Hi, I’m Jessie and I’d like to share a bit about me.

Experienced Educator

I’m a National Board certified high school English teacher with a Masters in Education. I have almost 2 decades of experience working in classrooms with students from trauma. 12 of those years included working in Trauma-Embracing schools, helping to develop behavioral, academic, and attendance intervention practices and creating and implementing Trauma-Embracing, therapeutic lesson plans. I am a trained facilitator of Restorative Practices. I also have training in: Supporting grieving children and families; Identifying and addressing grief discrimination experienced by children of color; How to support all children through traumatic events.

Trauma-Embracing Classroom Specialist and Workshop Presenter

I first started teaching Trauma-Embracing classroom strategies in 2015 when I was an adjunct faculty member in Loyola Marymount’s Graduate School of Education, teaching preservice teachers. In 2017, I co-taught a course at Touro University’s Graduate School of Education on Response to Intervention strategies for special education students. That course also included a component on uncovering and addressing hidden student trauma.

Now I train K-12 teachers, administrators, district administrators, and preservice teachers how to detect Hidden Student Trauma, address it effectively, and adapt curriculum and school practices to account for trauma-induced changes in students’ brains and physiology.I facilitate workshops on changing classroom curriculum to be trauma-embracing, creating trauma-embracing whole-school behavior plans, and creating trauma-embracing classrooms of belonging. These trainings have included full-day and half-day professional-development workshops, staff meeting trainings, presentations, and a keynote speech. 

In the past 6 years, I have created and facilitated trainings on Trauma-Embracing classroom strategies and curriculum for:

  • Marin County Office of Education
  • Steilacoom Historical School District
  • Almira School District
  • Moraga School District
  • Touro University Graduate School of Education: Guest Lecturer
  • Loyola Marymount University Graduate School of Education:  Guest lecturer

Professional Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, and Consultant

I write and speak publicly on Uncovering and Addressing Hidden Student Trauma in Schools. In 2018 I was Keynote Speaker on Hidden Student Trauma for Steilacoom Historical School District’s school year kick-off. In addition, I work for Bay School Counselor., a wonderful Bay Area organization that facilitates Social Emotional Learning trainings for educators, parents, and students. They also provide curriculum to schools on SEL topics and facilitate a series of parent support workshops for schools. My work with them includes leading workshops on actions for creating trauma-embracing classrooms, supporting parent workshops, and training teachers how to use trauma-embracing curriculum.

A Bit More About Me

When I’m not teaching or training about Trauma, I’m getting schooled by my two lively daughters, ages 4 and 7. I love the diversity of the Bay Area where I live and I love visiting the beauty of my childhood home in Northern Idaho in the summers. While writing and gardening are hobbies that I enjoy, I’m still trying my best to make meditation stick.