Ask a Hope Coach

Ask a Hope Coach

Ask a Hope Coach

Laura will email you directly within 24 hours
(excluding weekends and holidays).

About Laura Giles

Elementary School Hope Coach

Laura Giles has been an elementary school teacher in Alpine School District in Utah for 21 years. She has been an elementary Hope Squad advisor for six years, working with Hope Squad members in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. As a Hope Squad trainer, she has trained many elementary Hope Squad advisors and helped various schools implement Jr. Hope Squads. Laura has worked as a curriculum writer for Jr. Hope Squads and is a QPR-certified suicide prevention instructor.

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Becky will email you directly within 24 hours
(excluding weekends and holidays).

About Becky Austad-Layne

Middle School Hope Coach

Becky is a Hope Squad advisor and school counselor at NUAMES Early College High School. As a suicide prevention educator, Becky has taught suicide prevention curriculum, QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) to High School and Junior High School students in Weber and Davis County. She has worked with Hope4Utah since 2012 to implement Hope Squads in several schools. Becky is a huge advocate for the Hope Squad program and has seen firsthand how this program saves lives and is a key part of suicide prevention.

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Ruth will email you directly within 24 hours
(excluding weekends and holidays).

About Ruth Stanton McAtee

High School Hope Coach

Ruth Stanton McAtee has been a high school educator for 38 years. She started the Hope Squad at Pleasant Grove High in Utah, and was the advisor for six years. She has worked with Hope Squads for nine years and is currently involved in curriculum development, training and is the advisor of the Hope Squad National Council. Members of the Council are high school hope squad members who help in trainings, presentations and are spreading the message of hope throughout the United States.

Ask a Hope Coach is a support feature for advisors. Do you have a concern about a Hope Squad member? Stumped about organizing Hope Week during the pandemic? Not sure how to get parents on board with the program? Questions are answered by Hope Coaches—expert advisors who have been training Hope Squads for years.

How to use this resource:

    • If you have a question, use the search bar or FAQ to see if it’s already been answered.
    • If your question hasn’t been answered, click on the “Elementary”, “Middle School”, or “High School” card above, and a form will appear.