Assistant Program Director
Allison comes to DreamCatchers with a background as a social worker. Through her past experiences with children and families, she has come to learn that quality relationships are at the foundation of every change-making effort. With this mindset, she hopes to use her social-emotional based skillset to enrich the DreamCatchers program for tutors, students, and families.
Allison is originally from central Florida. She earned a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences and a minor in Spanish from Florida State University. After her undergraduate education, she lived for three months in a remote Mayan village called Chontala in Guatemala, where she had previously traveled as a student on college service trips. There, she practiced her Spanish, taught English classes to locals, and learned how to cook over a wood-burning stove (even using a machete to chop kindling to make fire!). After returning to the States, she worked at Project Transformation in Nashville, Tennessee- a summer camp program with a literacy focus, helping children and families from underserved areas in the city.
She earned her Master's of Science in Social Work with a concentration in evidence-based interpersonal practice from the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s campus in Nashville, TN. During her graduate school career, Allison completed internships at a refugee resettlement agency, a community mental health center, and an elementary school Family Resource Center. She also served as a graduate research assistant, working with a professor to study immigration from Central America and it’s effect on individuals’ mental health.
The mission of DreamCatchers fits naturally into Allison’s values, both personally and as a social worker, to strive for educational equity and to see all students thrive.