Transforming Educators and elevating Black Joy
Britney Foster MSW, MDIV
Britney currently works at an all-boys parochial high school in Watts, California. In the past she has worked as a counselor in both the elementary and high school settings. In addition, she has experience working as a Dean of Students for an elementary school. In working as an administrator, Britney worked directly with student discipline issues and directly saw the impact it had on the whole school community, while working with all parties involved teachers, students, parents, and support staff. Britney helped organize and implement restorative practices at the school as an alternative to suspensions. Britney has over the years collected stories and narrative from whole school communities surrounding discipline outcomes and its effects on both students and educators. Britney has worked also as an Emergency Response Children’s Social Worker for the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles helping some of the most vulnerable children in difficult family life circumstances. Most recently Britney obtained her Masters in Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. She is interested in the intersectionality of faith, social welfare, education, and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Troya L. Ellis
Dr. Troya has worked in the field of education for over ten years in urban communities with historically underserved students and families that are often voiceless. Dr.Troya has work for various districts and charter organizations across Southern California. Over the years, she has worked as a school psychologist, but operated as a special education leader working collaboratively with teams and families to assure everyone's voice is heard. She has supervised school psychologist interns and practicum students, and operated as a professional learning community (PLC) facilitator. Dr. Troya has imparted her experience with families and school teams to students earning their master’s and teaching credential in special education as well as students earning a master’s in school counseling and school psychology as an adjunct professor at Stanford University and California State University, Long Beach. She earned her an educational doctorate from the University of Southern California (USC) in educational leadership with a research focus on teacher engagement practices that reduce negative discipline outcomes for Black male students.