Trisha Botello, Therapist
"Some problems feel too big to handle, and we are here to support you through those challenges!"
Ms. Trish comes to us straight from the bayou, as she was raised in Cajun country. She has been working in counseling and creative arts therapy for over fifteen years and is a certified LPC, MT-BC. She joined the NET through a partnership with Communities In Schools. Ms. Trish has worked many jobs before the NET, including being a music therapist at a hospital for teens, and a counselor for people struggling with addiction. She works hard to teach the students of the NET to be real and honest with themselves. If a student is going through problems that feel too big to handle, Ms. Trish is dedicated to supporting them through those challenges. She loves to bake and make healthy food and loves the sunshine. She also plays the piano and sings, and prides herself on her Norah Jones impersonation. Ms. Trish especially loves to dabble in different crafts with her daughter, whom she considers to be her world.
Biography by NET alum Renni
Catheryn Major, Classroom Counselor
"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today"
Working with youth takes passion and perseverance! Those who thrive in this area have a true desire to help our students succeed in all of their endeavors and strive to teach them that anything is possible with hard work and motivation! EQA is full of social workers, teachers, counselors, administration and staff who work hard to make sure our students have a bright future ahead of them!
Mindy McConnell, Special Education Coordinator
Ms. Mindy is a passionate special education leader who is committed to ensuring that all students with exceptionalities receive a high quality and individualized education. When she is not geeking out on reading laws and policies, Ms. Mindy can be found on a fun adventure with her son or planning her fantasy football line-up. She is a native New Orleanian and alumna of Northwestern State University and Thomas Cooley Law School. Ms. Mindy is honored to be a founding member of the Bridge Middle School and looks forward to providing a safe, caring, and meaningful educational experience for our students.
Shannon Mott, Classroom Counselor
Ms. Shannon is a licensed social worker and has experience in Applied Behavioral Analysis working with individuals on the autism spectrum. She is born and raised in the Lower 9th Ward, but considers Memphis, TN her second home. Her son attends The NET: Central City and she is a firm believer in EQA's values.
Christina Spann, Classroom Counselor
"Working with children is my passion."
Ms. Christina has been working with children and families since 2006. Ms. Christina has a masters degree in social work. What Ms. Christina loves most about working for EQA is the warm family feel from co-workers.