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.
Megan Shea-BatesCertified Instructor
Megan Shea-Bates has over 10 years of experience in the classroom and in administrative roles, ranging from special education Pre-K to adults in diverse environments. She discovered Conscious Discipline as an administrator and has used those foundational practices to educate, train and coach parents, teachers and leaders.
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.
Rachel FrasierCertified Instructor
With two decades of teaching experience, Rachel Frasier whole-heartedly integrates the powers and skills of Conscious Discipline into all aspects of her life. She has the unique perspective of serving as an elementary school dance specialist, allowing her to build relationships with all the students and families in her school. Rachel is a NC Teaching Fellow and graduate of Meredith College, where she earned a BA in Dance and her K-12 Dance Education Certification.
Sarah Catherine RhodesCertified Instructor
Sarah Catherine Rhodes is currently teaching an inclusive Pre-K class serving “at-risk” students alongside children with identified special needs. She participates in the NC Demonstration Preschool Program where she models best practices in the early childhood setting. Sarah Catherine graduated from Meredith College with a degree in Child Development and now serves as a mentor teacher for student interns.
Lynn YoungCertified Instructor
Lynn Young has dedicated 30 plus years to educating children with disabilities. While she once taught preschool through high school, her passion is working with young children and their families. She spent 20 years teaching an inclusive preschool classroom that she designed to include children with hearing impairments and other developmental disabilities. She was a demonstration teacher and has served as a cooperating teacher for countless student interns. Most recently, she has been a Preschool Coordinating Teacher supporting preschool Special Education and Title I teachers with a professional development program she developed.
Beth AnspachCertified Instructor
For over 20 years, Beth Anspach, founder of Pathways to Learning, Inc., has worked with children birth through 7 and their caregivers in a parent-participatory class setting. During that time, Beth also taught in preschool classrooms and provided workshops to parents and teachers of children birth through elementary age across the United States, inspiring them […]
Jenny SpencerCertified Instructor
With over 20 years of experience working with children and adults with special needs, Jenny is a Master Teacher who specializes in providing learning opportunities that address the needs of diverse populations. She has worked with children of all ages and has a special knack for connecting with the most challenging children and helping them tap their true potential. While Jenny enjoys working with children of all ages, her sweet spot is the early childhood years!
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.