Rosales believes that embracing Neurodiversity is essential to the future success of humanity.

Theara is the integration of Renee’s passion for education and neurodiversity. Renee brings her mother-heart to the table and offers hope, possibility, and belonging to the neurodiverse. Her desire is to provide a direct and sure path to efficacy, equity, and empowerment for as many as she is able. Renee is sharing her journey, The Theara Way, so you don’t have to walk alone.