Urban Lotus Project
Trish Shaffer - Board Member
Trish Shaffer is a passionate educational leader who believes all children and adults are capable, relational, and worthy - a guiding philosophy for her career. With a background in special and general education, ranging from pre-k to university learning, Trish brings a passion for helping students and adults not only succeed but thrive.
Currently, she oversees a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Restorative Practices, and Behavioral Health and Management for Washoe County School District (WCSD). In addition to her “boots on the ground” experience, Trish has consulted and provided technical assistance for multiple schools and districts, as well as a fierce advocate for policy enacting SEL in schools.
Trish has been an invited TED Talk speaker, she has given multiple conference and event addresses, and she joyfully co-hosts a regular podcast discussing current research and practice regarding SEL, behavior, and restorative practices. Additionally,
Trish was the 2013 recipient of the “Mary Utne O’Brien Award for Excellence in Expanding the Evidence-Based Practice of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and 2016 Nevada Women’s Fund Woman of Achievement.
As a newly honored Board member of ULP, Trish hopes to actively work to bring portable, lifelong skills and practices to nurture and regulate body, mind, and spirit to our community.