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.
- Trauma-informed teaching, learning, and systems change
- Social/emotional learning
- Supporting (and rethinking) challenging students
- 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 as a Community Facilitator for Edutopia
- I co-organize Edcamp Vermont and the Trauma Informed Educators Network Conference.
I’m a former school leader and teacher at a small alternative therapeutic high school near Burlington, Vermont.
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.
Links to my writing and media on other sites:
Follow the links below for more strategies and frameworks grounded in unconditional positive regard for students.
Much of my writing can be found on Edutopia, including pieces on trauma, challenging students, and teacher wellness. Find the list here.
Selected other publications: