Wynonna ToeainaCertified Instructor
Wynonna Toeaina honors her culture by acknowledging her people, homeland, and life-givers. She comes from the Sicangu (see-chan-goo) Rosebud Lakota Sioux people. Her mother is Rosebud Sioux, her father is Hidatsa from the Three Affiliated Tribes, and her stepmother is Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe. Wynonna has a deep passion and a personal stake in reaching […]
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 […]
Kristen BalhoffCertified Instructor
Motivated by the developmental differences of her own children at home, Kristen left her original career to learn about supporting children with unique social/emotional profiles. She immediately fell in love with Conscious Discipline’s adult-first and relationship-based approach to parenting. Based on brain science, Conscious Discipline benefits all families, and Kristen has developed practical strategies for […]
Melissa ChrismanCertified Instructor
As a young girl, Melissa knew education was her calling. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, she attended the University of Dayton where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education preK-3rd grade and a master’s degree in special education.
Brooke HaberleCertified Instructor
Growing up, school was a challenging place for Brooke to learn and connect with others. As an adult, she found the power to connect with hard-to-reach students and educators through Conscious Discipline, and uses her childhood experiences as a driving force to facilitate change.
Amanda SpightCertified Instructor
Amanda Spight is a presenter who thrives on creating spaces where all stakeholders feel safe to show up as their whole selves and supporting leaders in doing the same within their communities. She is a wife, a mother, a dynamic leader and an authentic presenter.
Chrissy JohansenCertified Instructor
Chrissy’s greatest joy is working with children who don’t “fit in the box,” whether it be academically or behaviorally. This joy has driven her life’s work, including her current devotion to supporting adults, empowering them to see themselves and the students in their care differently, and collaborating to meet their students’ needs through new skills and strategies.
Cristen SassiCertified Instructor
Cristen Sassi is an energetic presenter, trainer and coach with a passion for working with educators and students who experience behavioral challenges that stem from trauma or chronic stress. Her substantial understanding of child development, sensory integration, sensory processing, neuroscience, trauma-informed approaches and Conscious Discipline provides a foundation from which she helps adults and children reach their fullest potential.
Cheryl CotterCertified Instructor
Cheryl Cotter is a wife, mother and special educator with over 29 years of experience. Cheryl discovered Conscious Discipline when she was looking for a better way to support her son. She had followed all the doctors’ recommendations for behavior management tools; nothing was working. She learned about Conscious Discipline at a training in New Hampshire and never looked back.