I’m glad you’re here. My name is Jen Alexander. As an experienced educator, trauma expert, author, and professional development facilitator, I believe that trauma-sensitive educators can make a positive difference in the lives of students, one relationship at a time. That’s why I’m a passionate leader in the movement to build trauma-sensitive schools. Known by children and adults alike as “Ms. Jen,” I love helping kids—and giving others what they need to help kids, too. Whether you’re an educator or community member who is committed to supporting all youth, I invite you to learn with me. Together, we can build supportive learning environments that help everyone feel safe, be connected, get regulated, and learn.
Jen Alexander, M.A., NCC, SB-RPT
As a licensed special education teacher, professional school counselor, trauma expert, author, and leader in the movement to build trauma-sensitive schools, Ms. Jen has more than 20 years of experience providing support to young people and the educators who serve them.
In her current role as consultant and trainer, Ms. Jen shows educators what works and why when it comes to building trauma-sensitive environments. Within minutes of interacting with her, educators know they are learning from someone who understands the real struggles of everyday teaching and learning—and believe that change benefiting educators, students, and entire school communities is possible.
Ms. Jen holds degrees in psychology and special education teaching as well as a master’s degree in professional school counseling from the University of Northern Iowa. She is a licensed educator, nationally certified counselor, and registered school-based play therapist. When she’s not writing, Zooming, or traveling to work with educators, Jen enjoys reading, flower gardening, and swimming as well as spending time with loved ones, friends, and her cocker spaniel Macy.
Whether Ms. Jen is hosting a learning opportunity or tailoring a presentation or seminar for your group, educators explore how to prevent trauma through schoolwide change. Participants also discover how to sensitively respond to individuals who have experienced too much stress.