An increasing number of youth are coming into the classroom with past or current trauma which distracts their minds and dictates their behaviors. The goal of this training is to empower educators to be trauma-informed so that they can provide youth with effective and engaging educational experiences.
Melaina Gant has been the Director of Education Services for the Indiana DCS since September 2014. She has previous experience teaching in elementary classrooms including first, second and third grade. She obtained her Bachelor of Art degree from Purdue University and her Master’s in Education with specializations in Child Development and Family and Community Services from Ashford in 2013.
Naomi Koeplin has been a regional Education Liaison for DCS since 2012. Prior to joining the agency she taught high school and middle school English. She received her BA in English Education from Bethel College and her M.Ed. in Elementary Education with endorsements in Early Childhood Development and English Language Immersion from Northern Arizona University.
Michele Michalski is a regional Clinical Services Specialist, and joined DCS in April of 2013. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University. Michele has spent most of her career working in the field of child welfare, and has previously worked as a private practice therapist, and as a school/special education social worker.