Who We Are

TrUTH Educational Consulting is a partnership between two dynamic and visionary educators: Shawn Nealy-Oparah and Tovi Scruggs-Hussein. Shawn and Tovi initially connected through a mutual colleague, who envisioned the pair co-teaching a graduate class on trauma-informed leadership at Mills College—and they've been working together ever since. Both women bring passion, a finely-tuned equity lens, and a love of learning and teaching to this work. They are energized by supporting educators' understanding of trauma and engaging in trauma-informed teaching practices. Their work together is informed by their unique experience with a wide range of related capacities, including somatics and trauma, mindfulness, equity in education, and family engagement.


Shawn Nealy-Oparah, Ed.D.

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Shawn Nealy-Oparah is an innovative, trauma-responsive educator with over twenty years of experience as a teacher, school leader, and school transformation equity coach. She is an experienced leader who centers her work on somatics, equity, restorative justice, culturally relevant pedagogy, trauma-informed research/schools, and popular education pedagogy.  Using both a trauma-informed and equity lens, Shawn supports schools to develop practices that will improve school culture, leadership and teaching practices, and student achievement. Shawn is an adjunct professor in the School of Education at Mills College, as well as an Alumnae, and is one of the founding teachers of the Trauma-informed Leadership graduate course.  Shawn is passionate about the quality of human connection, understanding relationship legacies, the power and quality of emotional intelligence, and West African drumming.


Tovi Scruggs-Hussein, M.Ed.

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Tovi Scruggs-Hussein is a visionary educator, author, and award-winning urban high school principal with over 25 years of mindfulness experience. She is an expert and leader in equity and emotional intelligence. Tovi serves as California’s Regional Executive Director of Partners in School Innovation, a non-profit focused on equity and improving educational outcomes in the lowest-performing schools in our nation. Further, Tovi is ACSA’s State Equity Region 6 Representative and founding teacher of both ACSA’s Equity Academy as well as Mills College’s trauma-informed leadership course. Certified in both integral coaching at New Ventures West and mindful leadership at Search Inside Yourself, Tovi is passionate about facilitating workshops in equity, family engagement, trauma-informed leadership, and emotional intelligence.