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Meet Our Team

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Meredith McNerney

President and Lead Trainer

Meredith McNerney is a former principal, speaker, trainer, and teacher. She formerly served as the principal of a Title 1 school to nearly 900 students in Montgomery County, Maryland. Eighty-five percent of her students qualified for free meals, and 78% speak English as their second language. Before taking over the school in 2016, Gaithersburg Elementary was the lowest-performing school among 134 elementary schools in the district. Under her leadership, her school ranked as a 4-star school, according to the Maryland School Report Card, most notably due to student achievement and growth data. 

As a Certified Trauma Support Specialist, she works with schools and businesses across the country to teach others how to provide trauma-informed care in schools. Meredith serves as an adjunct professor at Shepherd University, where she teaches two courses on Creating a Trauma-Informed School Culture and Climate.

 

She is currently a doctoral student studying educator wellness at Northeastern University.

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Chavaughn Jones-Black

Professional Learning Consultant

Chavaughn is an English teacher, restorative justice coach and adjunct professor. She has taught at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate level for over twenty years. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English Education and her master’s degree in Reading Education, and is a certified reading specialist. She coaches staff on ways to incorporate mindfulness and restorative practices in the classroom to support students academic, social, and emotional growth. She provides training to parents on topics such as: Understanding the Adolescent Brain along with strategies for emotional regulation and mental health.

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Daphne McKay

Instructional Designer

Daphne is a staff development teacher and transformational leader. She has dedicated her time and talents to leading middle school staff to adopt trauma-informed practices using practical and actionable strategies. She uses research to design workshops and trainings to foster deeper relationships between caregivers / parents and children. She designs workshops on topics such as: Your Child’s Brain: Understanding and Supporting Healthy Development; Healthy Living for Children, Teens, and Families, Stress versus Anxiety: What’s the Difference? What Can Help?, Connecting and Communicating With Your Child–Why a Strong Bond Matters and How to Achieve It

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Tor Constantino

Digital Platform Manager

Tor Constantino is a former journalist, entrepreneur, business consultant, and a current financial communications executive and business writer. Since 2017, he has also written about cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and crypto's potential to revolutionize finance. His writing has appeared in outlets including Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fortune, CEOWorld, and Yahoo! He serves as the manager of our digital platform which is a Net-flix style option to PD focused on emotional regulation strategies for adults and children.

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Botya Toso

Social Media Manager

Batya currently works at Gaithersburg High School in MCPS as a student support and trauma specialist. Previously, she was a special educator at the elementary school level. Batya discovered her passion for children with trauma when she began working with the Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County. She has coached and mentored students with trauma for over ten years.

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