Kelli Rushing

Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor

Cary, North Carolina

Kelli Rushing has a passion for young children and for the adults that live and work with them. As an early childhood consultant and trainer, she brings information and skills to current and future teachers, early childhood program directors, parents, early interventionists and all who support those who live with and care for young children. Her skill and drive for excellence guide and encourage all her students (children and adults) to reach new and deeper levels of learning and practice.

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Kelli has over 40 years of experience in early childhood including teaching children of all abilities, ages 0-13 years in public schools and special education settings, providing early intervention services to children ages 0-5 in their homes and child care programs and teaching college students, teachers, early childhood administrators and parents of young children. Kelli became a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor in 2014.

Kelli has a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Education from Texas A&M University and Masters of Education Degree in Special Education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She lives in North Carolina with her husband of 45 years and is the mother of three adult children and grandmother to four girls.



    Kelli has 40+ years experience teaching young children of all abilities and supporting adults who live and work with children. She is a mother of three.


    Kelli specializes in early childhood, teachers, administrators, and parents  to provide inclusive, caring communities that support learning and healthy development in children of all abilities.


    Kelli is a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor and a licensed teacher in three states for early childhood / special education.


    Kelli earned a B.S. in Education from Texas A&M University and a M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Nebraska.