The following presentation is suitable for preschool and primary teachers working with children in grades PreK-5/ages three to ten:


Children are born hard-wired to help and although we do a good job of offering our students opportunities to be “Classroom Helpers,” there are common classroom practices that have been implemented which create a culture of competition, dulling compassion and contributing to bullying-type behaviors. In this session, I’ll share my professional observations, along with current discoveries in brain science, to explain why empathy instruction is as important as – if not more – than academic instruction. I’ll also share practical tips on helping students develop their innate desires to be helpers, not hurters. This session is suitable for PreK-5 teachers working with children ages three-ten.

The following presentation is suitable for teachers of children in grades 7-12/tweens and teens, and is well-paired with Hope and Healing for Teens Who Are Hurting and Relationship Rx for Parents of Teens.


Teens are dealing with more now than they ever have been before. In this session, teachers will learn about the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. While participants will not learn how to diagnose, or how to provide any therapy or counseling, they will learn how to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or enduring an emotional crisis.

In addition to being certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid by the National Council for Behavioral Health, I’ve earned the following praise, as well as awards and accolades from these prestigious organizations: 

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To inquire about next steps, please take a moment to review my booking information.

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