Connected Educators: Episode 4

Erin Stout & Heather Storey


Today we are so excited to share the experience of two teachers who use TBRI in their classrooms at Center Grove Middle School in Greenwood, Indiana.

You’ll hear from Heather Storey, who is in her 6th year as a 7th grade Language Arts teacher. You’ll also hear from Erin Stout, who is a 7th grade special education teacher. Both of these awesome teachers have truly embraced TBRI and give so many great ideas for connecting with students, empowering their bodies to be ready for learning, and reframing behavior – both in person and virtually. We hope this conversation inspires anyone who is entering the classroom this year, whatever that looks like.


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About our Guests

Erin Stout is a 7th special education teacher at Center Grove Middle School Central in Greenwood, Indiana.  She is starting her 21st year in teaching and has taught special education from Pre-K through 8th grade.





Heather Storey is in her 6th year as a 7th grade Language Arts teacher at Center Grove Middle School Central in Greenwood, Indiana. She is beginning her 13th year in education and has taught elementary, middle, and high school students.




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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