Restorative Practice Coordinators
Manchester Academic Charter School
Jamaal Gosa is from Linden, New Jersey. He currently resides in “The Historic Hill District” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Education Psychology. In 2017 he earned his master’s in Adult Education and Communications Technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While at IUP Jamaal created a peer-to-peer mentoring organization called Creating Higher Standards for undergraduates and graduate students to persist through college and excel after graduation. Currently, Jamaal focuses on social justice, student retention, student athletes, as well as mentoring and inspiring youth leaders.
Duquesne Elementary School
Molly Means, a native Pittsburgher, is a Restorative Practice Coordinator with the Just Discipline Project. Molly graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2017 with a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution. Molly played rugby at Cal U and is now a certified rugby coach. In 2019, Molly started the Just For Girls Conflict Lab, a volunteer initiative for girls at the Woodland Hills Intermediate School. The Just For Girls Conflict Lab was a safe space for girls to be themselves and to learn conflict resolution and communication skills. Molly is dedicated to helping young people turn conflict into learning opportunities, in which they can repair relationships and learn about themselves and others. In her free time, Molly loves to garden and cook for her friends and family.
Wilkins STEAM Elementary School, Woodland Hills School District
Spencer is a Restorative Practice Coordinator with the Just Discipline Project. He has a background in elementary education, coaching (football and track & field) and critical mentoring. He obtained his B.A. from the illustrious HBCU, Stillman College. He describes himself as a hip-hop educator who uses expression through the arts to forward socio-emotional approaches to teaching, critical mentoring, coaching, and entrepreneurship. In his free time, Spencer brings families, friends, and colleagues together as a DJ and event planner.
Michele Leyson Snyder
Turtle Creek Elementary STEAM Academy, Woodland Hills School District
Michele Leyshon Snyder is a Restorative Practice Coordinator for the Just Discipline Project. She is a former K-8 teacher and Assistant Principal. Michele holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Arkansas. Additionally, she holds a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education from Slippery Rock University.
Just Discipline Project Interns
Karen Copeland - Dickson STEAM Preparatory Academic, Woodland Hills School District
Sarah Betron - Duquesne Elementary School, Duquesne City Schools