I am passionate about my work with schools, teachers, counselors, and other group facilitators. My work focuses on developing effective tools and techniques to protect the sanctity of the learning environment and making teaching and group facilitation more enjoyable, and even fun!
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor trained in Love & Logic for the Classroom, Conscious Discipline, Positive Discipline, Traditional Classroom Techniques, Conflict Resolution, Emotional Classroom Management, Motivational Interviewing, Educational Linguistics, and Non-Verbal Classroom Management. I have extensive experience working with teachers of students of all ages from child to adult:
- Served as a program director, counselor trainer, and lead classroom facilitator at Meridian Behavioral Health Services’ Adult Recovery Education Center
- Certified through the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education as a trainer providing continuing education credits for teachers
- Continuously work closely with a variety of schools to develop and implement ongoing professional development for teachers
The following is a list of some of the tools teachers find especially useful:
- Build Solid Relationships: A student’s cooperation is easiest to get when they have a great relationship with you. Fortunately, you can convert almost every intervention into an opportunity to build and strengthen a relationship between you and your student.
- Use Your Body and Location: We don’t want to stop the flow of the classroom! These techniques keep you going with the flow of instruction as you almost unnoticeably work to change a student’s unhelpful behavior.
- Lead with Empathy: Getting empathy into the school culture is important, because fostering an environment of empathy is considered paramount to successful school communities (Bailey, 2008).
- Be Calming: When you get upset or lose control, you are showing your student that they have power over you.
- Give the Inconvenience of Worrying: Give an immediate inconvenience, while giving you more time to come up with an appropriate action.
- Observe and Thank: A technique to bring about cooperation from the student while avoiding power struggles.
- Choices: Ways to give a student control on your terms, so they don’t take control on their terms.
- Enforceable Statements: Controlling what YOU will do is your greatest power!
- Asking Questions: Ways to gets the student to do the thinking.
- Argument Enders: Tools to avoid a never ending cycle of arguing.