Our professional development instructors are engaging restorative practitioners that bring years of experience in studying, teaching, and applying restorative practices in a variety of settings.

Instructor and Implementation Coach

Mike Azzalina is an IIRP Instructor and Implementation Coach. He has spent over 16 years in public education as an elementary school teacher...

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Nikki Chamblee, Ph.D has been an educator for over 19 years. Currently she serves as an Instructor and Implementation Coach for the IIRP. In this...

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Kiyaana Cox Jones is an IIRP Instructor and Implementation Coach. In her role as Assistant Director of Multicultural life at Muhlenberg...

Instructor and Implementation Coach

Julia Getty is an Instructor and Implementation Coach with the IIRP. She has trained and coached public school, independent school, and...

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Jennifer Hiestand is an Instructor and Implementation Coach with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP). Previously, Jennifer...

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Dr. Whitney Howarth is an Instructor and Implementation Coach with more than 20 years of experience in the field of education.  She holds a...

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Matthew Johnson is an Instructor and Implementation Coach with the IIRP.  His passion is collaborating with schools to create restorative...

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Trisha Tinsley has 20 years of experience in social services and community organizing. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from...

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Keisha Allen serves as the Executive Director of Black Family Development Inc. Training Institute (BTI) in Detroit, Michigan. Her mission to restore civil societies...

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Sarah Barbour supports the design and implementation of school-wide behavioral support systems and restorative discipline processes for independent and public school...

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Dr. Tawio Barksdale is an IIRP instructor, author, educational consultant, and has served in various roles in K-12 public schools for over 20 years.  His passion is...

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Bill Boyle is an experienced restorative practitioner and facilitator of equity and inclusion learning experiences. He has worked diligently to form schools that serve as...

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Dr. Ashley L. Brown, is an IIRP Instructor, the Director of the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity at Vanderbilt University, and a DEIB consultant for...

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Jennifer Coker is an IIRP Instructor, Adjunct Professor at College of Charleston, and Leadership Coach. Throughout her three decades in K-12 public education...

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Joseph Devlin is an IIRP instructor, adjunct professor at Bucks County Community College, and founder of Family Sobriety Now. He has more than 20 years of experience in the...

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Sheryl Douglas started her life-long career in education as an English Language Arts teacher and later transitioned into educational consulting. For over two decades she...

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Graciella Drew is a restorative practices trainer, providing training and/or consulting in multiple urban and suburban school districts throughout the United States. She...

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Dara is an educator, speaker, author, coach and consultant whose lifelong goal is to transform schools, and the systems that support them, into environments that are...

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Chad Ferguson is an IIRP instructor and educational consultant, working with school and district teams to reflect on their practice and plan and implement strategic school...

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Steve Fiedeldey is a restorative practitioner who has a diverse background in education. He is a passionate and dedicated advocate for children, with experience as an...

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Shermont Fox has over 35 years of experience transforming the lives of students and families with schools all over the country. He has been a teacher at the School District...

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Jeremias Garcia is an IIRP instructor, as well as the Assistant Administrator for Diakon Youth Services in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, a Basketball Official...

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Jeff Godowski is a IIRP instructor, Assistant Dean at Cornell University, and owner of JP Godowski Consulting, LLC. Jeff was introduced to the IIRP and Restorative...

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Victoria Goodson is the Coordinator for Student Conduct and Restorative Justice at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. She began her association with the...

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Ashleigh Hala is an IIRP Instructor and the Director for the Office of Wellbeing at Wake Forest University. She has experience in higher education, social work...

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Trio! is a consultant, coach, conflict mediator and instructor at the IIRP. They currently work with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) as a Restorative Justice...

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Peter Heineman has been an urban elementary, middle and high school educator for over 30 years. He currently works at Green Street Academy in West Baltimore...

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Lynne Lang has worked for over 30 years in public health, managing community coalitions, and developing school health and safety curriculum. In 2009, she developed...

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Julie Malloy has nearly 20 years of experience in management consulting and direct service. She has trained adults in restorative practices and strategy development in New...

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Karen is the co-founder of Collaborative School Culture (CSC), which partners with schools to strategically integrate restorative practices, develop systems and procedures...

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Fabien McGill is currently an elementary school Assistant Principal, with a background as a middle school Mathematics teacher and athletic director. Fabien is invested in...

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Stephanie Natera has over 15 years of experience in various roles in mental health and education settings. As a licensed clinical social worker, school social worker and...

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Suzanne has worked as a mental health counselor for over 30 years in a variety of settings, including schools, community mental health and inpatient behavioral health...

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Eric Rainey has over 25 years of experience in a variety of roles in the fields of education and childcare services, including graduation coach, classroom teacher...

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Neil Ray has served in communities and schools of the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area for over 15 years in various capacities, including school social worker...

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Lee draws on over 45 years of business experience in the fields of education, healthcare and non-profit management.  During this time, he has served in a range of...

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Dawn Schantz has more than 30 years of experience in Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system, from Juvenile Probation Officer to counselor with the IIRP model program...

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Kate Shapero is a science teacher at The Miquon School, a private elementary school in Philadelphia. As a lifelong learner, Kate has been honing her restorative practices...

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Jeannette Siemers, M. Ed. is cofounder and lead Restorative Practices Facilitator for Together in This, LLC and currently serves as Principal at a comprehensive...

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Gina Sweet-Comrie has dedicated more than 20 years to working with special education students residing in Philadelphia, PA and surrounding counties. She is certified...

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LeTicia F. Taylor has worked in education for 18 years. She was introduced to restorative practices in 2012 while assisting an initiative to implement restorative processes...

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Rodney Toulson has extensive experience working and training in inner city schools. He is a former Director of Restorative Practices in Baltimore City Public Schools...

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Ken Trautwein is an IIRP instructor and has nearly 25 years’ experience teaching Middle School and High School science. In regard to restorative practices, Ken...

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Melissa Ugarte has been an educator for over a decade, having held positions in counseling, behavior management and leadership. Ms. Ugarte founded The Educated Edge, LLC, a...

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Deanna Webb has dedicated over 15 years to working as a special education teacher across grade levels in public and alternative schools and 10 years to training adult...

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Jen Williams is a Middle School Counselor in Pennsylvania and is a 2016 alumni of the IIRP Master of Science program. Her passion for restorative practices started...

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Susan Wilson has over 20 years of experience using a restorative lens in her work to promote individual voice and advocacy and support building community. She is the...

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Carla R. Young is an administrator, diversity champion and Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access at Cranbrook Schools and an Instructor for the IIRP...