CALMA (Calm & Loving Minds Achieve) Founder – Mindfulness Education Consultant KIPP: San Antonio Behavior Interventionist University of Texas Health Science Center STRONG STAR (South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience) Project Coordinator University of Texas Health Science Center National Children’s Study Project Coordinator University of Louisville Academic and Behavior Response to Intervention Project Lead Researcher J.B. Atkinson Academy for Excellence School Counseling Practicum Student
Fun, community-based, character development and social skills emphasis.
• Calma was the winner of the first-ever Judge’s Choice Award for San Antonio’s Venture Challenge, an entrepreneurial competition of individualized business pitches, business challenges, personalized milestones • Awarded the “Carabiner Award” in first year as behavior interventionist at KIPP: Un Mundo for developing a school-wide positive behavior system • Project Coordinator for one of the STRONG STAR studies that was award a $4.5 million dollar grant from the DoD and VA announced by President Obama; the largest federal grant in UTHSCSA history • Outstanding Student Award in School Counseling in Educational and Counseling Psychology; recognized as #1 of 25 graduates • Lead data collector on a study published in Education and Treatment of Children Vol. 34, No. 4 • Presented an award-winning presentation on Bibliotherapy at the Kentucky School Counselor Association 2011 Conference
Masters in School Counseling and Psychology from the University of Louisville (#1 graduate)y Bachelors in Journalism from Indiana University
Nellie Springston, M.Ed. is a first-time mom, educator & former behavior interventionist in San Antonio, Texas with years of research experience in Educational Psychology, and a passion to raise a kind, smart & happy generation of children. She obsessively consumes all she can about early childhood development, and its effects on life-long learning & well-being. Then, freely shares it with anyone willing to listen, watch or read. The latest research shows more clearly every single day that cognitive development and intelligence are very much malleable and that we (parents, educators and caregivers) play an integral role in our children’s future success. The best psychologists, doctors, economists, and educators of our time are currently developing research-based approaches that enable kids to learn and flourish, academically, socially and emotionally. She feels this leaves her with a total of zero excuses not to access, and use, this wealth of information to grow the heart and brain of her daughter, and every child she engages with.