Kenedria ThurmanCertified Instructor
As Director of Florida A&M University’s Educational Research Center for Childhood Development Kenedria is committed to learning and teaching brain-based approaches. She executes her vision for “developing lifelong learners, the Rattler way,” by merging her school program’s legacy with Conscious Discipline’s School Family model.
Afton SchleiffCertified Instructor
Afton is passionate about helping teenagers and those who support and care for them. Her 15+ years of experience in secondary level teaching and administration infuses her work with an understanding of the demands educators and administrators face, and enables her to realistically demonstrate how to seamlessly integrate it all with Conscious Discipline.
Edna MedranoCertified Instructor
Edna has more than 15 years of experience in Early Childhood and supporting children, families and educators. After being introduced to Conscious Discipline, Edna embraced it and first began applying it in her personal life as a wife and parent to three children. Her professional experience comes from working in Early Head Start providing support to staff in family services, education and most recently as a home based specialist. She has a passion for helping others and is committed to strengthening families. Edna holds a B.A. in Social Work and a M.S. in Family Studies.
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.
Selwaan MahmoudCertified Instructor
Selwaan Mahmoud is a lifelong educator and a parent who has always believed in the power of positive intent and the importance of critical thinking. She has worked with students as young as two months in nurseries to adults in large school systems. She has trained and coached administrators, teachers, students and parents in training and implementing Conscious Discipline school wide.
Bailey SmithCertified Instructor
Bailey Smith is a wife, teacher and nanny to two young boys. She has taught Grades 3-5 in Title I schools for the last six years. Bailey attended a Conscious Discipline Summer Institute prior to her first year of teaching and is grateful that she was able to begin her teaching career with the program’s powers, skills and structures. She has led staff training in Conscious Discipline and guided other teachers through the implementation process.
Tymothy SmithCertified Instructor
Tym Smith began working in the education field in 1986. After spending more than five years in the classroom, he advanced to fill various positions including Education Specialist, Assistant Director, Site Manager, Director and District Manager. He owns and operates five early education programs in Texas and is on the board of directors for The Association for Early Learning Leaders.
Tracy SkripkaCertified Instructor
Tracy Skripka is a Public School Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has been instrumental in the implementation of Conscious Discipline school and district-wide. Tracy uses Conscious Discipline as the foundation of her school counseling program and her private counseling practice.
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.