Tribal Youth TA Specialist, TYRC
Jordan Gibson has 12 years of experience working in partnership with Alaska Native communities to support Tlingit and Haida language and culture revitalization. As a Family Engagement Facilitator with WestEd’s Academic Parent-Teacher Teams, Gibson works in partnership with the Lower Kuskokwim School District in Bethel. He has also supported State Education Agency (SEA) partners in Arizona and California and the Bureau of Indian Education. Gibson is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for the Yakutat Community Health Center. As a BCBA, he has also worked with Native Hawaiian students diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, other diagnoses as well as their families to facilitate their learning and wellbeing. He started his career as a researcher at UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania. A former middle school teacher, Gibson is skilled at working with individuals with diverse learning preferences. Before joining Full-time, Jordan led two online learning events “Affecting Change in Our Juvenile Justice System By Decolonizing Mental Health Services and Integrating Indigenous Ways of Being,” and “Decolonizing Special Education in Native Communities to keep Students with Learning Difference Away from the Juvenile Justice System.” Jordan is of African American and Lumbee ancestry. He is also a part of the Tlingit Teeyhittaan clan through adoption.