Alan Wong is a lifelong Seattleite who has dedicated his life to helping youth, educators, and communities to grow. Alan began his career in education working as a reading tutor at Sanislo Elementary, in the very same South Seattle neighborhood where he grew up. Over the last fifteen years he has worked as a lead facilitator and trainer for his own business, with innovative youth development organizations PYE Global, Power of Hope, and now, Sound Discipline. He has led professional development trainings for educators throughout the Northwest, United States, and internationally in Myanmar, India, Canada, Ecuador, Thailand, Korea, and Brazil. Alan also has experience working as a mentor health counselor in Seattle-area schools and as Program Director of a youth-serving non-profit.
Working with Sound Discipline, Alan has witnessed firsthand the powerful change that happens when educators, students, and administrators work collaboratively to build community, shift school culture and create an environment that works for everyone. He has been privileged to stand side by side with teachers as they gain the confidence, skill and courage necessary to support their students in new ways. Ultimately, Alan believes that Sound Discipline is sowing the seeds of equity and empathy in communities and creating small scale models of what our schools and society can be.
Alan’s ultimate goal is to help build healthy, connected communities – where every individual is treated with dignity and respect, and has the opportunity to realize their full potential. Sound Discipline provides the perfect opportunity for Alan to work towards this goal. As a facilitator for Sound Discipline, Alan helps educators and administrators implement trauma-informed strategies and reduce discipline issues, while building connection and social-emotional skills within classrooms.
Growing up as part of a multi-racial family in South Seattle, Alan has been committed to bringing diverse cultures and communities together since his early days. His Chinese name, 平 “Peng”, means “peace” and “balance” – qualities he strives to embody himself and share with the communities he serves. In his spare time, Alan enjoys writing poetry, making music, practicing meditation, playing basketball and cooking creative cuisine.