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Teresa Hurliman, MEd, CPDT


As a child, Teresa always dreamed of becoming a teacher. Those early dreams resulted a 44-year career working in schools as a special education teacher and administrator, alternative school principal, and most recently as a school improvement coach. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Sound Discipline, where she helps educators understand the connections between brain science, attachment and trauma to build strong school communities.

Teresa is passionate about empowering teachers and principals to be the best they can be for student success by helping them to develop new tools for understanding and responding to students. She really enjoys hearing success stories from the educators she works with and seeing their delight when a student is making progress. Teresa believes that, when implemented in concert with other school district and community practices, Sound Discipline’s work can have a significant impact on any community in which it takes root. Her dream would be to establish a cohort of colleagues to help expand Sound Discipline’s work into Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

Teresa sees how Sound Discipline has enabled her to be more understanding and compassionate as a spouse, parent, and family member. Her colleagues describe her as thoughtful, curious, and full of positivity. When not working, Teresa enjoys playing with her family, traveling, swapping stories with friends, and dancing – as long as she can lead!