Jen Alexander, MA, NCC, SB-RPT believes we can make a positive difference in the lives of students, one relationship at a time. That’s why she’s a passionate leader in the movement to build trauma-sensitive schools. Known by children and adults alike as “Ms. Jen,” she loves helping kids—and giving others the tools and strategies they need to help kids, too.

As a former special education teacher and school counselor, Ms. Jen has more than 15 years experience supporting young people and the educators who serve them. As an engaging teacher trainer, trauma expert, and the author of Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Your Guide to Creating Safe, Supportive Learning Environments for All Students, Ms. Jen shows fellow educators what works and why when it comes to building trauma-sensitive environments. Within minutes of working with her in professional development or consultation sessions, educators know they are learning from someone who understands the real struggles of everyday teaching and learning. Those same educators leave believing that change benefiting entire school communities is possible, and they are are ready to work together to make it happen.

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 also a nationally certified counselor and registered school-based play therapist. Ms. Jen enjoys writing along with reading, gardening, and swimming as well as spending time with loved ones, friends, and her cocker spaniel Macy.