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Stuart Shanker

Founder & Visionary

Stuart Shanker is the author of the Self-Reg trilogy: Calm, Alert and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation (Pearson 2012), Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life (Penguin 2016); Reframed: Self-Reg for a Just Society (UofT Press 2020). And with Susan Hopkins, Self-Reg Schools: A Handbook for Educators (Pearson 2019). In 2012 Stuart founded The MEHRIT Centre as a Self-Reg learning and information centre for parents, educators, the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow.

Susan Hopkins, EdD (she/her)

Executive Director

Susan has over 20 years of experience in in all levels of education, including roles as teacher, vice-principal, curriculum developer, and inclusion coordinator. Through her work in Canada and internationally with The MEHRIT Centre, Susan’s leadership has advanced Shanker Self-Reg® learnings, amplifying Self-Reg initiatives that support children, adults and communities. Susan co-authored the Self-Reg Schools Handbook for Educators with Dr. Stuart Shanker.

Crystal Carbino

Crystal Carbino

Crystal is a dedicated Early Years Professional and Registered Early Childhood Educator with over 20 years of experience in childcare settings, from infants to school-age children. She currently works as a Kindergarten Educator in the public school system and has been instrumental in supporting Ontario’s Full Day Early Learning Program.

Crystal is also a certified Self-Reg Champion, having completed multiple certificate programs in Self-Regulation. She recently joined the E-Learning team as a facilitator for the Early Childhood Development in Self-Regulation Certificate Program, where she shares her expertise with fellow professionals. Crystal’s passion for early childhood education and commitment to professional development make her a valuable asset in the field.

Christine Chin

Christine Chin

Christine Chin is a Curriculum Consultant, classroom teacher and leader from Toronto, Canada. Over the past 18 years, she has spent her time dedicated to creating and nurturing collaborative learning cultures that support teachers, students and their families. Her experiences have informed her understanding of how to support students who face challenges within the French Immersion setting. As a New Teacher Induction Program Curriculum Consultant, Mentor and Literacy teacher, she has enjoyed the process of supporting new teachers to further develop their skills and continue along their learning journeys through small-group mentorship about topics such as Literacy, Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy, STEAM. Her participation on the Leadership Team at the Mentoree has allowed her to be inspired by others and find creative ways to give back to the teaching community.


Christine Chin

Jean Clinton

Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, Division of Child Psychiatry, in Ontario, Canada. From 2014 to 2018, she served as an education advisor to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education.
Dr. Clinton is a trainer in Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model in Education (NME). She collaborates closely with Michael Fullan and his New Pedagogies for Deep Learning team. She serves as a member of the MindUP Scientific Advisory Board and as a MindUp for Families advisor. Dr. Clinton was a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy and has been a Zero to Three Academy Fellow since 2013.
For over 35 years, Dr. Clinton has been a consultant to children and youth mental health programs, child welfare, and primary care. She has a keen interest in brain development and the crucial role that relationships, belonging, and connectedness play.

Dr. Clinton believes that a system of compassionate system awareness leadership, competency-based, deep learning, and relationally focused education for children and young people is the path to a better and sustainable world. She advocates for a learning system that is good for learning and good for life. Dr. Clinton has authored her first book, Love Builds Brains.

Noa Daniel

Noa Daniel

Noa Daniel MEd, is a part time elementary classroom teacher outside Toronto, Canada. She is also an educational consultant, speaker, podcaster, and children’s book author. Noa is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Mentoree, a mentorship community for educators. She is also a TEDx and keynote speaker. Noa hosts a live panel show for educators on Mondays throughout the school year called OnEdMentors on voicEd Radio. Noa is a board member of Learning Forward Ontario. She strives to contribute to meaningful professional learning opportunities for educators at every stage of their career. Noa creates personalizing projects and initiatives for schools, boards, and communities. Her work amplifies voice and propels engagement for learners of all ages. She is always building outside the blocks. 

Marie Edwards

Marie Edwards

Marie is a career educator who brings more than 30 years of teaching and leadership experience from Australia and Canada to her work. Currently an assistant professor at Acadia University, Marie works with pre-service teachers teaching classroom management, healthy learning environments, and principles and practices of education courses. Her research investigates teacher stress and well-being using a Self-Reg lens. As a passionate Self-Regger, Marie facilitates, mentors, and presents for The MEHRIT Centre and is always looking for opportunities to apply Self-Reg in her personal and professional life.

Rodney Glasgow

Rodney Glasgow

Dr. Rodney Glasgow is an innovative educational leader, published author, renowned keynote speaker, diversity practitioner, and current Head of School at Sandy Spring Friends School, a progressive, coed, college preparatory Quaker school serving students in preschool (age 3) through 12th grade. Rodney joined SSFS as the School’s eighth Head of School in July 2020 after nearly 20 years of experience in progressive and independent school settings as a seasoned educator and senior administrator.

