Lynn YoungCertified Instructor
Lynn Young has dedicated 30 plus years to educating children with disabilities. While she once taught preschool through high school, her passion is working with young children and their families. She spent 20 years teaching an inclusive preschool classroom that she designed to include children with hearing impairments and other developmental disabilities. She was a demonstration teacher and has served as a cooperating teacher for countless student interns. Most recently, she has been a Preschool Coordinating Teacher supporting preschool Special Education and Title I teachers with a professional development program she developed.
Paola SalcedoCertified Instructor
Paola Salcedo is an award-winning teacher specializing in Early Childhood and Bilingual Education with over 15 years of experience in the classroom. She has worked as a Conscious Discipline coach at a Title I school in Houston ISD since 2015, where she has successfully implemented bilingual parent involvement programs. Paola is currently pursuing a master’s degree in School Counseling. A mother of four, she experiences the successes and challenges of the Conscious Discipline journey firsthand at home and at school.
Lindsey MerrickCertified Instructor
Lindsey Merrick has over 10 years of experience in education. She has worked as a lead teacher and is now the founding principal of the School of Arts and Sciences at The Centre. Lindsey has implemented Conscious Discipline into the school from the start, producing excellent results. She has also coached and trained administrators and teachers at multiple grade levels and in varied settings.
Katie AhearnCertified Instructor
Katie Ahearn believes in education that promotes meeting the child where they are at after addressing her own adult self first. She is an educator who loves the next challenge and to go against the status quo. State officials, district personnel, and any other observers who walk into her planning, classrooms, and trainings describe it as innovative and transformational because of the connection and love apparent in the environment. Education is truly the great equalizer, when schools are safe, connected, and work to solve problems.
Amy ZolessiCertified Instructor
Amy Zolessi has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Spanish. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. As a parent of three young boys and an early childhood educator for 10 years, Amy Zolessi knows children. She understands the challenges of parenting and teaching first hand and how Conscious Discipline can help parents and educators deal with those challenges. As a teacher, she inspired her staff and implemented Conscious Discipline school-wide at her former school.
Angela FraleyMaster Instructor
Angela Fraley completed her undergraduate work at the University of Central Oklahoma to obtain teaching certifications in Elementary Education, Early Childhood and Mild to Moderate Disabilities. She completed her graduate work at the University of Oklahoma to earn a Master’s Degree in Prevention Science and an IC & RC Certified Prevention Specialist credential. With over 20 years of experience in early childhood education, 10 years of Conscious Discipline experience, and a highly responsive presenting style, Angela is a Master Instructor who inspires transformation.
Diane PhelanCertified Instructor
Diane Phelan has been an educator for 27 years. She taught early childhood education for three years, for ages 18 months to four years old. She then taught in elementary school for 13 years, all grade levels. Over the last ten years, she has served as principal for a middle school in Pasadena, Texas. She […]
Jen ArndtCertified Instructor
Jen is a wife, mother, and early childhood educator with over 10 years of experience. She discovered
Conscious Discipline her first year of teaching and has applied it in her professional and personal life ever since. She has worked in public and private elementary schools, pre-k classrooms, and most recently with her young son. Jen graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and an M.Ed. in Language and Literacy.
Nicole MercerCertified Instructor
Nicole Mercer is passionate about empowering parents and educators with skills and information that allow them to bring the best of who they are to classroom and home. She has been integrating and practicing the skills of Conscious Discipline in her personal and work life since 2003. Nicole was an early childhood teacher for 15 […]