When most people think of school, they imagine math tests, lockers and textbooks. Trisila Tirado, the Community School Director of ACT (Aspire, Connect, Thrive) Academy, sees beyond the image of a typical school day and recognizes that many children bring more than just their backpacks to school—they often carry trauma and mental health issues.
Trisila was instrumental in developing ACT Academy, an innovative school-based program at Sarah J. Rawson Elementary School that helps students build strength and resilience to overcome life’s challenges, improve academic performance and maintain positive attitudes and coping skills in school and at home.
All teachers are trained in trauma-informed practice, and Trisila helps them incorporate specific strategies that support the learning needs of students who have experienced trauma. She also connects parents to education and guidance on how to best support their children socially, emotionally and academically.
Trisila has been with The Village for almost 15 years, and has served as a positive youth development worker, after school program coordinator, and community school director at Burr School and Clark School. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and an Associate’s degree in Social Services.
What quote best captures your personal philosophy?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou
What is your mission at The Village?
As someone who was born and raised in Hartford, The Village has allowed me to give back to the same community that raised me.
What do you most want clients of The Village to know about you?
I want clients to know how truly passionate and committed I am to serving our community.