Rodney is an independent school alumnus himself, a graduate of Gilman School in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. With a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and African American studies from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia University’s Klingenstein Center, and a Doctorate of Education degree from The George Washington University, Rodney has held classroom, boardroom, and administrative leadership positions at several nationally­ recognized independent schools. Rodney is both a natural teacher and a lifelong learner. Rodney strives to better understand and transform learning spaces by facilitating meaningful interactions and reflections among faculty and students that expand their possibilities for growth, change, and fulfillment of purpose.

Along with his teaching and administrative experience in the independent school world, Rodney is well-known as a diversity advocate and facilitator who believes deeply in fostering a sense of belonging as a tool for nurturing brave and just spaces. He is founder and Chair of the National Diversity Practitioners Institute for educators and administrators, as well as the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference, which is attended each year by over 1800 high school students nationwide. Rodney is also President and Principal Consultant of the Glasgow Group, LLC, which works with schools, individuals, and organizations to create and promote equitable and just practices that harness the power of diversity and inclusivity. The recipient of the People of Courage Award from the City of Worcester and a featured writer in “One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out About What’s Gotten Better … and What Hasn’t.”

Rodney is passionate about encouraging students to find and express the fullness of their identities, and providing transformative educational environments that allow students and teachers to lead and learn together.

Joel Gunzburg

Joel Gunzburg

Joel Gunzburg is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that has been working in independent and public schools for over 20 years. He is currently the Assistant Head of Lower School at Sandy Spring. Friends School. Before he accepted this administrative role, Joel was the counselor Lower School Counselor at Sandy Spring for four years. Joel has spent the better part of his career designing, implementing, and teaching social emotional learning for Pre-K through 12th grade.

Joel also has a private group therapy practice in Bethesda, MD, where he and his team have been providing a variety of services for children, adolescents, young adults, and families to reach optimal quality of life since 2007. Joel and his team also provide a number of different SEL workshops for students and professional development opportunities for school faculty and staff.

Sandy Haliburton

Sandy Haliburton

Sandy retired this past year as a secondary school principal however continues to cover schools when administrators are absent. She facilitates leadership courses for Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) for aspiring leaders and is also an elearning facilitator for The MEHRIT Centre. Sandy infuses self-regulation in both her professional and personal life in supporting students, staff, friends, and family members. She fills her cup through activities including cross-country skiing, biking, yoga, racquet sports and being with family and friends. She is especially proud of the recent addition to her family- a new granddaughter. Sandy says “if I knew they were so much fun, I would have had them first!

Paula Jurczak

Paula Jurczak

Paula Jurczak is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Supervisor, Registered Social Worker, DIR Clinician and Training Leader and Self-Regulation Consultant in BC. She specializes in assessment, therapy and support of infants, children and adolescents with complex mental health issues, specialized medical conditions and special needs. Paula holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor’s in Social Work. She maintains a private practice using DIR and Self-regulation models to support individuals experiencing attachment and regulatory challenges, behavioural and emotional difficulties, neurodivergent challenges and complex mental health issues. Paula uses a strength-based, family-centered multidisciplinary approach in her practice, and her work is informed by current research and evidence-based intervention.  Additionally, Paula provides clinical supervision to organizations and counselors seeking to enrich their own practices. As the Dean of eLearning for The MEHRIT Centre (TMC), she works collaboratively to support self-regulation in schools, organizations, health and social service agencies across Canada. Paula also presents internationally and provides psychoeducational workshops, reflective parent coaching, online support services and support groups and consultation to hospitals, mental health clinics, preschools, and schools.

Cathy Lethbridge

Cathy Lethbridge

Cathy has been an educator for 39 years with the Simcoe County DSB, the past 20 years as a principal. Cathy fell in love with the Self-Reg framework at the original SRSS in 2015 and has been attending this amazing gathering ever since. She started applying the Self-Reg framework in her school at that time and then had the opportunity to work centrally at her school board where her work focused on staff and parent well-being through Self-Reg. Cathy knows that Self-Reg practices enhance staff, student and parent/caregiver well-being and contribute to student achievement by providing students with healthy co-regulators who help them to be ready to learn. She actively applies Shanker Self-Reg in both her personal and professional life and believes in the power of Self-Reg to change trajectories no matter a person’s age or stage in life. In January 2022, her first grandchild was born and she enjoys co-regulating with Nova as she grows and explores the world. Cathy is so grateful for all the amazing people she has met through The MEHRIT Centre and all that she has learned along the way.

