Podcast by Mathew Portell
Episode #40: LaToya Nelson - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
LaToya Nelson is a trauma informed educator who is focused on healing centered learning. She is a caregiver to three children and a wife to one, introverted, lover all of all things advocacy and unicorns. She does her best to normalize blended, same sex families. Humanizing children is her jam. Her daughter is her reason, she is the reason this field chose her, so she can enter a classroom where teachers can meet her needs and others who have shared similar experiences.
Episode #39: Lauren Spigelmyer - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
Over the past 10 years, I've helped SOOOO many people learn about the brain and how it impacts learning and well-being, which in turn changes behavior. With my master's degree in education and a background in coaching, I thrive on building brain and research-based, child-driven training and courses. Being an adventurer, I love to find nontraditional solutions and make sure that boundaries are pushed.
When not solving problems for parents, I travel the world to explore non-western psychological approaches, such as Indian yoga, Chinese qigong, African drumming, and capoeira from Brazil. I also travel for food, fun, and the experience - it's not all work! I create and teach brain biology courses at the University of Pennsylvania, which aligns with my current research in behavioral neuroendocrinology. This field is FASCINATING! Aside from all the work stuff, I love to study wine, explore stinky cheese, hike, read, grow my jungle of a plant collection, ride a motorcycle and hang with my favorite humans.
Episode 38: Dr. Marcus Matthews - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
Dr. Marcus Matthews is an author, educational leader, and motivational speaker. He is executive director of Matthews-Fayne Foundation – a nonprofit that provides youth education initiatives, services, and resources. He is also a faculty member at American College of Mental Health Education in Baltimore, MD and assistant principal at Nicholas Hobbs Academy in Bartlett, TN.
Matthews holds a doctorate in higher and adult education, a master’s in instruction and curriculum leadership and a bachelor’s in journalism, all respectively from University of Memphis. He also earned his K – 12 Instructional Leadership License from Christian Brothers University in Memphis. Matthews’ most recent book is entitled, “Urban ACEs: How to Reach and Teach Students Traumatized by Adverse Childhood Experiences (Koehler Books, 2019).” Urban ACEs provides strategies and real life anecdotes teacher preparation programs, school districts, educators, counselors and parents can use to support traumatized children.
Episode #37: Dr. Dennis Carter - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
Armed with a belief that every student can succeed, Smyth County Schools Superintendent Dennis Carter, Ed.D., works to ensure that children thrive in school and in the community. A former special education classroom teacher, he witnessed first-hand the potential growth and development in every student. He also sees the barriers that students face, preventing them from reaching their full potential. Smyth County Schools are implementing programs to become a Resilience Driven Trauma-Informed Community as research is showing that too many children are exposed to trauma. With this focus, methods of healing can help children cope. Too often, overwhelmed children fail to cope, and the staggering outcomes appear in the costs of healthcare and imprisonment, in both monetary and human terms. Carter is excited about the focus on the root cause of societal issues. The changes made will impact the community, the children and future generations. “The momentum is growing and it is our charge to capture that momentum and make a difference…to impact lives.” A native of Rich Valley in Smyth County, Virginia, he is counting on the people in his community who always pull together in times of need. Carter states, “We know strong children grow to build strong families and strong families build strong communities.”
Carter obtained his undergraduate degree from Emory and Henry College in Interdisciplinary English, his special education certification requirements from the University of Virginia, his master’s degree from Radford University in Educational Leadership, and his doctorate from Virginia Tech in Educational Leadership and Policy Study.
Episode #36: Panel of Experts - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
This episode was unique as I engaged three authors and experts in the field, Dr. Lori Desautels, Dr. Mona Delahooke, and Dr. Eric Rossen, in a conversation that spanned from the neuroscience into classroom practices.
Episode #35: James Moffett - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
James Moffett was the principal of Derby Hills Elementary School in Derby, Kansas, a fully functioning trauma informed school. Throughout his career, Moffett has taught various demographic groups, observing the differences and similarities in effective instructional and behavioral strategies. Ultimately, James realized what we all know, meaningful relationships enhance behavior and academic success. Moffett often threw around the words “grit” and “perseverance”, but after viewing Paper Tigers, it came full circle. Since then, James worked to create a trauma-informed environment at Derby Hills Elementary, encompassing safe spots, mindfulness, self-regulation and an explicit SEL curriculum. In 2019 James resigned his position as principal to take on full time consulting work. He launched JM Educational Consulting in April of 2019 and traveled across the county sharing the trauma informed message. This year James is back in the building, serving as principal at Faris Elementary in Hutchinson, KS. He continues to do trauma informed consulting as well.
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Special thanks to you, Mathew, for being a leader in this journey. Especially loved Dr. Perry’s concentration on specific insight for educators.
I’ve learned so much hearing experts and people in the work be open and vulnerable. There are so many great stories in this podcast. Thanks!
Fantastic podcast for educators, counselors, social workers, and anyone interested in shifting their perspective on how to support students facing trauma in schools. Love the wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds that the interviewees bring to the table. The host is a pretty great dude, too!