Janyne McConnaughey

Meet Janyne

Janyne completed a forty-year career in education before retiring to fully heal from the effects of her own early childhood trauma. During this healing process, she became acquainted with ATN’s work and began to connect the ways early insecure attachment and childhood sexual abuse affected her development as a child. She realized that during her career as a teacher educator, trauma had never been considered as a root cause for difficult behaviors in the classroom.

As she better understood her own school experiences, she began to blog for ATN and then spoke at the first three Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conferences, joining  the Board of Directors in 2019. She knew finding ATN had changed the course of her life! Through her involvement with ATN (now as Board President), she has the opportunity to help others understand effective ways to work with children, who like herself suffered the unspeakable. 

Janyne began fulfilling her lifelong desire to be an author by publishing her first book BRAVE: Healing Childhood Trauma (2018) and has since then published two more books with more on the way. By utilizing her own story, an understanding of the effects of trauma, and early childhood expertise, she seeks to help others understand the effects of childhood trauma and give hope for healing. 

Janyne is also a visiting professor for a M.Ed. program in Neurobiology & Trauma through Tabor College and is a frequent speaker and podcast guest. Janyne lives in the Seattle area with her husband Scott, who also volunteers for ATN. They love exploring the Pacific Northwest and spending time with their children, grandchildren, and rescue dog, Weber.

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