District At-Risk Coordinator, Beaumont Independent School District
From the Bronx of New York to Tucson, Arizona, Jacqueline Shirey’s professional experience has been focused on working with at-risk children and youth, in culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged communities. She aims to foster resilience in students, so they may be empowered by their self-worth to overcome adversity. She holds a Bachelor’s in Special Education and Psychology, as well as a curriculum and instruction Master’s Degree in Trauma and Resilience in the Educational Setting. Jacqi uses her time as a classroom teacher in schools around the country, as the foundation for her work as Beaumont ISD’s At-Risk Coordinator. In her current role, Jacqi acts as a resource for students in at-risk situations; specifically coordinating support for mental/behavioral health needs, teen parents and students in disciplinary placements or juvenile detention. Jacqi regularly facilitates training for district staff on trauma-informed practice, human trafficking, and behavior intervention through de-escalation.