Jennifer SmithCertified Instructor
Jennifer Smith has over 17 years of experience working in the early childhood field. Her experiences vary from research and intervention to direct classroom and home-based services for families and children birth-five. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science degree in Child Development with a Specialization in Infant Studies from Erikson Institute. For the last 10 years, Jennifer has worked in the Early Head Start/Head Start community sharing her passion for Conscious Discipline.
Carla BriezenCertified Instructor
Carla Briezen has been working in the field of education in Aruba for over 20 years. Her aim is to introduce Conscious Discipline to as many people as possible and to be an example of living the principles of Conscious Discipline. Carla believes that adults and children alike can grow and live joyous, valuable lives founded on love instead of fear. By consciously accessing our brilliance when we apply the powers and skills of Conscious Discipline, we can build more loving and connected families, schools, companies and communities.
Steve HummerCertified Instructor
Steve Hummer is a husband, father, and experienced high school Social Studies teacher who came to Conscious Discipline through his wife, who works for Loving Guidance, LLC. He attended the Infant/Toddler Institute to become a better father and quickly realized how Conscious Discipline could be modified for use in his high school classroom. He continues to re-tool and refine the skills to better suit the needs of secondary students.
Annette ChastainCertified Instructor
Annette Chastain is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from The Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon and lives in Redmond, Oregon. Annette provides mental health consultation, training, and coaching for Head Starts, childcare centers, Social Service agencies, Native American tribes, communities, and schools K-12. She has over 25 years of experience in outpatient mental health, day treatment, classroom settings, mental health promotion and prevention, parent training, in-home skills training, and as a certified prevention specialist.
Gina de KortCertified Instructor
Gina is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, trainer, coach, and team leader who has worked in the educational field for more than 20 years. She currently coordinates the team of Educational Facilitators of Innovation at the Department of Education of Aruba, incorporating Conscious Discipline in her leadership approach. She also facilitates Conscious Discipline workshops for parents and educators.
Vanessa ZaraCertified Instructor
Vanessa Zara has over fifteen years of experience in education. She learned about Conscious Discipline in 2007 and has spent eight years providing coaching and training to her organization. She has also organized and led Conscious Discipline workshops for educators and parents.
Juana MoralesCertified Instructor
Juana is a mother, a wife, psychologist and educator living in Bogota, Colombia. She has been working for 27 years with children and their families in her private clinical practice and her child development center Vueltacanela as a director. She has specialized in emotional regulation, ADHD, impulsivity, parenting and early childhood. She loves helping families and teachers connect with their children.
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 (11) and Ryan (13) and a proud wife to Garreth. Mandy has been working in Independent Schools, both pre-k and elementary, with children aged 3-9 for 18 years. Mandy sits on the Board of Directors at a local Pre-Primary School.
Abbi KruseCertified Instructor
Abbi is the founder and Executive Director of The Playing Field, an early childhood program serving children experiencing homelessness right alongside those from far more advantaged families. Prior to this role, Abbi served in a variety of ECE settings including the University of Wisconsin Preschool Lab, Head Start, and community based programs.