Vickesh Gildharry  


STEAM Education, Special Education, Life Skills, Study Abroad and ESL Coach in Chicago, IL, United States

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Welcome! I'm Vickesh Gildharry, a dedicated coaching professional based in Chicago, Illinois. With years of experience in STEAM education, special education, and international student exchange, I am passionate about helping individuals from diverse backgrounds achieve their personal and professional goals. Whether you're a student, professional, or ESL learner, my comprehensive coaching services are designed to provide you with the tools and support needed to succeed. Let's embark on this journey together to unlock your full potential!

About Me

I am a veteran in Supplemental Learning Support, an Allied Health Faculty Advisor, and an International Student Exchange advocate. My background has equipped me with a deep understanding of the challenges faced by individuals in various educational and professional stages. My commitment to supporting and nurturing talent, particularly in underrepresented communities, is the cornerstone of my coaching practice.

What I Coaching Services I Offer

My coaching services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. Here's a closer look at the areas I specialize in:

STEAM Education Coaching

In today's competitive world, excelling in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) is crucial. My STEAM Education Coaching program is designed to help students and professionals enhance their skills and knowledge in these fields. Whether you're preparing for college, looking to boost your career, or seeking to develop innovative projects, I provide the resources and guidance needed to excel.

  • Personalized Learning Plans: I develop customized plans that align with your learning style and goals.

  • Innovative Teaching Methods: Utilizing the latest educational techniques to make learning engaging and effective.

  • Support for All Levels: From high school students to working professionals, I cater to all levels of expertise.

Special Education Career & Life Skills Coaching

Navigating the world of special education can be challenging, but with the right support, individuals with special needs can thrive. My Special Education Career & Life Skills Coaching focuses on helping these individuals develop the skills necessary for personal and professional success.

  • Life Skills Development: Enhancing everyday skills such as communication, time management, and self-care.

  • Career Guidance: Providing tailored advice and support for career development and job placement.

  • Inclusive Practices: Employing strategies that are sensitive to the needs of diverse and underrepresented communities.

Travel, Study Abroad, & ESL Coaching

Exploring new cultures and improving language skills are invaluable experiences. My Travel, Study Abroad, & ESL Coaching services are designed to help clients make the most of their international experiences and achieve fluency in English.

Study Abroad Preparation: Assisting with the application process, securing placements, and planning for international study.

Travel Coaching: Offering guidance on travel planning, cultural adaptation, and safety.

ESL Coaching: Improving English language skills through tailored lessons focused on reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

My Approach

My coaching approach is built on maintaining clear and open communication. The journey begins with an initial one-on-one virtual meet-up where we discuss your goals and the resources available to you. Together, we create a personalized plan that focuses on achieving your short-term goals while keeping your long-term objectives in sight.

Step-by-Step Support

Every step of the way, I provide hands-on resources, community engagement opportunities, and strategies to help you stay motivated and on track. My goal is to create a nurturing and holistic environment where you feel supported and empowered to achieve your dreams.

Success Stories

Here are a few examples of how my coaching has made a difference:

  • Medical and Public Health School Admissions: I have successfully coached numerous prospective medical and public health students through the admissions process, leading to their acceptance into top institutions.

  • Study Abroad and Internships: My clients have planned and participated in study abroad programs and secured internships, thanks to the extensive resources and guidance I provide.

  • ESL Learners: Many of my ESL clients have significantly improved their English language skills, enabling them to confidently communicate in English-speaking countries.

  • STEAM Educators: Science educators I've worked with have developed higher-quality, engaging, and innovative curricula that align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Why Choose Me?

Choosing the right coach is a crucial step toward achieving your goals. Here's why you should consider working with me:

Expertise and Experience

With a background in Supplemental Learning Support, Allied Health Faculty advising, and International Student Exchange, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to my coaching practice. My diverse skill set allows me to offer comprehensive support across various areas, including STEAM education, special education, and ESL coaching.

Culturally Sensitive Approach

I understand the unique challenges faced by diverse and underrepresented communities. My coaching model is built on persistence, patience, and humanistic compassion. I employ inclusive practices to ensure that all clients feel respected, supported, and motivated to achieve their goals.

Personalized Coaching Plans

Every individual is unique, and so are their goals and challenges. I take the time to understand your specific needs and develop a personalized coaching plan that highlights and acknowledges your milestone achievements. Whether you're looking to enhance your STEAM skills, navigate special education, or improve your English, I provide the tailored support you need.

Challenges Faced by Clients

Understanding the challenges faced by my clients is essential to providing effective coaching. Here are some common obstacles and how I help overcome them:

Lack of Family, Financial, and Educational Support

Many clients struggle with a lack of support from their families, financial constraints, and limited access to educational resources. This can defer personal growth and create significant barriers to achieving their goals. I offer strategies to navigate these challenges, such as identifying scholarship opportunities, finding affordable resources, and building a strong support network.

Self-Esteem and Motivation

Feelings of anxiety, low self-esteem, and lack of motivation are common among my clients. I work to build their confidence and self-worth through positive reinforcement, goal setting, and personalized support. By celebrating small wins and providing consistent encouragement, I help clients stay motivated and focused on their long-term objectives.

Discrimination and Bias

Clients often face discrimination and bias, whether in educational settings, the workplace, or society at large. My coaching includes strategies to cope with and overcome these obstacles, such as developing strong self-advocacy skills, building resilience, and connecting with supportive communities.

Transformations Achieved

My coaching has led to significant transformations in the lives of my clients. Here are some of the biggest changes they've experienced:

  • Increased Marketability: Clients have sharpened their life skills and become more attractive to prospective employers.

  • Successful Admissions: Prospective allied health students have gained admission into medical and public health schools.

  • Enhanced Language Skills: ESL learners have improved their verbal and written English, enabling them to communicate confidently in English-speaking countries.

  • Innovative Educators: Science educators have developed engaging and innovative curricula that meet national standards.

Unique Selling Points

My coaching services stand out for several reasons:

Holistic and Nurturing Platform

I provide a holistic and nurturing platform that focuses on individual growth in various aspects of life, whether it's life skills, professional development, or language training. My client-centered approach ensures that each individual receives the support and resources needed to achieve their goals.

Step-by-Step Resources

Clients benefit from step-by-step resources tailored to their personal goals. From community engagement opportunities to team-building strategies, I provide comprehensive support to help clients stay on track and succeed.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As a DEI advocate, I am committed to fostering an inclusive environment where all clients feel valued and supported. My culturally sensitive approach ensures that everyone, regardless of their background, receives the encouragement and resources they need to thrive.

Get Started Today

Are you ready to take the next step toward achieving your personal and professional goals? Whether you're looking to enhance your STEAM skills, navigate the challenges of special education, or improve your English for travel and study abroad, I am here to help. Contact me today to schedule your initial consultation and begin your journey to success!



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