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Staff

Meet Our Counseling Staff

Kristina Quinn
Director of Social Emotional Learning & Counseling Services
kquinn@villagetechschools.org

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
Pk-5 Counselor
vtaylor@villagetechschools.org

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.

 

Jill Alexander
6th-12th Counselor
jalexander@villagetechschools.org
 

Jill F. Alexander is the secondary school counselor for Village Tech Schools.  Ms. Alexander provides social and emotional support, academic guidance, and career information to students grades 6th through 12th.  I have a sincere desire to implement change throughout this community. I love to assist individuals that are in need or have experienced setbacks, trauma and diverse struggles. My goal is to implement a young women’s program that brings forth healing and wholeness to those who are in need. It is because of my personal journey that my support is effective and even infectious as I encourage and motivate others to achieve their life goals, dreams and vision. Counseling/Social Work is my passion and I practice with a great compass towards individuals that have or may be experiencing hardship with their lives.

My journey began in New Orleans, took me to the United States Army where I trained and served.  After becoming a Reservist, I earned my Bachelor’s in Social Work from Southern University at New Orleans, and later I earned my Master’s in Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Dallas Baptist University.

 

Lisa White
High School Academic Advisor

lwhite@villagetechschools.org

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.