Ms. Tori Wilson, LCPC has been with The Foundation Schools for nearly 20 years. During her tenure, Ms. Wilson has held positions as a Chemical Dependency Therapist, Admissions Coordinator, Clinical Director and is currently the school Principal. Her educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, completion of a Post-Master’s Certificate program at John’s Hopkins University which allowed Ms. Wilson to fulfill the state requirements and receive her LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She is an Approved Clinical Supervisor with the state of Maryland.
Ms. Tikita Williams, M.Ed has been dedicated to The Foundation Schools for 14 years. Ms. Williams holds a Master’s in Education and Human Development from George Washington University, with an expertise in education of students with Emotional Disabilities (ED). Working at The Foundation Schools, Ms. Williams strives to help students by providing teachers the support they need.
“At this school I have learned so much through the creativity, compassion and resilience our students exhibit on a daily basis. I would not be the person I am today without the experiences I have had working at The Foundation Schools.”
Ms. Kathy Murphy, MSW, LCSW-C has worked at The Foundation Schools for 10 years. Ms. Murphy has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, Clinical (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland. One of her strengths is utilizing an eclectic approach to therapy, specifically Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Child-Centered Play Therapy techniques. Ms. Murphy’s passion at The Foundation Schools is working with students to create a positive school environment, by developing skills to allow them to engage in positive social interactions with staff and peers.
“My hope is that each student will have the ability to achieve their short term and long term social- emotional and educational goals.”
Dr. Kimberly Walker has worked for The Foundation Schools since September 2014. She is Board Certified in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Walker’s aim is to be a resource to our school staff and collaborate with our families and community providers to support our students.
Mr. William Savage, M.Ed. Director of Behavior Management, has dedicated 19 years to The Foundation Schools. Mr. Savage holds a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a Master’s degree in special education. With expertise in behavior intervention and cognitive behavior restructuring, he is able to excel in the areas of conflict resolution, crisis prevention-intervention and de-escalation. Helping students realize their potential is his greatest passion.
“Our students come to us often times depressed and ready to give up on themselves and everyone else. Seeing our students begin to trust and believe again gives me personal joy. But when I hear them repeating the advice of teachers and behavior staff to their friends that’s when I really get excited, because it means they are internalizing our message and that’s the real success.”
Mr. Michael Alford, M.A. has served in the education field for more than 20 years. Mr. Alford holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Human Services. Having began his educational career at The Foundation Schools, Mr. Alford returns with a renewed desire and passion to continue to help students and families succeed in spite of life’s challenges. Relationship building and meeting students where they are all allow Mr. Alford to keep students’ moving positively to the next level.
“Capturing student’s positive’s moment’s throughout the day is motivation enough to continue helping our youth reach their fullest potential.”
Ms. McAlpine, LGSW has worked at the Foundation Schools for 25 years in various capacities which include Administrative Assistant, Program Assistant, Program Therapist, Clinical Director, and Foundation Links Director. She has a Master’s in Social Work from Howard University which has strengthened her expertise working with emotionally disabled children and adolescents. Ms. McAlpine’s passion is to work with students and their families in their homes to stabilize the family by assessing family dynamics, improving family interactions/relationships, and assisting with basic needs to help students become more available for learning, thereby improving academic success.
“I believe that all children have the ability to reach their potential with the right set of circumstances. Regardless of their backgrounds, they must first believe in themselves and second have people who believe in them and put this belief into action by standing behind them to encourage, support and push them the next level. That’s what I try to do through action.”
Mr. Green has worked at Foundation Schools for more than 23 years in various capacities which include Program Assistant, Program Assistant Supervisor, Safety and Security Coordinator, Intensive Behavior Management Program (IBMP) Specialist, Director of Behavior Management, Crisis Coordinator, and Links Attendance Coordinator. His 28 years of experience working with emotionally disabled adolescents allows Mr. Green to use his expertise in the areas of relationship building, conflict resolution and behavior intervention.
“I have extreme admiration for our students and for being survivors of all the trauma and difficulties that have happened in their lives. I believe that each and every one of them can be successful not only at The Foundation School but in their lives with the right guidance and support.”