You have a passion for your work but feel discouraged by:

  • Adult students with anxiety who freeze up, fight the learning process, or stop showing up
  • Adult learners who struggle with executive functions (impulse control and critical thinking skills)
  • Subject matter experts who have yet to become transformative teachers

You would like to:

  • Design learning experiences that motivate resistant or reluctant adult learners
  • Nurture critical thinking, organizational skills, and impulse control in trauma-impacted adults
  • Craft a teaching style that helps struggling learners achieve their goals

Let me equip you with brain-based and trauma-informed teaching practices to improve client outcomes and attract more funding with the results.


How I can help you meet your goals

As an instructional coach, I equip teachers of trauma-impacted adult learners to use brain science to touch hearts, change minds and transform behavior of their clients. Through online courses, and face-to-face training and coaching, I make the science of attitude and behavior change easy to understand, fun to learn, motivating to use, and inspiring to witness. When agencies or individual teachers use my curriculum design and teaching strategies, their trauma-impacted adult learners meet prosocial life outcomes and make their organizations more attractive to funders who want to see measurable change.


Why you can trust me - I have proven results

  • 1st author, teacher and initial trainer-of-trainers: Parenting Inside Out (PIO). PIO demonstrated a 27% (male) to 48% (female) reduction in rearrest at one year post release, a 66% reduction in self-reported substance abuse, and improved parent-child relationships in a randomized controlled trial of Oregon inmate parents. PIO is listed on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) with a 4.0/4.0 for curriculum design. PIO is now in 30 states in the US and two prisons in Australia; with statewide Department of Corrections implementation in Kansas, Washington, Oregon and South Carolina.
  • 1st author and initial trainer-of-trainers: LIFE: Lifelong Information for Entrepreneurs. LIFE, a prison re-entry, self-employment and microenterprise skills program was featured on MSNBC Your Business. Results include a 41% reduction in recidivism and successful re-integration into society, job creation, economic self-sufficiency, and reduced reliance on social welfare programs for program participants.
  • 1st author and initial trainer-of-trainers: Road to Success: The Oregon Transition Program (R2S). R2S is an employment skills program offered in all Oregon prisons and in community settings across the state. R2S is reported to be the most requested program at Portland Metro Area WorkSource Centers and was recommended by Johns Hopkins' technical assistance experts to programs in the Department of Labor's National Re-Integration of Ex-Offenders Initiative (RExO). Listen to a Prison Pipeline interview with me and my client about the curriculum. The interview starts at 3 minutes, 15 seconds.
  • 2001 and 2002 CARE award recipient for educational leadership and excellence in teaching trauma-impacted parents in transitional housing.


What my clients are saying:

Tracy is an amazing coach. Her comments were both encouraging and gave me tangible direction for improvement.
— Lisa V. Black, LMSW, Assistant Professor, Counseling & Student Development, San Antonio College
Tracy possesses fantastic interpersonal skills and worked easily with a variety of subject matter experts, many of whom were invested in trainings they had developed. Overall, her professionalism and expertise made working with Tracy a very positive, productive experience.
— Joy Jerome Turtola, M.A., Director of Program and Staff Development, Oregon Child Development Coalition
Tracy, I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of your support over the past two years. I have learned so much about classroom assessment, engaging assignment design and team building. I will always credit you for my professional development.
— Laurie Lopez Coleman, M.A., Associate Professor of English, San Antonio College
Tracy worked with us to revise our curriculum that had been developed over 25 years ago. The process that she engaged me in was critical in getting the changes from my head onto the paper. Tracy was able to articulate the step-by-step process of changing school culture and climate - no small feat!
— Paula Smith, Ph.D., Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring, University of Utah
The ideas I learned from you can be applied to so many of my courses and I just want to say THANK YOU!
— Na-Keya Bazemore, Assistant Department Chair and English Instructor, Georgia Perimeter College


Oregon Family Support Network

Oregon Child Development Coalition

Reliant Behavioral Health

Children's Justice Alliance

Child Welfare Partnership, Portland State University

SE Works

Pathfinder Academy

Center for the Improvement of Child and Family Services, Portland State University

Portland Friends of the Children

Center for Equity Promotion, University of Oregon

Partners for Our Children, University of Washington

Mercy Corps Northwest

Oregon Social Learning Center

Gateway to College National Network

Portland Community College

Volunteers of America

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring, University of Utah

National Friends of the Children


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