Dr. Ed Lozano
Dr. Cassandra Darst
Founder / Lead Presenter and Consultant
Mr. Kevin W. Curtis is the Founder and Lead Consultant for National Educators for Restorative Practices and co-author of the book, “Restorative Discipline Practices: A Journey in Implementation from a Community of Educators.”
Kevin was the former Restorative Discipline Coordinator and Assistant Principal at Ed White Middle School in the Northeast Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas where he played an instrumental role in the development, implementation, and support of restorative practices as an alternative method to managing student behavior. This innovative, whole school approach model was the first of its kind in the state of Texas, and has been considered the blueprint that many campuses across the state of Texas are following.
Kevin has currently developed an educator’s model for restorative practitioners in schools. He has discovered the real life struggles that teachers experience during their first year of implementation and has developed specific educator-to-educator model to support them. His hands-on approach to training and his dedication to being actively involved in classrooms allow him to be a credible voice for all educators committed to the implementation of the restorative model.
He received his B.S. from University of Texas at San Antonio, an M.S. in
Educational Administration from Texas A&M University at Kingsville. Kevin has more than 21 years of experience in public education at the elementary level, middle school level and high school level including classroom teacher, coach, and assistant principal and principal.
My transformation began in 2012 I was blessed with the opportunity to serve as the 6th grade assistant principal and the restorative discipline coordinator for Ed White Middle School in NEISD. This unique and alternative approach helped me break out of the traditional mold of a modern day disciplinarian. Once implemented, the restorative process immediately began helping children communicate their thoughts and emotions after making poor behavioral decisions. The focus changed from what the student had done wrong or what rule was broken, to repairing the fractured relationships of those impacted.
As a former high school football coach that primarily relied on punishment to change student behavior. The restorative process completely changed my view on student discipline. I was no longer reactively trying to manage behavior, but rather, serving as a facilitator that allows students to learn about themselves and how their choices impact others. I went into the education field to teach and serve, and the restorative discipline model has afforded me opportunities to do that in ways more fulfilling than I ever thought possible.
Restorative practices are something that I believe in wholeheartedly. I am committed to using my real-world application experience to help provide staff development, consulting and support to other educators who are interested in this differentiated approach. Please join me in positively impacting children of all ages and, finally, bring about a much-needed change in our schools’ approach to managing student behavior.
Co-Founder / Circle Specialist and Consultant
Denise Holliday is a partner in National Educators for Restorative Practices (NEDRP) where she utilizes her expertise to train and support districts, campuses and classrooms across the country by creating experiences where passion and purpose come together to help change relationships on a campus one educator at a time.
Denise formerly worked as a co-trainer for the five day Restorative Discipline Coordinator Training and the two day Restorative Discipline Readiness Training for Administrators offered by TEA and the University of Texas.
Denise has over 20 years of experience in education and was the former Restorative Discipline Coordinator and educational assistant at Manor ISD’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program campus (DAEP). While serving at the DAEP, she used her experience and skill-set in the Circle Model to counsel at-risk youth and proactively intervene in crisis situations. Denise has been instrumental in developing systems that have facilitated successful transitions for students as they enter the DAEP and exit back to their home campus. This exceptional experience allows her to help grasp the necessary mindset for implementing this approach successfully.
Denise concentrates in training students, staff, parents, families and community members in the power of circle. She has served as a parent educator in Austin Independent School District, working with teen mothers and fathers. Denise not only leads circles on the campus but also lives out circle in all areas of her life, thus earning her the nickname of “Circle Mamma”.
Lead Presenter and Consultant
Alan Krenek is an educational consultant partnering with National Educators for Restorative Practices. Alan was a co-trainer for the Restorative Discipline Readiness Trainings for Administrators offered by TEA and the University of Texas at Austin. Alan lends his expertise to individual districts and campuses across the nation by training and supporting educators in restorative practices. Alan has over ten years of experience in public education as a former assistant principal, behavior specialist and special education behavior teacher.
