Koleen McGuire

M.A. Ed.

Koleen McGuire graduated with a master’s degree from City University in 2009, and for the past 14 years has been working in the Puyallup School District as a school counselor. Five of those years she was the Mckinney Vento Liaison for the Puyallup District and is very experienced with students who have experienced poverty, which most of the time can involve trauma as well. Before earning her master’s, she worked in the Puyallup district as a paraeducator and is experienced in all areas of serving children. Having raised four boys and working in the district for many years, Koleen feels like it’s her mission to create a safe, supportive learning environment for all students.

Offered Courses

TRAUMA: Students & Teachers

Course No. ED478a, ED578a

Tuition $195 ‑ $280

Quarter Credits 3

Educators go into teaching because they love children, but do they really know how to handle and teach all children? According to Dr. Sadin 1 in 4 children have been through trauma. This statistic alone should be a wake-up call to all educators, as children who have been through trauma require large amounts of patients, empathy and love. Their brains have developed differently due to either neglect, abuse, poverty, and living in a house with domestic abuse. Did you know that many educators have been through trauma and may not realize how it impacts the way they teach?  In fact, some research shows that almost half of all educators have experienced some form of trauma in their lives.  Do you know your own ACES score? This class will allow you to find out what your score is and how those experiences in your life may help you have more empathy toward your students who have been impacted by trauma. This class will also teach you how trauma can effect the brain of our young learners and they may need more from us.


Course No. ED477d, ED577d

Tuition $195 ‑ $280

Quarter Credits 3

Today's educators have been trained to teach opposition and defiant students by giving them rewards as they see them finally do the desired behavior. Studies show this is not working in most schools, and behaviors are escalating. The author of Conscious Discipline will give you the knowledge needed to understand why.