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.
Amanda BagwellCertified Instructor
Amanda Bagwell is a wife, teacher, consultant and mother of four. She has an undergraduate degree in business and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Amanda is a certified educator in 3 states and has been teaching since 2004. She became a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor in 2011 and has even taught Conscious Discipline internationally.
Amy DeckerCertified Instructor
Amy Decker has been a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor since 2010. She conducts Conscious Discipline classes, book studies and empowerment groups focusing on the latest research for wiring up children’s brains to help parents and caregivers use connecting activities to instill impulse control, willingness, cooperation, and self-regulation. She also works with school center’s staff, training and coaching them how to implement Conscious Discipline’s brain-based strategies and techniques into their teaching practices.
Amy NiemeierCertified Instructor
Amy Niemeier has been an educator for seventeen years and is currently in her seventh year as principal of Slate Run Elementary School. Amy holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University and Education Specialist degree from Indiana State University. After seeing the positive impact Conscious Discipline had on her personal life as a wife and mother as well as on children, families, and the school community since 2013, Amy has made it her mission to share Conscious Discipline with others.
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.
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.
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.
Ashley CooperCertified Instructor
For more than 12 years Ashley Cooper has dedicated herself to working with young children, not only in the classroom setting but also as part of an elementary school administrative team and as the mother of two young girls. Ashley is a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor and she established Connected At Last, LLC in 2015 as a way to help educators, parents and caregivers transform their relationships with children using Conscious Discipline®. Ashley does this through professional development opportunities, classroom coaching, parent workshops and individual family coaching sessions.
Ashley FurnellCertified Instructor
Ashley has over 10 years of experience in the classroom and has been using Conscious Discipline since 2011. Currently an early childhood special education teacher and mother to two young girls, Ashley knows firsthand the struggles that come from raising and teaching young kids. She credits Conscious Discipline with supporting her in reaching her most challenging students and building a strong School Family. She is passionate about helping others learn Conscious Discipline in fun, creative, and relatable ways.