Lead Presenter and Consultant
John Whalen is a trainer and presenter for National Educators for Restorative Practices. John has led trainings on school campuses, residential facilities, alternative campuses, and college dormitories. John has presented on Restorative Practices at numerous national conferences including ASCD Empower ('19), ESEA Conference ('19), Music City SEL Conference ('18), EdxEDNYC ('18), NACRJ ('17 and June '19), and NEDRP ('17, '18). He will be presenting at the 2019 ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership and has a session selected for presentation at ASCD '20 in Los Angeles.
John authored the book, "Classroom Circles: A Toolkit for Building Relationships and Strengthening School Communities" in January, 2019. The book, published by ed311, is intended for anyone in a school setting looking to implement relationship building circles.
John has also worked as a Restorative Practices Coordinator for the Binghamton City School District in Binghamton, NY, since 2015. He completed his CAS in School Building and School District Administration at Binghamton University in December, 2017. The focus of his work there was the implementation of Restorative Practices within public schools and the public policies that contributed to the theory of The School to Prison Pipeline.
John was a classroom teacher for 15 years, teaching 2nd grade for three years and 6th grade mathematics for 12 years. He lives in Upstate NY with his wife Cortney and two daughters.
Lead Presenter and Consultant
Doug Overton is one of Restorative Practices’ leading practitioners, facilitating more than two thousand circles and training more than one hundred campuses nation-wide. He taught at both primary and secondary levels in alternative and general education campuses. He also served as Restorative Practices coordinator at a large 6A high school campus in the DFW area. As an educator, he has received several prestigious awards including First Class Teacher, Campus Teacher of the Year, and District Teacher of the Year. Doug is now a full-time lead consult and presenter with the National Educators for Restorative Practices, where he has led trainings in over fifty school districts and supported campuses all over the country.
Lead Presenter and Consultant
Donald Bosier is an Educational Consultant partnering with National Educators for Restorative Practices. Donald was a co-trainer for the Restorative Discipline Readiness Trainings for Administrators offered by TEA and the University of Texas at Austin. Donald has been working within Restorative for five years. He was first introduced to Restorative Practices as the DAEP Coordinator and Campus Principal in Manor Independent School District. As the campus administrator, Donald implemented restorative practices to teach students and teachers how to proactively communicate, build foundational relationships of respect, be responsible and accountable for their actions, as well as to be advocates for themselves. In return, there was a reduction in student offenses and teachers were empowered with another resource that kept students in the classroom.
Donald received his Associate's and Bachelor’s Degree from Baptist University of America’s in San Antonio and his Master’s in Education Administration from Concordia University at Austin. He has 20 years of experience in the educational field and has experience at the elementary, middle and high school level. Donald Bosier has worked in both public and charter school districts in the San Antonio and the Central Texas region as a special education paraprofessional, teacher, math interventionist, assistant principal and principal.
Executive Assistant/Lead Presenter and Consultant
Sarah Coutu is an educational consultant with National Educators for Restorative Practices (NEDRP). She was previously a 3rd grade teacher in Richardson ISD at Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet and the Restorative Team lead on her campus. Sarah was working at Hamilton Park along with her administration to implement restorative practices on their campus where her duties included training and assisting staff members before, during, and after school.
Mrs. Nunn received her B.A. in Education, graduating with her special ed and regular ed teaching license from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas. She also received her M. Ed. in Special Education with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas.
Dr. Ed Lozano
Dr. Eduardo Lozano is an educational consultant partnering with National Educators for Restorative Practices. Dr. Lozano was a co-trainer for the Restorative Discipline Readiness Trainings for Administrators offered by TEA and the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Lozano lends his expertise to individual districts and campuses across the state of Texas by training and supporting educators in restorative practices. Dr. Lozano has over 35 years of experience in public education as a former science teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and school director.
