Theresa established Safer Schools Together (SST) in 2008, to provide opportunities for extensive professional development in the areas of safe and caring schools and violence prevention.
In addition to hosting training symposiums, SST has authored the Safe & Caring School Tool to measure the climate and culture of a school, to ensure best practices are followed and the Ministry of Education mandates regarding school/student safety are met. SST was awarded the contract for the British Columbia Provincially mandated ERASE Bullying Prevention Training Strategy, for which Theresa is the lead trainer.
Previously, Manager of Safe Schools for the Surrey School District for the past 12 years, she has been responsible for the conceptualization, development and implementation of many highly successful, evidence-based prevention and intervention programs, resource materials aimed at enhancing student and staff safety. Many of these unique and innovative projects have also been recognized and implemented worldwide.
Prior to Surrey, Theresa spent 10 years with the Vancouver School District where she worked extensively with entrenched, at-risk and gang-associated youth. Theresa is a certified trainer and consultant with the North American Center for Threat Assessment & Trauma Response and is the Executive Director for the International Centre for Threat Assessment