Shelly Moss, Director of Admissions at Shelterwood Residential Treatment Agency, loves giving families hope. Get to know Shelly.
What Shelly loves most about Shelterwood: “I love that children come to us broken, and at Shelterwood, they realize their true worth,” Shelly says. “Families are healed and transformed here.”
Forever an Aggie: Shelly earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Texas A&M University, then went on to earn her J.D. at the Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. While in Birmingham, she lived next door to another A&M alum. Rodney invited her to Aggie Muster, a special Texas A&M tradition — “and the rest is history!” Shelly smiles. She and Rodney have been married for 25 years.
Family: Rodney and Shelly have four children, and all are proud Aggies. Their son was even the Mascot Corporal, responsible for the A&M mascot Reveille, and Miss Reveille ma’am would visit the Moss home over Ian’s school breaks. Rodney and Shelly have three dogs of their own as well: Blues, Buster and Tilly.
Her Shelterwood connection: It was because of her family that Shelly initially found Shelterwood. “Our daughter had struggled from the time she was in junior high, and we’d tried everything on our own to get her the help she needed,” Shelly recalls. When her Montessori high school closed down, and she had few local options left, Shelly and Rodney began researching therapeutic boarding schools through their connection to Kanakuk Kamps. “Knowing Joe White’s connection to Shelterwood gave me lots of peace.” Her daughter’s experience was transformational. Today, Shelly’s daughter is studying education at A&M, and Shelly is the Shelterwood Director of Admissions.
Her favorite part about being the Director of Admissions: “I love giving families hope,” Shelly says. “At Shelterwood, we can get to the bottom of the strongholds that are causing pain and help families reach a place of peace.”
A love for families: In part because of Shelly’s heart for families, the Aggie couple were recently awarded the 2017 Texas A&M Parents of the Year award. Rodney and Shelly’s platform is one of faith and family. “Difficult times can become learning experiences when families love each other and trust each other. We believe that through open communication, caring for your spouse and family and doing things God’s way through love and encouragement, you can get through any crisis.”
The most unique thing happening at Shelterwood: “I believe the Brain Balance program that families choose to participate in is a real game-changer,” Shelly says. “The students who need the program gain a whole new level of self-awareness, and Brain Balance helps them educationally and therapeutically. It makes a real different during their time at Shelterwood.”
Best part of her job at Shelterwood: “Shelterwood offers teens the tools they need to make healthy choices for the rest of their lives,” she says. “I love being a part of a team that offers hope to families that are struggling.”