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Our teachers are more than important to us. They are at the heart of this curriculum.

Kristin Lasher

  • Parent Coach and Teacher with Parent Support Center, 1992 - present

  • Elementary School Counselor, 2010 - present

  • Elementary teacher including bilingual 2nd grade and TESOL teacher, 1987 - 2010

  • Administration License, Portland State University, 2015

  • School Counseling License, Lewis & Clark College, May 2010

  • Master of Arts in Education, ESOL endorsed, Emphasis on School Counseling, Lewis & Clark College, August, 2003

  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, Minor is Spanish, University of Oregon, June 1987

  • GirlStrength self-defense instructor, August 2011 - present

  • Yoga Calm Instructor, July 2010 - present


Kristin has been in education for 34 years working with children and families Kindergarten thru 8th grade. She is currently the K-4 School Counselor at Laurelhurst Elementary in Portland Public Schools (PPS). She has two grown children who helped her learn a lot about parenting.  She enjoys problem solving and supporting parents, families and teachers.   She has been working with the Caring Discipline curriculum for 28 years and looks forward to facilitating her next class.  She truly believes in the process of parents working together to do this hard thing called parenting.  Kristin loves anything outdoors with friends and family: hiking, tandem biking, camping, and swimming to name a few.

Amy Williams

  • MA in Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling from Antioch New England Graduate School, 1994

  • BS Ed. in Dance Education  from University of Georgia, 1990

  • Founder and Director of Amy Williams Academy, 2001

  • Teacher and Consultant with Moving In The Spirit, National Youth Development Organization in Atlanta, GA, 1992-present

  • Oregon Master Trainer, 2002-present


Amy Williams has been teaching, coaching, and training parents, educators, and therapists for nearly 20 years. Her work as a movement & expressive arts therapist, counselor, performer, educator, and teacher flavors her presentations with hope, inspiration and humor. Her specialties include movement and the arts, guidance and discipline, team-building and staff development. She is also the proud mama of two confident and compassionate daughters who are tumbling into adulthood, for the most part, unscathed by her parenting. She is fortunate to be surrounded by countless parenting mentors who teach her about love, humor and resilience. She believes deeply in the power of supporting children to become their own independent and wholehearted selves.

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