Cassie GerstCertified Instructor
Cassie Gerst has dedicated most of her adult life to implementing positive change within educational communities. With a career spanning more than 18 years, Cassie’s commitment to addressing the needs of students, parents, and educators alike has made her a dynamic force in education. Cassie’s diverse background and experiences include 18+ years in out-of-school time […]
Sharon Ellerbrook’s Conscious Discipline journey began in 2016 at a National Association of the Education of Young Children conference. From the moment she walked into the first session, she found herself completely taken over by the presenter on stage who seemed to be speaking an entirely different language about meeting the needs of children when […]
Raechel WilkinsCertified Instructor
Raechel has been a sister, mother, wife, and educator for more than 10 years in Central Florida. Her dedication to a “positive vibe” is demonstrated in her classroom and coaching techniques, the way she approaches service. She often testifies that Conscious Discipline strengthens her connections with family, friends, colleagues and most importantly, all students she […]
Dr. Valerie J. ParkerCertified Instructor
Dr. Valerie J. Parker is passionate about working with others to improve the quality of education for underprivileged and historically marginalized students. This dedication has driven her 10+ years in education and her current role as an Assistant Principal at Langley Elementary School in Washington D.C. Dr. Parker’s previous positions as a general/special education teacher […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mandy HeroldCertified Instructor
Mandy has been the Headmistress (Principal) at a leading independent school in Johannesburg for the last 10 years. She is mom to two beautiful children, Robyn and Ryan, and a proud wife to Garreth. Mandy has been working in Independent Schools, both Pre-K and elementary, with children aged 3-9 for 20 years. Mandy sits on the Board of Directors at a local Pre-Primary School. She is part of the leadership team of the Conscious Parenting Association South Africa and a member of the Association for Coaching.