Elizabeth (Betti) Souther left her career in business in 1989 to work as a technology specialist for Farmington School District. From classroom instruction to central office support, Betti has worked in many capacities for the district. She has provided staff development and directed multiple programs and grants including Comprehensive School Reform and GEARUP partnership and state grants. This spring she left the school district to begin work at San Juan College directing a planning grant to develop a Center for Working Families. After becoming a certified trainer for Framework and Bridges in her district, Betti began consulting for aha! Process in 2004. In 2008 she wrote The R Rules, a book designed for teens and young adults to identify and build resources, was published. The R Rules is currently used as curriculum by school districts, programs, and organizations across the country to help teens to identify and develop resources for college, and career readiness and life skills.
College and career information
- Associates of General Studies, San Juan College
- Multiple certifications
- Director, GEAR UP Partnership Grant, San Juan College
- Director, GEAR UP State Grant, Farmington Schools
- Planning Grant Coordinator, San Juan College
- Business Owner, Souther Manufacturing, San Juan Spring
- Technology Specialist, Farmington Municipal Schools
- Manager, Comprehensive School Reform Grants, Farmington Schools
- Data Entry and Accounting, Mack Trucks and Prater Oil
- Office Manager, U-Totem Markets
- The R Rules, aha! Process, 2008
- Facilitator Notes for The R Rules, aha! Process, 2008
Betti’s aha! moment
Ruby presented A Framework for Understanding Poverty to staff from three schools participating in Comprehensive School Reform grants I was coordinating. After the training, staff shared how valuable the training was and the positive impact the information had on them both personally and as teachers. After exploring how the information was being shared with students, I realized there was a need for student materials and began developing and piloting the work in classrooms. After two years of hearing comments from students like, “These are skills for real life,” and, “Now I have a future picture and resources to go to college,” The R Rules was developed and published. I am so grateful for the aha! Process information Ruby presented and how it has helped so many young people reach their goals and dreams!
Sharing information with kids to identify dreams and future pictures—and seeing them use the resources and steps to make them a reality. Seeing the positive.
Betti’s best training moment
One of my best moments as an aha! Process consultant was learning that the superintendent of Menominee Indian School District (MISD), Wendell Waukau, was being honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his efforts in school turnaround. MISD has implemented a comprehensive improvement initiative that draws on multiple resources from aha! Process, including: Framework, Bridges, Collaboration for Kids, The R Rules, Just Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World, Tactical Communication, Tucker Signing Strategies for Reading, and others. It was wonderful to hear that their great work was being recognized.
What does Betti do for fun?
I take my two labs, Blu and Jack, for a walk. (Actually, they walk me and have done a very good job training me.)