Barb's coaching has challenged me to take leaps forward in my professional growth and my effectiveness in mentoring teachers in an inclusive preschool program. Barb's mix of honesty, acceptance, and reflection helps educators see new possibilities and develop far beyond their initial goals. She is an incredible resource and a talented teacher trainer. Barb's mentoring has vastly enriched my professional development and learning.
Faye Bankler Casell
Assistant Director, Preschool Services
Bertha Alyce Early Childhood Center, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC - Houston, Texas
Barb was able to adapt her training to our program and she gave us related examples that explained her method and demonstrated how this would look in the preschool classroom. Classroom management is always an ongoing conversation with our college students and this helped them understand how improv-based play can help them when approaching a child that does not want to participate in a session.
Grizelva Sanchez, Site Manager
Barb has a way of building relationships and empathizing that allows her to understand the issues in the classroom and give the necessary support to take her clients to the next level as educators. The confidence that working with Barb gave me propelled me into a leadership role in Early Head Start.
I went on to become a program director and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Brooklyn College.
Shana Hewitt, Associate Director
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Queens, New York
Barb understands the daily operations, highlights and challenges of early childhood programs. She offers developmentally appropriate strategies for transforming challenging behavior and respects teacher's daily work with children. Her workshops are enjoyable, engaging and useful for individuals with varying degrees of experience and education. Everyone will learn something! I wholeheartedly recommend Barb O’Neill as a consultant to early education programs.
Catherine Mathis, Lecturer and Former Early Childhood Program Director
Fresno State University - Fresno, California
I’d been wanting to use puppets in my classroom for years...but I felt shy and intimidated. Barb encouraged me and coached me through my first attempt, and now "Bunny" is an important part of our everyday! The children are completely engaged and I am thrilled. I hardly have any behavioral challenges at circle time now. I could not have done it without Barb's clear and supportive coaching.
Dylan Bosseau, Preschool Teacher
Van Asselt Elementary, Seattle Public Schools
I attended Barb's workshop and was delighted to see how she’s tackling the difficult work of dealing with children who challenge teachers every day.
Her approach is highly respectful of both the child and the teacher and her examples demonstrate how she has used these methods with success.