Our Team of experienced Educators

<•> Kristen Cassidy

 

Kristen Cassidy earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from McNeese State University in 2010.  As an employee of Family and Youth from 2007 until 2013, Kristen facilitated social skills groups for the Autism Support Alliance, conducted forensic interviews for the Children’s Advocacy Center, and provided counseling for both the Shannon Cox Counseling Center and also Performance EAP, two programs of Family & Youth.  Kristen now has a private practice in Jennings, LA where she provides counseling to adults and children in both individual and family settings.  She also works with juveniles and their families as the Families in Need of Services (FINS) Officer for the 31st Judicial District Court in Jefferson Davis Parish.  Kristen is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a National Certified Counselor. 


<•> Susan Couch

Susan Couch, married and the mother of three daughters, holds a Masters’ Degree from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  She was a classroom teacher for twenty years.  Susan then moved into a position, working as a Master Teacher, serving thirty schools throughout Louisiana.  This led to an opportunity to work for the Louisiana State Department of Education as an Executive Master Teacher.  In this role, modeling lessons in schools, training teachers, working with curriculum, assessing instruction, conferencing with teachers and administrators were a regular part of every day.  From the State Department, Susan went to work for a foundation, The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching.  This allowed her to travel the country, working closely with school districts in many different states.  While in this position, Susan trained teachers in the latest instructional strategies and assessment practices, focusing on student mastery and quality instruction.  She worked closely with districts, schools, teachers, students and presented at National Conferences.

 

In addition to working full time in the field of education, Susan worked as a visiting Lecturer at McNeese State University.  Enjoying curriculum and professional development, she is also a certified trainer for the Independent Investigation Method (research process for the classroom), Project Success Enrichment (creative writing program), and worked as part time trainer for Kagan Cooperative Learning. 

 

 

Susan was Teacher of the Year for Calcasieu Parish in 1989 and also named as a 2004 Milken National Educator by the Milken Family Foundation. 


<•> Kari Hankins

Kari Hankins is one of the cofounders of B Curriculum, LLC and Truth, Facts & Lies education program. In 2016 she created the Southwest Louisiana Youth Foundation, a nonprofit organization, to implement Truth, Facts & Lies in high schools in her community. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Science of Nursing from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and received a Masters of Science in Nursing from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Kari is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. In 2010, Kari started an adolescent GYN program at a local pediatric practice. While working with teen girls, she quickly saw a need for nonjudgmental, factual information and education for that age group. In 2016, Kari, Susan Couch, and Kristen Cassidy created Truth, Facts & Lies, a seven-session, evidence based, social emotional learning curriculum for teens. She has presented at multiple conferences and in-services for medical professionals, social workers, educators, and counselors. She also serves as a guest lecturer for the local nursing school. Kari hosts regular parent education programs to help arm parents with the knowledge they need to help their teens safely navigate the unique challenges presented by the 21st Century. In 2018, Kari was awarded the Pinnacle of Light & Hope Award for her work with youth in her community. Kari is married to Michael Hankins, and the mom to three amazing children. She is the president of the Lake Area Ballet Theatre board of directors, a member of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners, on the Business & Industry Advisory Council for Family & Youth Counseling Agency, and a member of the Region V Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention Task Force.