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14 of 31|Kitty Monahan-Sewell |Washington, D.C| Deaf Women Herstory Month 2020

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Kitty Monahan-Sewell is a proud Minnesota native living in the DMV (DC/MD/VA) for 20+ years with her husband Chris and daughter Maisie Ava (who will be 2 this month!). With a background of Psychology and Mental Health Counseling, she works as a school counselor at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) in Washington DC. For her, it is an incredible honor to work with an wonderful team of administrators, teachers, staff, families and most especially her students on a daily basis. Who she is today as a counselor is largely in part because of the stories and the journeys others have shared with her. From this experience – she believes that being compassionate is one of the most important characteristics any one can embody.
Kitty is passionate about sharing what it means to live with profound grief openly after experiencing the earth-shattering loss of her firstborn daughter Avalyn Rose at birth – and how to move forward with every day that passes. She believes this has and continues to shape who she is today- as a mother, wife, daughter, friend, colleague and counselor. Kitty hopes to do more with changing the narrative on grief and loss within our community. because every one of us will experience loss in our lives – talking about it should not be  taboo. 
During her free time, she loves spending time with her family – her husband Chris and her daughter Maisie Ava as well as their most recent addition – rescuing a super sweet (and rambunctious!) pup by the name of Waffle, cooking/baking – especially trying new recipes, fostering a kittycat by the name of Sixpence, going to the theater, trying new restaurants, writing, creating/crafting, the arts and of course being outdoors.