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.
Afton SchleiffCertified Instructor
Afton is passionate about helping teenagers and those who support and care for them. Her 15+ years of experience in secondary level teaching and administration infuses her work with an understanding of the demands educators and administrators face, and enables her to realistically demonstrate how to seamlessly integrate it all with Conscious Discipline.
Alissa has been married 21 years (she got married at Disney!) and has an 18-year old son heading to Harvey Mudd college to play baseball and major in math and physics. She is also a level 10 competitive gymnast. She has been in education for 20 years and loves “being the change [she] wish[es] to […]
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.
Amy SpeidelMaster Instructor
Amy Speidel is a delightful and insightful presenter, podcast personality and Conscious Discipline Master Instructor. Her experience as an educator and as a Certified Parent Coach working with families within a pediatric practice provides the foundation for compassionate and relatable talks that engage parents, educators, and organizational leaders alike. Amy discovered the impact of Conscious Discipline as a teacher 20+ years ago when she witnessed a positive transformation in her students. She now aspires to support all adults who encounter children by sharing Conscious Discipline® with them through practical, user-friendly, and inspiring events. In addition to her work as a presenter nationwide, Amy has also delighted Conscious Discipline enthusiasts as co-host of the Real Talk for Real Teachers podcast since 2022.
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.
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.
Angela FraleyMaster Instructor
Angela Fraley, Conscious Discipline’s own “baby whisperer,” is a motivational change agent in early education. She has committed the entirety of her career to working directly with young children and helping adults lay the vital, foundational groundwork infants and toddlers need to thrive. Her first 20+ years in the field were dedicated to Child and Family Services, the Head Start Program and Parents as Teachers.
Anita CraigheadCertified Instructor
Anita Craighead is a mother of two and licensed early childhood teacher with a preschool special needs endorsement. She has over 25 years of experience working with preschool children and over 17 years of experience working with adult learners.