Dr. Jody McVittie was awarded the 2012 Leadership Legacy Award by the Center for Ethical Leadership.
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Guest blog post for the League of Education Voters

Sound Discipline Facilitator Melanie Miller publishes locally.  “Positive Parenting – the Gift of a Struggle”

The Everett Herald article. 4/7/2009


Sound Discipline

Sound Discipline (Espanol)

About Us

Our Vision

We see a day when

We Believe

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Our Experience:

Our trainers have a over a decade of regional experience including:

The Sound Discipline Board:

Terry Chadsey, President

Terry is a co-founder of Sound Discipline. He has led workshops and courses in discipline for parents, parent educators, teachers and principals. In addition, he has provided customized coaching and facilitation for district and school teams and presented at local, state, and national education conferences.

Terry has a BA from Yale University, an MS in Elementary Education from the University of Chicago and principal credentials from the University of Washington. He taught kindergarten through eighth grade over twenty-two years in Chicago, Australia, and Washington State. Terry then worked for ten years for school districts, managing change projects and providing professional development for teachers and administrators. Terry lives in Seattle with his wife Jane. Their blended family includes four adult children.

Currently, Terry Chadsey is Co-director of the Center for Courage & Renewal, an organization founded by author, activist and educator, Parker J. Palmer. The Center exists to nurture personal and professional integrity, and the courage to act on it. He is also a Circle of Trust® facilitator.

Jilberto Soto, Treasurer

Jilberto Soto grew up in Moxee, Washington and attended the University of Washington, graduating with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. During his undergraduate tenure, he held many positions serving as his Omega Delta Phi fraternity President, and was La Raza Commission Director for the Associated Students of the University of Washington. Jilberto joined The Boeing Company straight out of college as a Business Career Foundation Program participant, a two year leadership rotational program. In his free time, Jilberto enjoys traveling, previously visiting Mexico, Panama, Spain, Rome and Tahiti. He also loves to volunteer and is a big brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Sally Telzrow, Secretary

Ms. Telzrow is a licensed independent social worker. She has worked for over 32 years as a therapist, clinical supervisor and director in a number of community based programs meeting the social, emotional and mental health needs of children, youth and families.

Ms. Telzrow continues to focus on social emotional health and barriers to learning in her current work at Seattle Public Schools. Her administrative skills and knowledge of child development and best practices in supporting social/emotional skill development in children have resulted in successful programming in a number of arenas: implementation of student support strategies at the middle school level, provision of social emotional skills groups to kindergarten students and the development of a program that trains parents to successfully engage culturally diverse families who are experiencing language or cultural barriers in getting connected and involved with their children’s education. She also works with SPS department of Community Learning to provide technical assistance, and professional development support to Community Learning Centers in six secondary schools.

Ms. Telzrow’s family has always been as important as her work. She and her husband, Robert, have raised two children and now enjoy being involved in the lives of their three grandchildren.

Julie Soto

Julie Soto M.S., is a parent educator,child development specialist and family advocate with over 30 years experience teaching, training professionals and developing programs for families with young children. Julie has served on many family advocate boards and was a founding member of the Kids Quest Children's Museum Board. Julie was the editor of Infants Toddlers and Preschoolers; the Best Resources to Help you Parent. She has presented workshops throughout Washington State, nationally, and in Canada. Julie recently retired from Bellevue College as Director of the Parent Education/Early Learning Program.

Executive Director:

Karen Schrantz

Sound Discipline welcomes our new executive director, Karen Schrantz. Karen is a former elementary and junior high school teacher who has spent the past 14 years working as an education consultant with Triangle Associates, Inc. where she developed and managed environmental education programs. She received her BA in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton, her teaching degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas, and her Master of Public Administration degree from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.

Introduced to Positive Discipline when her oldest child was in preschool, Karen is now a certified trainer with the national Positive Discipline Association. She has worked as a Sound Discipline facilitator for the past three years, teaching parenting courses and teacher training workshops on solution-focused discipline in Seattle and Bellevue. Her current focus is the expansion of Sound Discipline into school districts across the Puget Sound. She believes that the work of Sound Discipline has the power to transform families, schools and communities through mutual respect, clear communication, problem solving, and continuous learning.

When not at work, Karen enjoys running, yoga, horseback riding, and spending time outdoors with her husband, daughter, son and two dogs.

Director of Program:

Jody McVittie, MD

Jody is the director of program and a co-founder of Sound Discipline. A native Seattleite, Jody McVittie, MD received her BS in Biology from Stanford University and her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her family medicine residency and fellowship in California. She worked as a family physician in both California and Washington before shifting to focus on broader community issues that impact all of our health including education, parenting and land use.

Currently she consults with school staff, trains parent educators, teaches parent education classes and provides coaching to teachers and parents. She is a lead trainer for the Positive Discipline Association and co-author of the Positive Discipline Workbook and BRIDGES, Building Relationships for Improved Discipline, Academic Gains and Effective Schools. She also recently co-authored the new manuals Positive Discipline in the School and Classroom Teachers’ Guide: Activities for Students and Positive Discipline in the School and Classroom Leaders’ Guide: Resources and Activities.

Her dream is to build healthy communities by teaching parents, teachers and students how to work together in relationships founded on deep mutual respect. Jody is the mother of three young adults who have been some of her best teachers.


Lynne Brazg

Terry Chadsey

Penny Davis

Ximena Grollmus

Stacy Lappin

Jody McVittie

Melanie Miller

Anita Morales

Sarina Natkin

Kristin Nasman

Casey O’Roarty

Sahara Pirie

Karen Schrantz

Julietta Skoog

SWIS Facilitators

Stacy Lappin

Jody McVittie, MD

Casey O’Roarty

Karen Schrantz