Allison Nelson

Educational Adviser for Trauma Informed Communities

Areas of Specialty

  • Infant Mental Health



I love to travel. I have been to 15 countries on 4 continents and I have never returned home unchanged.

I love to bake and have an absolutely untamable sweet tooth.

I have spent at least 5 days a week in school since I was four years old. I am a teacher and a learner and I hope to be both forever.

“The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him." – Pablo Casals.


I am an introvert, married to an extrovert, and mom to three of the loudest, most energetic kiddos on the face of the Earth. I wouldn’t want it any other way! I love running, reading, being outside in all seasons, and hosting get-togethers with family and friends.


University of Michigan, Masters of Public Administration, Educational Administration


Colorado Christian University, Elementary Education


Hope College, Bachelor of Arts, Religion, Psychology and English



I began my career working with adolescents: in youth ministry, a high school based mentoring program, and a locked residential treatment facility. I moved to the opposite end of the spectrum after that and tried my hand at teaching toddlers and preschoolers; I loved it! I went back to school to earn my teaching license and found my calling in the field of education. Over the past decade, I have taught preschool through fifth grade and have earned certifications as both a school administrator and a trauma practitioner in education. I love supporting children and families within the school setting, and I am passionate about helping schools take their next steps toward becoming more trauma-informed.