Precious is an intuitive and empathetic educator who believes in the power of sharing lived experiences. She is determined to address the ways that trauma shows up in our lives, often undetected, and how it impacts our ability to live the life we deserve. Precious’s primary focus includes leveraging self-exploration, relationship-building, and education as tools to recognize the impacts of trauma and teach self-advocacy. Her goal is not to advocate and lead others but to teach others how to advocate and lead themselves. Precious also believes that recognizing and addressing how trauma impacts our lives enables us to be more empathetic and self-aware.
Disciplines of Expertise:
Workplace Trauma (Corporate America and p-12 public education)
Family Trauma (Specifically maternal abandonment)
Educational Impact of Childhood Trauma
Cultivating and Maintaining Meaningful Relationships
Course and Curriculum Development
Workshop/Professional Development Facilitation
Leadership, Management, and Supervision
Precious was born and raised in a suburb of New York City to a mother who had experienced her fair share of traumatic experiences by the time Precious was born. The youngest of her mother’s three children and the only girl, Precious experienced varying degrees of trauma for the first 16 years of her life. With her mother in the throes of addiction and her siblings separated, she learned to fend for herself as she was passed between family members with feelings of inadequacy and rejection. Deciding not to allow herself to continue to be abused and neglected, at 15 years old, Precious boarded a Greyhound bus bound for Birmingham, Alabama, where there was hope for a promising future. She had no idea how her childhood trauma would affect her for decades to come.
Precious’ formal education includes a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Montevallo, a M.S. in Post-Secondary Education from Troy University, and an M.Ed in Collaborative Special Education, 6-12 from the University of West Alabama. She has Leadership certification as an Instructional Leader P-12 and teacher certifications in Collaborative Special Education Teacher 6-12, English Language Arts 6-12, and Family and Consumer Sciences 6-12, all in Alabama.
In her 12-plus years as an educator, Precious has been awarded Teacher of the Year, selected to be co-chair of the Chambers County School District court-mandated Desegregation Advisory Committee, served as a member of the Chambers County School District Guidance Counselor Guidance Council, and invited to serve on the Chambers County Department of Human Resources Quality Assurance Committee. She secured a grant from Dollar General to fund a reading initiative she developed and implemented. In preparation for students to return to in-person schooling, Precious was contracted to create a COVID-19 lesson plan toolkit for the Alabama State Department of Education as a resource for schools to educate students about COVID-19.
Precious traveled to Seoul, South Korea, with Auburn University as part of a global education initiative where teachers spent ten days studying education in South Korea. She was selected as part of the first cohort of sustainability fellows through Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, where she was guided through creating a workshop on Historical Redlining. Most notably, Precious and a former student were selected to be Bezos Scholars, the first and only scholar pair in Alabama since the program’s 2005 inception.
Before becoming a teacher, Precious worked in corporate retail as a Project Coordinator. She traveled 50 weeks per year in this position to create and execute project work plans and oversee employees at targeted multi-city store remodels, acquisitions, and relocations nationwide. She was responsible for facilitating resources that impacted multiple department systems and workflows. At the height of her career, Precious received recognition for her role as Project Coordinator in a 250-store acquisition across the five bureaus of New York City.
Precious’s personal and professional experiences and her educational background have equipped her with the diverse skill set and vast knowledge base needed to implement trauma-informed systems across multiple workforces.
Our mission is to spread the concepts and practices of TIC to as many people as possible - to get it off the therapist’s couch, if you will.