Alfonso Ramirez holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Arizona.
Alfonso has over 25 years experience working with vulnerable children, youth and families as a Public and Charter School Math and Science Teacher, a Mental Health Clinician and Program Administrator in various non-profits.
Alfonso successfully led a 3 Year Trauma Informed Schools Pilot Project, the first of its kind in a large comprehensive high school of 2,000 students.
Tigard High experienced a 40% reduction in disciplinary referrals and a 4% increase in graduation rates during this pilot. Economically disadvantaged students, Latino students and students receiving special education services experienced the highest increases of 9%, 16% and 21% respectfully. This work takes time, but Alfonso believes all schools can experience similar success.
As a result of Tigard High's trauma informed work, they were nominated for Washington County Public Health Department's Partner of the Year Award in 2018 and 2019.
Tigard High School's trauma informed work was featured in the HBO Show, Problem Areas with Wyatt Cenac which can be found here.
Articles about the school can be found at these following links:
Oregon School Boards Association
Oregon School Based Health Alliance
Alfonso has previously served on the Washington County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Leadership Committee and Health Share of Oregon's All:Ready Anti-Racist, Trauma Informed Organizational Change (ARTIO) workgroup. He is a prior steering committee member of Trauma Informed Oregon.
You can follow Alfonso Ramirez on LinkedIn here