Meet Our Counseling Staff
Director of Social Emotional Learning & Counseling Services
In her role as director, Kristina provides evidence-based approaches for supporting the social and emotional well-being of students, teachers, administrators, and families as well as implementing methods for creating positive school cultures. The emphasis of the work is to educate the heart along with the mind. Kristina creates frameworks, scope and sequence of standards, and curricula of social emotional competencies to support academic learning. In particular, her work includes researching and vetting existing SEL frameworks and implementation strategies and determining how best to adapt a sustained integration of social and emotional well-being in our unique school community.
Kristina also serves as the designer of Student Support for all campuses. Providing support structures to ensure all students are able to learn and achieve academic success and effective skills for life beyond academic environments. Village Tech provides counseling services at our PK-12 schools. Direct and indirect services are provided for prevention, intervention, and post-vention support.
A former teacher, Kristina earned her M.Ed. in Counseling from Lamar University. During the time of earning her degree, Kristina is an active founder of Village Tech Schools, a PK-12 charter school in its 6th year of operation, serving over 900 students.
Victoria Taylor, Elementary School Counselor at Village Tech Schools, believes all students are capable of effective learning when provided the appropriate support. Combining individual meetings, small groups, and classroom guidance are a few ways in which Victoria connects with students. Victoria provides social and emotional support, academic guidance, and career information. Ms. Taylor's professional goal is to provide students with tools to help them be successful in school, at home, and throughout their lives. Victoria graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.A in Psychology and M.S. Ed. in Counseling. Her passion for counseling started at a young age with a desire to help people. She loves working with children because watching and assisting them grow is incredibly rewarding.
Mrs. Leah Colley, middle and high school counselor at Village Tech Schools, is known for her tenacity, perseverance, honesty, and fairness. She has a passion for social-emotional development,mindfulness, and growth vs. fixed mindset. Leah Colley holds a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Business Management from Grambling State University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Texas in Dallas. She began her educational career in 2014 as a Business Education teacher in Duncanville ISD teaching business and financial literacy. Mrs. Colley’s professional goals includes developing strong foundational relationships with her students and to be an advocate for empowering students towards their academic, emotional, and social success.
High School Academic Advisor
Lisa White is a founding teacher of Village Tech Schools and currently serves as the High School Academic Advisor. She has served VT families in many different roles including 7th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade teacher, High School Design Team, High School Team Lead, and Leader of ELAR Curriculum (grades 7-10). These various roles have allowed her to connect with students and hear their excitement, and sometimes anticipation, regarding life after high school. Gathering this feedback, Mrs. White delights in walking alongside students as VT's Academic Advisor. One of her professional goals is to proactively engage students in the pursuit of their passions through college, trade school, the military, an apprenticeship, and/or as an entrepreneur.
A self-described life-long learner, Mrs. White holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, and is looking forward to pursuing a Doctorate Degree in the near future.