My guest on the next show, Gary Lewis, works in Alternative Education in Fort Bragg and currently teaches grades 6 through 8. He is particularly interested in social-emotional development and how childhood trauma impacts the ability of youth to access education. Prior to working in Alternative Education, Gary spent a year as an aide in a Special Education class.
Gary’s interest in how childhood trauma and other adverse experiences can negatively impact a person’s development grew out of working as a lawyer for very low-income, mostly homeless, clients in San Francisco. In addition to working with at-risk youth in the classroom, Gary also volunteers with the coastal Teen Peer Court program. This effort enables first time youth offenders a way to repair harm in a meaningful way by offering an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system.