When Paper Tigers principal Jim Sporleder first learned about the effects of stress on the developing brain , he knew that he had stumbled on the key to helping his students step out of their highly destructive behavior patterns. Jim introduced the trauma-oriented approach to staff working with students at the troubled Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA and the dramatic beneficial effects on rates of graduation and post-secondary studies and on suspension rates are the focus of the widely acclaimed 2015 documentary, Paper Tigers.
Since retiring as principal of Lincoln High School in 2013, Jim has been working with school districts and schools across the country, teaching them the steps to becoming a trauma-informed school. Jim is actively involved as a keynote speaker, consultant, and has developed an outreach program to support his Lincoln High School alumni students. He previously served as principal, assistant principal and special education teacher at Garrison Middle School in Walla Walla for 22 years.