Calm Kit Service Project a Success

Calming Kit Sticker

On Sunday, February 20, over 100 educators attending the 5th Annual Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference in Houston assembled more than 500 Calm Kits to give to classrooms in the Houston area as well as to take back to their own school districts and share with other conference attendees. The Service Project was open to any […]

Team R&R

At ATN we know that R&R (regulated & relational) are at the core of creating and maintain a trauma-informed (and trauma-responsive) environment.  It’s an on-going process.  So each of us needs help and companions on this journey.  That’s what Team R&R is.   Team R&R is a community for educators and those working in child-serving organizations […]

Secretary Cardona Addressed Largest Gathering of Trauma-Informed Educators Ever at #TSS2022ATN

US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona addressed over 4,000 educators at the 5th Annual Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference  on Tuesday, Feb 22, 2022.  The conference was held both in Houston, TX and virtually.  Sec. Cardona joined via internet to impart the importance of trauma-informed education strategies and the need for collective care among those currently […]


ATN Partnerships

ATN is excited to announce strategic alliances with our trusted partners. On this page you will find an updated list of of organizations and services to help support our members. 

Meet Kimberly Smathers

Kimberly Smathers

Kimberly Smathers has 20 years of experience – as a business leader, advocate, consultant, and researcher – in working toward person-centered and equitable approaches to enhancing health and well-being. In her consulting practice, she advances system change opportunities to promote the well-being of individuals living with complex clinical and social needs, including experiences of trauma, […]

Calm Kits in the Community Project

Calm Kits

Attendees at the 5th Annual Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference have the opportunity to give to other educators and classrooms in the Houston area AND create a calm kit for themselves at our “Calm Kits in the Community” Project on Sunday, February 20, 2022. The project is free to all attending the in-person conference. Participants will […]

Meet Casey Coombs

Casey Coombs, Social Media

Casey Coombs’ passion for mental wellness fuels her creative work as a social media pioneer and talented communications guru.  Her experience includes authentic storytelling for a variety of clients through essays, blogs and social media messaging.  Casey has also done freelance photography and taught other photographers. Casey brings her creativity, focus on mental wellness and […]

Meet Jenna

Jenna Lichter, PhD

Dr. Jenna Lichter is a life-long educator who has taught at the middle school, high school, and post-secondary level.  She joins ATN with significant expertise in educational assessment and higher education leadership, nonprofit organizations and youth at risk.  She has a wide range of teaching experiences, including high schools, middle schools, a state youth correctional […]

Meet Sandra Lake

Sandra Lake, Board Member

Sandra Lake is the K-5 STEAM & Technology Coach for Brumby Elementary in the Cobb County, GA School District.  She has spent nearly two decades as an educator, coaching and working with teachers and k-5 students.  She is also the vice president of the Brumby Elementary School Foundation, where she works closely with the community […]

Meet Jennifer Wheelehon

Jennifer Wheelehon, Board Member

Jennifer Wheelehon has over  20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, relationship building, event planning and fundraising.  She has spent much of her career connecting individuals and businesses with organizations to meet philanthropic, volunteer, marketing, and community engagement goals.  Since 2018, Jennifer has been the Director of Membership & Marketing for the Central Rhode Island […]