Sarah Hays, M.A.

The newest member of the BrainWise board, Sarah graduated from Texas A&M with a specialization in reading and health and received a Masters in school counseling from the University of St. Thomas. As an elementary school teacher with a gifted and talented endorsement, Sarah move to the Denver area where she received a professional teaching license and special services provider/school counselor license in Colorado. As a Teacher, School Counselor, School Based Mental Health Specialist and Prevention Coordinator, she has had the opportunity to lead various educational programs, events and initiatives. She encountered BrainWise at the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, where she was in charge of all aspects of the prevention program, including training school staff, training and supervising prevention specialists, curriculum selection, alignment and implementation and data collection and evaluation. With a particular interest in social emotional learning, positive youth development and meeting the behavioral health needs of students, she has presented on topics such as impulsivity in school aged children, the teenage brain, creating a trauma informed classroom, anxiety in teens, stress, mindfulness in the classroom, as well as the BrainWise program. She is also a national trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid and has experience in training hundreds of government employees and other community members in the program.