Yvonne WatkinsCertified Instructor
Yvonne Watkins is a mom of three and has over 22 years of experience in education. She has an M.S. in Management and B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She discovered Conscious Discipline while working as a Lead preschool teacher at a Head Start program. When first introduced to Conscious Discipline, she believed Conscious Discipline was […]
Tonya ByousCertified Instructor
Tonya is dedicated to the field of education. She is an advocate, instructor, coach, and mentor. Her introduction to Conscious Discipline was life changing. Tonya’s focus is to ensure that educators have access to transformational information and to be the support to help them sharped skills. She lives by the moto: Charity first, service to […]
Tanyelle HannahCertified Instructor
Tanyelle is a mother, sister, friend, and transformational principal. She has dedicated her time and talents to ensuring the whole child and educator are holistically nurtured and are valued for successful academic outcomes. She earned the “Game Changer” award for her exceptional work in Realizing the vision in their school, Closing the achievement gap, and/or […]
Heidi WhiteCertified Instructor
Heidi has devoted her career to supporting the healthy growth and development of children and staff, serving first as a teacher, then as a principal, and ultimately as the director of a school district early learning program and a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor.
Anita CraigheadCertified Instructor
Anita Craighead is a mother of two and licensed early childhood teacher with a preschool special needs endorsement. She has over 25 years of experience working with preschool children and over 17 years of experience working with adult learners.
Jinny DatemaCertified Instructor
Jinny is an influential advocate for mental health, social emotional learning and trauma-informed practices. She draws on her professional background as well as life experiences to deliver relatable, useable information about using Conscious Discipline to create a foundation of protective factors that guard against and heal trauma. Jinny is known for her ability to present deep concepts with calmness, compassion, the ability to meet adults/children exactly where they are, and steadfast positive intent.
Laura AbbeCertified Instructor
Laura works with early childhood professionals and parents to help them create an environment of optimal social and emotional growth for children. She is passionate about supporting adults by offering the safety and connection they inherently need, yet may not have experienced fully in their own childhood. Laura builds her life’s work on the concept that offering to others what we need (or have needed) creates a path of healing and a sense of peace through which we are empowered to positively impact the lives of children, students, families, communities and world.
Amanda SpightCertified Instructor
Amanda Spight is a presenter who thrives on creating spaces where all stakeholders feel safe to show up as their whole selves and supporting leaders in doing the same within their communities. She is a wife, a mother, a dynamic leader and an authentic presenter.
Melissa ChrismanCertified Instructor
As a young girl, Melissa knew education was her calling. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, she attended the University of Dayton where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education preK-3rd grade and a master’s degree in special education.