Lead Presenter and Consultant
Jerry brings a unique blend of experience and humor to his presentations. Jerry has over 24 years in public education. He began as a Theatre Arts teacher at junior high, moved to high school to teach Theatre, and then became an assistant principal. Jerry then left high school to lead an elementary school for five years before returning to lead Angleton High School for eight and half years. He has used Restorative Practices at all levels K-12 with students, faculty, and administrative staff to build and sustain stronger relationships. Jerry believes that with strong relationships on campus you can accomplish great things. He witnessed the power of circles bringing diverse populations together to build a stronger classroom environment.
Jerry earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University) and a Masters in Educational Mid-management and Supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria. He is a four time Principal of the Year for Angleton ISD, Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Administrator, and former member of Region 17 Music Committee. Jerry is most recently a graduate of the Eric Jensen Total Trainers Academy. He enjoys visiting campuses where he assists faculty and staff in using the relational tools to build and sustain positive relationships.
Amanda Lemon is an educational consultant partnering with National Educators for Restorative Practices. Most recently as a Behavior Interventionist, she had the opportunity to help implement Restorative Practices in Bastrop ISD. From this experience, Amanda became a firm believer in the power of restorative practices to positively impact student to student and teacher to student relationships. Additionally, she witnessed how the Restorative Practices process can develop meaningful consequences for violations of the student code of conduct. Amanda has over fifteen years experience in public education and has worked across the state of Texas as a substitute, coach, social studies teacher, small group interventionist, behavior interventionist, and Registered Professional Educational Diagnostician.
Dr. Cassandra Darst
Dr. Cassandra Darst holds a Ph.D. in Special Education and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Texas Woman’s University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Darst is the child of educators and has been a public school educator for the past 30 years. O
ver the course of her professional career, she has worked as a houseparent at the School for the Deaf in Austin, speech-language pathologist assistant, teaching assistant, classroom teacher, assistant principal, director of special education and assistant superintendent.
Dr. Darst has taught courses at the university level that include Learners with Exceptionalities, Principles of Learning for Exceptional Children; and Behavioral Interventions for Students with Disabilities. She is also a Certified Specialist in Restorative Practices and has worked with NEDRP for the past 4 years from a district level and has a true passion for the process.
Sandra is an educational consultant for National Educators for Restorative
Practices. Sandra has served as an elementary teacher as well as a high school health teacher, volleyball and track coach. In addition, she has served as an elementary assistant principal and principal, and District 504/dyslexia Coordinator. Sandra retired from Belton ISD with 27 years of service.
Sandra graduated from Belton high school and while in high school she played sports. She graduated from Central Oklahoma with a BS in Education. After graduation from college, Sandra returned to Belton as head volleyball and assistant track coach and health teacher for three years. She chose to stay at home with her sons for five years and then she started substituting at an elementary school and fell in love with students who were below grade level and struggling with behavior. Sandra worked as a 2nd and 4th grade teacher. As she taught and loved on her students, she was able to witness them make great gains in their learning and behavior. She taught them how to look at their current level and how to improve on their own academic and behavior performance. Many of Sandra’s first students still keep in touch with her through Facebook and may drop by her house.
Sandra longed to help more students than those in her class so she began her Master’s Degree at Tarelton State University in Mid-Management and Educational Administration. Upon completion of her master’s degree, she became an Assistant Principal at an affluent elementary school and soon learned that students born with privilege have many of the same struggles as students of high poverty.
Sandra was privileged to become the principal of an elementary school located directly beside the housing project she lived in as a young girl. Sandra built a campus and school culture that celebrated diversity and continued growth. Sandra’s intentional connection to the students, families and community in Miller Heights has filled her bucket every day since August 2002. Sandra still lives in the Miller Heights area where she and her husband, Tony, raised their two sons.
After 5 years Sandra moved to Central Office where she became the District 504/Dyslexia Coordinator. This was a perfect adventure for Sandra because she was able to travel around the district and mentor students who needed academic or behavioral support.
To this day, Sandra’s favorite students are those that are in the shadows or already attempting to quit. Building a relationship with and helping them see and believe in themselves is her life mission.
She has also never forgotten those adults who helped her when she was also a struggling student on the margins of society.