Terry Chadsey


Terry is an education consultant, a lead trainer for Positive Discipline, and a facilitator for Courage to Teach.® He has worked in public schools for 30 years as an administrator and teacher. In 2004, Terry left a position as a central office administrator with Seattle Public Schools to devote more time to Positive Discipline and Courage to Teach.

His last position in Seattle involved leading a team of community mobilizers working with Seattle Schools over the three years to implement a planning system in twenty-six school communities called Communities That Care®. This system has effectively assisted communities across the country to reduce the incidence among young people of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, dropping out of school, violence and delinquency. For the five years before that, Terry served as Coordinator of Organizational Support for the Everett Public Schools in Everett, Washington. He coordinated several school improvement initiatives, facilitated strategic planning and leadership events, and led workshops and courses for teachers and administrators. As a consultant, Terry has facilitated planning, conflict resolution, and teambuilding sessions for a variety of organizations. In addition to his work as a Positive Discipline Associate, he has led workshops and retreats in Courage to Teach, school change and applied learning at regional and national conferences.

For twenty-two years, Terry taught kindergarten through grade 8, first in Chicago and then in Washington State with one year on an International Teaching Fellowship to Melbourne, Australia. He has used Positive Discipline in his classroom and home since 1988. After working for many years with students, parents, teachers, and principals to explore various strategies for improving learning in schools, he is convinced that the concepts and tools of Positive Discipline are critical to achieving equity AND excellence for every student in every school.

Terry’s spouse of thirty years, Lynn, is a licensed massage therapist with a private practice in Seattle. They have two children, Alex, 24, and Jenny, 22.

Terry grew up in Connecticut and received a BA in American History from Yale University. He received a Master’s degree in elementary teaching from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Education, home of John Dewey and Benjamin Bloom. In 1989, he completed his administrative credentials at the University of Washington’s Danforth Program.

Terry is an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University. He has published several articles on teaching, learning and school change.

Sample Workshop Topics

Positive Discipline in the Classroom
Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way

Positive Discipline for Parents
Positive Discipline: the Missing Piece of School Reform
Class meetings the Positive Discipline Way

A brief introduction to Positive Discipline
Sorting out our Assumptions about Kids, Learning, and Discipline.

What Participants in Terry’s Recent Workshops have said:

“Compelling content, interactive throughout. Thank you.”

“Nice tone set., relaxed but focused. Bring Terry back.”

“He kept us moving. Good “movement” activities. Organized!”

“Wow! Brought new empathy for my students and insight into my teaching through role plays, brainstorms, activities. Very powerful way to convey the material. Bring Terry back for follow-up.”

“I liked the fact that Terry shared from his own experiences—both successes and failures and that he allowed people to ask questions and share experiences. He did not seem to be rushing.”

“Anyone who is teaching parenting class should take this class. It will expand what you are doing.”

“Very positive, experiential, powerful and real.”

“The best use of time of any workshop I’ve attended!! Thank you!”

“I was significantly challenged, a paradigm shift occurred when I began to learn that a child does not need to suffer to learn and that a child does well when they feel good.”

“The workshop was great blend of the theoretical and the practical.”

Jody McVittie, M.D.

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Jody is an enthusiastic and energetic teacher. She uses humor and stories to make new ideas approachable. She enjoys working with groups and playing with the material to make it fun to learn.

Jody received her M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1981. She completed her residency in Family Medicine in Modesto, California (1984) and worked as a family doctor until 1996. Her favorite part of being a doctor was working with families and guiding them to find ways that they could work together. She has been teaching parenting more formally since 1995. In 1996, she began collaborating with another educator to explore ways to teach Positive Discipline in the Classroom in a format that allows teachers to use their own experiences to guide them in creating a classroom that is more effective in reaching their longterm goals. The seven-week Positive Discipline in the Classroom class is now a regular part of the staff development program in the Everett School District in Washington State.

Jody began to teach groups of parents and teachers when she learned from her experience in her own family and the families of her patients that parents and teachers felt much more successful when they had the tools to teach children responsibility, empathy, and how to be part of a community. She is still continually amazed at how the Positive Discipline tools, which seem quite simple, have such a positive, powerful impact on families and classrooms.

She has three busy children and a very supportive husband who continually teach her that life is not always so easy, but that it can be a lot of fun. In addition to parenting her own family and teaching Positive Discipline, Jody also spends her time working on land-use issues, gardening, hiking, swimming, and rowing.

Comments from recent Positive Discipline in the Classroom workshop participants:

Would you recommend this workshop to someone else?

Yes. Excellent, hand - on approach. Very positive. Not a quick fix "band-aid."

Absolutely. I would tell them that there are very specific tips on applying the concepts of this program given, so it's not just "pretty theories."

Yes. It gave me concrete skills to improve my classroom atmosphere.

Yes, I think all teachers can benefit from a positive approach to discipline and working with kids.

Yes, absolutely. Very helpful and a reminder as a teacher to see through the student's eyes.

Yes, very useful, builds upon goals we would like our children to achieve.

Sahara Pirie

Sahara is a well known parent educator and trainer in the Seattle area who speaks regularly to schools, parent groups and educators.  As a mother and Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer, her passions include bringing joy back into parenting and creating community filled with dignity and respect.  Her training includes a Certificate of Professional Studies in Adlerian Psychology. Her gifts include being observant, compassionate and intuitive.
Sahara’s passion for Positive Discipline stems from its deep roots in respecting individuals while still holding them accountable and responsible for their deeds and actions. This allows us to effectively solve problems while strengthening relationships, helping children take responsibility and learn life skills.  This is a win-win.  Parents remain authority figures who can guide and teach while maintaining dignity and respect for themselves and their children.  These same principles can be applied in the workplace or education system. 
As a speaker, Sahara is inviting and engaging.  She teaches with respect and humor, and draws from a wealth of real-life stories.  Sahara connects easily with her audience as her warmth and compassion help create a trusted, safe space for learning.
Sahara has been teaching Positive Discipline since 2002, providing thousands of adults with the tools to become more effective and joy-filled in the demanding role of guiding the young, whether as a parent, educator or caregiver.  She is grateful for her many mentors in this work, particularly her husband and daughter.
Quotes from evaluations and feedback:

• “I thought Sahara did a great job with a diverse group of people and experiences.  You were always respectful.  You valued our opinions and experience.”

• “I so appreciated Sahara’s enthusiasm and spirit.”

• “This class has made me feel like I am doing something to be the best I can at parenting” 

• “Thank you so much for your time, effort and passion you put into this class.”

• I really have enjoyed your positive energy and openness.  I have felt very safe in this class.

• Great class!

•  “I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your Positive Discipline class. I think it was the only parenting class I have taken where I felt empowered and not ridden with guilt afterwards.”

• “I really appreciated that you shared your own personal experiences as examples.  It really helped me better understand the concepts you were teaching.  Thank you so much for teaching these classes. I’m sure you have helped and touched many families as you have mine.”


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