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Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Conscious Discipline®Certified Instructor, Parent and Professional Coach

Mindy, founder of Grow With Us Academy LLC, has been working with children and families since 1990. As a Barry University Summa Cum Laude graduate, she majored in Exceptional Student Education (ESE). She was first introduced to Conscious Discipline® in 2001 where she used some of the strategies with medically fragile children while working at Children’s Rehab Network. After receiving her teaching degree Mindy started working at the Pre-Kindergarten ESE District Office in Miami-Dade County substituting in the demonstration classrooms, helping with the assistive technology team, and teaching at various PPEC’s (Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care). She went on to teach for MDCPS Pre-K ESE Program after many years working at private schools with all ages and developmental stages. Mindy received certification as a Conscious Discipline® Instructor in 2007. Mindy started her own business as a parent and professional coach guiding families with knowledge and love. She educates parents on how to use Conscious Discipline® skills in their home and encourages professionals to incorporate and implement the philosophy into their profession or classroom. In addition, she has presented parent and professional workshops with a focus on Conscious Discipline® in Dade, Broward, and Monroe County, Atlanta Georgia, Asheville North Carolina, New York, Denmark, Grenada, and Puerto Rico. Mindy’s passion and dedication shows through with all that she does and she feels grateful for every opportunity to Teach, Learn, and Live.

FullSizeRender (8)Gigi Arrieta
Executive Director, Conscious Discipline® Certified Instructor , Parent Coach

Gigi has her B.A. in Elementary Education and Sociology from the University of Miami and her Masters Degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University. After graduation, she went to work for the family business in real estate management. After 6 years, she decided to stay at home with her two children. She has now rejoined the workforce and is administering the day-to-day responsibilities of the Grow With Us Academy as well as leading the Parent Meetings and co-presenting with Mindy in the Parent Workshops. She first began her journey with Conscious Discipline® in 2011 by attending Mindy’s Level 1 and Level 2 series followed by numerous Study Clubs and Q&As along with Parent Child Classes. She has since then completed Dr. Becky Bailey Summer Institute Workshop (CD1) and the Advanced Institute Workshop (CD2) and is in the process of working towards her Instructor Certification in Conscious
Discipline®. Together with Mindy, they feel they can make a huge difference in the lives of many and truly impact the way people discipline themselves and others and how children are educated. Gigi is also a parent at Grow With Us Academy and is thrilled to be a part of something very special and unique with growth, knowledge, and love at its fundamental core.

Katja von Elbe
Conscious Discipline® Certified Instructor , Parent Coach

KatjaKatja von Elbe is well-known in the Miami community as a teacher trainer, parent educator and presenter at educational conferences. Her association with Dr. Becky Bailey began 24 years ago when she first attended one of her workshops and began implementing positive discipline strategies in her classroom. Katja continued to grow personally and share professionally as an adult educator while working in Head Start and as a teacher in the MDCPS Pre-kindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities. She has designed and presented courses in Conscious Discipline® for both Miami Dade College and MDCPS Teacher Education Center. She has received extensive training and mentoring from Dr. Becky Bailey and is one of her Loving Guidance Associates.   As the first Certified Conscious Discipline® Instructor in South Florida now serves schools and families through Brainheart Guidance, Inc., with her partner and husband, Jonathan Eastman.

Jonathan Eastman
Conscious Discipline® Certified Instructor , Parent Coach

jonathan-2-2Jonathan Eastman has a BS in Early Childhood Education and an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy.  He is Program Consultant for the Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida. He has over 30 years of experience as a children’s entertainer, storyteller, and games-master.  Jonathan brings that playful dynamic to his work sharing Conscious Discipline® and cooperative play activities and techniques with school staff or parent groups where the experience of a father is much appreciated.  Jonathan has been a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor since 2007. He lives in Miami, Florida where he and his partner Katja von Elbe formed Brainheart Guidance Inc. to provide teacher and parent training; individual and family consulting; and game sessions with children and adults for team building or simply fun.