Heidi WhiteCertified Instructor
Heidi has devoted her career to supporting the healthy growth and development of children and staff, serving first as a teacher, then as a principal, and ultimately as the director of a school district early learning program and a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor.
Kenedria ThurmanCertified Instructor
As a college student and part-time preschool teacher, Kenedria was first introduced to Conscious Discipline by Certified Instructor, Nicole Mercer. Kenedria has always had a passion for connecting with children and seeing them as able, and deserving of love and intentional learning. The introduction to the seven skills and structures for classroom management enhanced her teaching while working in faith based preschool programs and in-home child care.
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.
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.
Jinny DatemaCertified Instructor
Jinny is an influential advocate for mental health, social emotional learning and trauma-informed practices. She draws on her professional background as well as life experiences to deliver relatable, useable information about using Conscious Discipline to create a foundation of protective factors that guard against and heal trauma. Jinny is known for her ability to present deep concepts with calmness, compassion, the ability to meet adults/children exactly where they are, and steadfast positive intent.
Laura AbbeCertified Instructor
Laura works with early childhood professionals and parents to help them create an environment of optimal social and emotional growth for children. She is passionate about supporting adults by offering the safety and connection they inherently need, yet may not have experienced fully in their own childhood. Laura builds her life’s work on the concept that offering to others what we need (or have needed) creates a path of healing and a sense of peace through which we are empowered to positively impact the lives of children, students, families, communities and world.
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.
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.