Paola Salcedo is an award-winning teacher specializing in Early Childhood and Bilingual Education with over 15 years of experience in the classroom. She has worked as a Conscious Discipline coach at a Title I school in Houston ISD since 2015, where she has successfully implemented bilingual parent involvement programs. Paola is currently pursuing a master’s degree in School Counseling. A mother of four, she experiences the successes and challenges of the Conscious Discipline journey firsthand at home and at school.
For over 15 years, Paola has worked as a bilingual teacher, first in an elementary school and then at an early childhood center. She was first introduced to Conscious Discipline by the principal at her early childhood center. At first, shifting from the familiar conduct charts to the Conscious Discipline approach wasn’t working out. Eventually, Paola truly started focusing on the powers and supporting them with structures.
The results were transformational. The overall classroom environment improved, children began cooperating, and discipline was no longer a struggle. Within weeks, Paola decided to invest her time and energy into learning more about the program. She also began implementing Conscious Discipline at home, where it had a positive effect on her family relationships. Paola attended a Conscious Discipline Summer Institute and returned with a vision to transform the school environment.
This vision was shared by Paola’s principal, and Paola became an enthusiastic and effective Conscious Discipline coach. She has coached teachers in classroom implementation, worked one-on-one with struggling students, and trained parents in both English and Spanish. Paola has also facilitated a Conscious Discipline professional development book study and promoted a School Family environment at the school level. She hosts “The Buzz” and “Little Buzz” morning video announcements, as well as School Family Assemblies.
Along the way, Paola has been named Teacher of the Year and received a Houston ISD top-performing teacher award. Having seen the positive changes Conscious Discipline has brought to her life, Paola is passionate about guiding others on their own journeys. Teachers and parents alike appreciate her solid, realistic advice, passion, and drive.×