Connected Educators: Episode 11

Jenna and Bill Lewis

We wrap up our series on Connected Educators with Sarah Mercado, and Jenna and Bill Lewis. This episode focuses specifically on parents and their part in education as school continues to adapt with COVID-19. Jenna and Bill share their heart for TBRI as well as some strategies that have worked well for their family with children in school.

“Our heart is to have a PhD in our kiddos.” – Jenna Lewis



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About our guest:

Jenna and Bill Lewis are adoptive parents from North Texas and have five children. Jenna, a former special education teacher and micro current neurofeedback provider, strives to have a “PhD” in her kids and meet their needs. Bill runs Morning Star Foundation, an international non-profit that provides lifesaving surgeries to children with severe heart disease. The couple loves to attend any TBRI training they can to be the best parents they can be. The Lewis family has truly embraced TBRI: “We don’t have it all together, and that’s okay. We extend grace and ask for redos.”




About the host:

Sarah Mercado is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD). As training specialist, Sarah’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). TBRI®, a holistic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children, offers practical tools for caregivers to help those in their care reach their highest potential.

Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She began her career as a direct care staff working with adolescent boys living in a Residential Treatment Center (RTC). After serving in the RTC for several years, she shifted her focus to foster care, where she was Regional Director for a foster and adoption agency.

Sarah spent 20 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker and trainer before beginning her work with the Purvis Institute in May 2016. Sarah lives near Austin, TX with her husband, AJ, and their two children.


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