Meridith Lovell-Johnston

Meridith Lovell-Johnston

Meridith Lovell-Johnston is an Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Education in Lakehead University. Meridith graduated with a PhD in Education from the University of Alberta in 2014 with a focus in Language and Literacy Development. Her research areas include reading pedagogy and assessment and the integration of technology into teaching. Meridith’s current research projects include a SSHRC-funded Partnership Development Grant with Sonia Mastrangelo examining self-regulation and literacy development in Indigenous communities, as well as a SSHRC-funded Insight Development Grant examining online learning for post-secondary students.

Sonia Mastrangelo

Sonia Mastrangelo

Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo ( is an Associate Professor and School Board Liaison in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead (Orillia). She is the Director of Research for the newly formed Applied Self-Regulation Knowledge Network and is the chief editor of the International Journal of Holistic Early Learning and Development. Her areas of research include: self-regulation, special and inclusive education with a focus on autism spectrum disorders, and cognitive-developmental systems theory. She has recently produced a video-based course on self-regulation with her colleague and mentor, Dr. Stuart Shanker which is specifically created for university students who are facing a slew of mental health challenges. With a return to on-campus activities and face-to-face classes, Dr. Mastrangelo recognized the need to organize a conference to address the wide array of challenges being experienced by young adults as a result of two years of isolation and with the support of a SSHRC Connection Grant hosted the first ASK conference at Lakehead Orillia in May 2023.

Vicki Parnell

Vicki Parnell

Vicki is the administrator of the Self-Reg Parenting group on Facebook. She is a PhD student in Developmental Psychology at Simon Fraser University and works as a developmental autism consultant, offering neurodiversity-affirming parent support and personalized intervention for families throughout British Columbia.

Melissa Pinnell

Melissa Pinnell

Melissa has been working as a teacher with exceptional students since 2007. She has worked with kids ranging in age from 5 months to 20 years old in both school and home settings. She has specialists in Special Education, Reading, and Deaf Education. Melissa continues to be amazed by the variety of situations in which Self-Reg can play a critical role both in and out of the school. She believes that Self-Reg can be the missing piece to help us combine scientific research and the ongoing question of why and why now. Since first attending SRSS 2017 Melissa has completed Self-Reg Foundations, Facilitators and Early Childhood Development courses. What helps Melissa stay calm and alert: hiking, Pilates, baking for others, singing along with the radio and time with family and friends.

Terri Rubinoff

Teri Rubinoff

Teri Rubinoff, PhD, is the Programming and Research Coordinator at The Mentoree, a Course Facilitator at The MEHRIT Centre, an AQ Course Instructor and Developer at Queen’s University, and a Contract Lecturer at Lakehead University. She has also held a variety of roles in K-12 education including Special Education Consultant and Early Years Consultant in a publicly-funded school district in Ontario, Canada. She earned her PhD in Education at York University in Toronto where her research focused on teacher education, inclusive education, and disability studies. Her ongoing academic interests include teacher mentorship, play-based kindergarten, and self-regulation. The common theme in all Teri’s work is supporting the ongoing learning of novice and experienced educators through co-regulating relationships.

Gavin Shields

Gavin Shields

Gavin Shields is of Irish-Slovenian descent. He has years of community-based research experience across Northwestern Ontario and holds degrees in Indigenous Learning & Philosophy and a Masters of Education for Change.

Kim Smith

Kim Smith

Kim is a recently retired principal, still working in schools on a regular basis. She also is a professor and field supervisor at Niagara University, Ontario, in the Education Department and an elearning facilitator for The MEHRIT Centre. Self-Reg is embedded into all areas of Kim’s work and has had a positive impact both personally and professionally. Kim’s favourite restorative activities are reading, pickleball and spending time with friends and family, including her beautiful aussie-doodle, Penny.

Brenda Smith-Chant

Brenda Smith

Brenda Smith, PhD, MA, – has been involved with Shanker Self Reg since the earliest stages to develop The MEHRIT Centre.

She is currently an award-winning associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Education at Trent University where she incorporates Self-Reg principles into her university courses and conducts research on Self-Reg and academic performance, including academic procrastination and exam performance. She has conducted extensive research in areas to support recreation, parenting, early childhood, and public health policies in urban, rural, and indigenous communities.

She is a grandmother of six and a mom, step-mom, and foster-parent to many (now adult) children. She lives on a property in the Ganaraska Forest where she is building a chicken coop and trying to keep the otters from eating everything in her pond.

Lyndsey Taylor

Lynsey Taylor

Lynsey has over 14 years of experience as an elementary teacher in various settings. She is passionate about ensuring that all students experience learning communities where they can thrive and belong. In December 2023, Lynsey completed her MEd in Inclusive Education from Acadia University. She teaches as a Learning Support Teacher with the AVRCE in Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia.




Join us in person at Trent University July 2-5, 2024. Lunch included.



Join us in person at Trent University July 2-5, 2024 & stay in dorm-style accommodations. Breakfast, lunch & room included.

Note: Dinner will not be provided, but local delivery & restaurants are available.



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