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Consultant, Author, Speaker


Dr. Masterson is an early childhood education expert who connects understanding of child development to high-quality teaching strategies. She presents on a range of topics including strength-based positive guidance, play-based and child-centered lesson planning, quality improvement, social-emotional development, and the impacts of stress, media, and health on children's well-being. For classroom teachers and programs, she introduces teaching strategies that are culturally and linguistically supportive of all children and families. She presents on Whole Leadership and the influence of program leaders in staff development and retention, organizational effectiveness and skill-building, quality improvement, and impact. 


As an early childhood expert, her engaging and inspirational messages include advocacy for children's mental health, sensitive and effective responses to stress and trauma, and research-based strategies to boost self-regulation and social skills in young children. As a highly regarded practical author, she has developed a widely held reputation as a motivational speaker.

Dr. Masterson promotes child-centered, research-anchored practices that honor the right of children to develop their gifts and potential in the context of adults and peers who nurture, encourage, and nourish their creativity and meaningful engagement in learning for life.

Dr. Masterson is available as a speaker and consultant for the following: 

  • Keynote, workshop, and professional development training

  • Program, agency, and individual consulting for quality improvement

  • Training documents and technical assistance support




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The skills and tools provided through this book have become a permanent fixture in my arsenal. These tools are more than just methods and philosophies, but truly a roadmap to improve the quality of life, self-esteem, and future of every single child that we encounter.

Valerie Bundy, District Manager, KinderCare


Your approach to responsive, developmentally appropriate discipline has been long overdue. It is a wonderful training tool. Your message is candid, practical and embodies foundations of best practice. THANK YOU!! You found a way to bring the concept of real responsive care to life.
State Head Start Trainer, Illinois


Although I have been in the education field for 30 years, this experience has empowered and re-vitalized me in the importance of training my staff to use positive discipline techniques. Dr. Masterson has been wonderful mentor and has inspired me to become a model and trainer of the discipline techniques at my preschool/day care center.

Center Director, Kempsville, VA


I wanted to let you know how much your seminar influenced me as a teacher. I have now changed the way I manage my classroom in a more positive manner. The children are responding in such an amazing way. They now take responsibility for their actions and feel proud of their accomplishments!
You have such a powerful message to share. I hope many have the opportunity to hear your experiences and your teachings. 

Licensed Teacher, St. Charles, IL





I tried everything else. Then I realized I needed to change myself. This book helped me transform my relationships with my children and change the atmosphere of our home. My discipline went from nagging to inspiring.

Anne Smith


I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS BOOK. I wish this book had been written before I had my first son. I could have saved so much time and frustration by reading this ONE over all the others I've read.

Sarah Duncan


Not only did this approach help me become a more effective father, but it made our relationships more fun. I learned how to step up and become influential in my children’s lives.

Mark Proud


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