Alissa Abelson is an experienced classroom teacher who began working at FSM in 2013-14, first as an FSM teaching assistant then as a first and second grade teacher. She is also FSM's conflict resolution coordinator. Starting in 2017, Alissa will be moving to the middle school to teach humanities for fifth through eighth grade and to serve as a student advisor.
Alissa has a B.A. in psychology and a M.A. in counseling from Marquette University. She completed the M.A.T program at Hamline University and has K-8 teaching license with a social studies concentration. Alissa’s experiences include teaching at Twin Cities Jewish Middle School and at Mount Zion Temple.
Alissa, her husband, Dan, and their two children live in Saint Paul. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family. Alissa is an avid runner and just completed her third marathon and enjoys exploring the Twin Cities by foot.
Hello from Conflict Resolution Coordinator Alissa
As FSM's Conflict Resolution Coordinator (CRC), it’s my job to oversee and coordinate the conflict resolution program here at FSM, which draws from the Quaker commitment to nonviolence. The conflict resolution program actively teaches children alternatives to violence. Children are introduced to the process starting in kindergarten, and gain problem-solving skills through practicing the techniques of the program on a regular basis. I’m responsible for training teachers, staff, and parents in the program to reinforce the community commitment to solving conflicts peacefully.
For the 2016-17 school year there will be a monthly article in the newsletter with information and interesting details about the conflict resolution program. Our conflict resolution training for parents is on November 2, 2016 at 7pm. I hope to see new and returning families at this event.
If you have any questions about conflict resolution at FSM, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.