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.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington magna cum lade in 2005 with a degree in Elementary Education, Ashley enthusiastically settled into her role as a kindergarten teacher at Underwood Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C. Passionate about watching her students learn and grow and being committed to helping young children and their parents feel supported and understood, Ashley adopted Conscious Discipline® into her classroom in 2008 and experienced first-hand the rewards presented by this evidence-based method of teaching. Not only has she been able to develop strong lasting relationships with students and families but Ashley has helped hundreds of children develop their social-emotional skills and build a solid foundation for their future life experiences.
In 2011, Ashley was named a semi-finalist for the Wake County Teacher of the Year recognition, an honor that she attributes in large part to her belief in Conscious Discipline®. After spending seven years in the kindergarten classroom, Ashley transitioned to her current role of Instructional Resource Teacher and Magnet Coordinator at Underwood Elementary. This role allows her the opportunity to support and assist teachers as they implement Conscious Discipline® in their own classrooms, assist with school-wide implementation and help all members of the school community deepen their understanding of Conscious Discipline®.
Beyond the classroom, Ashley is the proud mother of two young girls and she uses the Conscious Discipline® method in her own home. Through the eyes of a parent she has been able to see and experience the positive, enriching and lasting effects Conscious Discipline® can have on a child.×