Bully Prevention and Violence Prevention Training and Workshop Specialist
I have been providing bully prevention and violence prevention training and workshops to students, school staff and parents since 1999. I am a specialist in student discipline, bullying and violence prevention, behavior management and effective communication styles. During my dynamic workshops, I use my theatrical experience to role-play serious realities such as being bullied, being the subject of rumors or being shunned by cliques.
I am an expert in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, offering easy to understand seminars to teachers, administrators and attorneys. I am co-founder (retired) of Balance Educational Services, LLC.
I also work to prevent domestic abuse as the Youth and Community Educator with Project Against Violent Encounters of Bennington County, VT (www.PAVEBennington.org). In this capacity, I provide services to Kindergarten through college age students, educators, and parents in bully prevention strategies and social skills such as emotional management, conflict resolution, assertive communication skills, and healthy relationships.
I am also Food Program Coordinator with the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont in Bennington, VT (www.aidsprojectsouthernvermont.org) providing nutrition and other necessary services to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Previously I have served as the Director of Northstar Community alliance where I worked to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth. I am a past facilitator with FATHERTIME and Caring Dads (parenting programs), and I am a trained mediator. Prior to moving to Vermont, I taught social and vocational skills to people with developmental disabilities in Washington State.
In the late 1980s, my German Shepherd, Dixie, and I walked 3000 miles from New Orleans to Washington State. I am the author of the book Washington WALKABOUT, which examines the experiences of Reggie Feckley, a man with developmental disabilities as Reggie, Dixie and I walked 1,300 miles around the state of Washington, promoting the capabilities of people with disabilities. I presently live in Vermont.