About Alex

About Alex

What I believe

I believe that all students need a safe and caring school environment. We can create this environment through unconditional positive regard, recognizing the dynamic and complex lives of our students. Systems change is just as important as our individual actions, and only through systems change can we truly create equity for all.

My focus

Trauma-informed teaching, learning, and systems change
Social/emotional learning
Building and sustaining classroom community
Restorative practices
Educational equity

What I do with my time

 I teach undergraduate students at the Community College of Vermont in Winooski
I teach in-service teachers in graduate courses at Castleton Center for Schools and  Antioch University New England.
I facilitate professional development for teachers and support schools as they work toward implementing trauma-informed practices.
I work part-time as a Community Facilitator for Edutopia
I co-organize Edcamp Vermont and the Trauma Informed Educators Network Conference.
I write about trauma-informed education.

My background

I’m a former school leader and teacher at a small alternative therapeutic high school near Burlington, Vermont.

I attended the University of Vermont for my degree in Secondary Education – English and Antioch University New England for my Master’s Degree in Education.

Assorted fun facts

 My last name rhymes with gazette
I love cats, especially my tortie cat Charlie
I’m in the Vermont 251 club, where you attempt to visit all 251 towns & cities in the state! Next time you see me, ask what number I’m up to.

Photos from events