Velda McKenzieCertified Instructor
Velda McKenzie is a 35+ year veteran of the classroom. She has taught physical education, science, and reading to students from PreK-6th grade and regularly delivers keynotes, in-service training, and classroom coaching. She has received numerous honors, including the 2015 Pioneer in Education and the 2004 Mexico, Missouri Teacher of the Year. She is passionate about Conscious Discipline and equipping others with the skills to respond rather than react to life’s situations. Her presentations are described as empowering, upbeat, and engaging.
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.
Anne HoffCertified Instructor
Annie has been implementing Conscious Discipline in her personal and professional life since 2008. For over 20 years she has worked in a variety of human service and educational settings including: public and private school settings, community preschools, community mental health centers and early childhood programs.
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 […]
Stephanie HolmesCertified Instructor
Stephanie brings a wealth of international experience with children, having over 25 years of experience teaching primary and secondary students in Europe and most recently in Grenada. She loves working with vulnerable children as she brought Conscious Discipline to her children at school and at home as a mother of two. Practicing Conscious Discipline is a way of life for Stephanie.
Renee SutherlandCertified Instructor
Renee Sutherland, a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has worked with children, families and educators for over 30 years. As a former Preschool Teacher, Head Start Home Educator, Center Director and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist she brings practical perspective, solid knowledge and relevant stories to her trainings.
Lina ParedesCertified Instructor
Lina has been using Conscious Discipline as a professional in the field of education for more than ten years. Her experience working with children and families in the area of special education and regular education has equipped her with a clear understanding of the unique needs of both populations and the usefulness of the program.
Leslie GrothCertified Instructor
The implementation of Conscious Discipline® with fidelity is so essential to Leslie Groth. To insure this fidelity she has attended and assisted in the week long Summer Institutes every year since 2009. She has also elevated her learning at the week long Advanced Institutes. Over the years she has attended numerous one and two day workshops with Dr. Becky Bailey and several other Instructors. These comprehensive experiences have advanced her Conscious Discipline knowledge, so that she can bring her workshop participants the most current brain research and CD skills.