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Further discussion will be given on how our brain changes when we experience high levels of stress and how we can improve health outcomes, resilience for us and for future generations.
Presenters include, Amanda Lynch and Surprize Parker, both Behavioral Specialists at Richmond City Public Schools, and Angel Reynolds, Violence Prevention and Attendance Specialist at Richmond City Public Schools. They will review recent research on the impact of epigenetics and the role ACEs play on the development of social problems and a range of health problems. An emphasis will be placed on self-care and self-compassion. Participants will create wellness plans for themselves to be used post-workshop completion.
Amanda Lynch is an expert in classroom management, trauma-informed instruction, and working with youth who have been diagnosed with mental health disorders. She was named a Yale National Fellow in 2011 and 2012, Style Weekly Top 40 under 40 recipient, and was named Teacher of the Year for the Richmond Squirrels in 2013. She is also a published author and regularly serves as a contributor to The Mighty. Currently, she is a Behavior Specialist with Richmond Public Schools where she has created a Teacher Wellness Initiative and Mindfulness Program at Woodville Elementary School. Previously, she served as a Facilitator for Behavior Support with Henrico County Public Schools and coaches new teachers in the areas of instruction and classroom management. Additionally, Amanda works with pre-service teachers throughout Virginia and serves on the Trauma Informed Schools Committee through Virginia Commonwealth University. She received both her BA and MA at Mary Baldwin College and also has her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from VCU. She is also an ACE Interface Master Trainer and maintains her Postgraduate Professional Teaching license where she is certified in Gifted and Intellectual Disabilities. She is also a Certified Trauma Practitioner.
This summer she plans to complete her RYT-200 and hopes to pursue her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership in the future. She is passionate about connecting children of color to yoga and mindfulness and in building healthy communities by disrupting historical trauma. She is also the owner of Rethinking Resiliency, a think tank that provides professional development for educators and administrators that address issues related to poverty, mental health, cultural competency, and addiction. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Marcus, and her children Justin, Ava, Hazy and Rosebud.
Angel Reynolds, a native of New Jersey, is a graduate of Howard University where she earned a Bachelors of Science degree. She currently serves as a Violence Prevention Specialist with Richmond Public Schools (RPS). Prior to joining RPS, she worked with the City of Richmond Department of Social Services (Richmond DSS) as a Parent Educator. As a Parent Educator she was responsible for completing assessments and assisting parents with acquiring the skills necessary to develop healthy relationships, boundaries, and expectations with their children. Focus areas included trauma, child development, self care, role modeling, conflict resolution and self-sufficiency. In her work, she stresses her personal motto that “The best present you can give your child that doesn't cost a thing, is your unconditional love”.
Prior to becoming an employee with the Richmond DSS she served as a counselor in a group home setting. In this role she taught parenting skills to teen mothers. She also served as a Community Outreach Specialist where she provided counseling and other services to clients with mental health challenges. In addition, Angel was a family consultant where she taught parents how to be an advocate in the community to obtain services for their children.
Angel is certified in the ARISE Behavioral Curriculum; she is a certified Circle of Parenting facilitator, certified facilitator for the parent education class based model curriculum developed by the Supreme Court of Virginia, Nurturing Parenting Program certified facilitator, Wingspan Here, Now and Down the Road facilitator and a certified Motherhood and Co-parenting Initiative facilitator. She is also an ACE Interface Master Trainer. She is an active member of the Families Are Magic Network (FAM) through SCAN of Richmond. Angel is committed to her community and advocates for children and families. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, her sons (Bryce and Braydon) and is currently writing a children’s book series devoted to overcoming obstacles.
Surprize Parker, a native a Newport News, Virginia, is a graduate of Virginia State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. She also received a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and plans to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in the future. She currently serves as a Behavior Specialist with Richmond Public Schools (RPS) and previously served as a Parent Liaison with Richmond Public School’s Family and Community Engagement Department. Prior to joining RPS, she worked as a Family Advocate with Henrico County Public Schools. Surprize is an expert at working with families who have elevated ACEs and those who live in poverty. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children (Cayden and Cailee) and in serving in various leadership roles within the community and her church, United House of Prayer for All People.