Yorkshire Academy regularly hosts presentations and seminars of particular interest to parents. Each event in the Parent Education Series is free of charge and open to the community. Reservations are not required, so please check back regularly for schedule updates, and bring a friend!

2016/2017 Speaker Schedule

Parent CPR/First Aid

  • Scott Stice from Caring People Respond 
  • November 11, 2016, at 9:00 A.M.

If a family member, friend, or child in your care had a cardiac or first aid emergency, would you recognize the signs and respond quickly and appropriately? Caring People Respond has developed this training course to teach lifesaving skills. Empower yourself with the knowledge to save a life.

“How Children Succeed” Book Discussion

  • Shirley Swinbank, Yorkshire Executive Director and Founder
  • December 12, 2016, at 9:00 A.M.

How Children Succeed, by Paul Tough, is one of Mrs. Swinbank’s favorite child development books. In addition, Mrs. Swinbank will also share many of her other “must have” books.

Past Presentations

Some of the previous Parent Education Series presentations sponsored by the Yorkshire Foundation have included:


After years of health care experience, Simone Woodage, R.N., began to realize how important it was for preteens and teens to have discussions about health. Ms. Woodage has been leading workshope and seminars for teens and adults since 2005. It is one of her personal goals to help parents have a more compassionate understanding and become more comfortable talking to their kids about puberty and beyond.

Developing a Math Mind at a Young Age

Shelly Chandra has taught math for over 8 years, coached teachers in Chicago and New York, and developed a challenging and unique curriculum at Yorkshire Academy for our 4th and 5th grade students. She shared different strategies and philosophies parents can adopt and incorporate with their children to help encourage a love of math, develop number sense abilities and critical thinkng skills.

Organize or Agonize

Marla Regan of Organized Time is a certified family manager coach and an active member of National Association of Professional Organizers and National Association of Women Business Owners. We learned how to be effective or efficient, setting routines, gathering the right tools for each organizing job.

Authentic Parenting

Parents recognized and explored how their childhood experiences may impact their parenting style. They heard the latest findings in neuropsychology regarding how attachment and interpersonal relationships impact development. And they learned about the bucket filling concept and how to fill their child’s bucket daily. Presented by Dr. Christina Navarro

Meditation—Making Friends with Your Mind

What is meditation? What about mindfulness? How can they make life better for busy modern people? This morning talk answered those questions (they are both about paying attention to your own experience) and touched on the many benefits of meditation, drawing on research from the fields of neuroscience, healthcare, and education. Presented by Claire Villarreal.

Authentic Communication

In 1995 Eleese created Authentic Communication, a unique media-coaching firm in which she applies acting principles and communication skills to help serve the business community. She has become a top Houston media coach working with corporations like Shell, Compaq (HP) and Conoco as well as coaching business and civic leaders such as Houston City Councilman Peter Brown, Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, and Fox TV news anchor, Krystle Kaliszewski. She gave us some great tips on how to connect with our audience in a truly authentic way and have fun and feel confident in the process!

Know a Quirky Child?

Curious if your child is developing age appropriate and peer typical social interaction skills? Know a “quirky” child? Parents joined Wendy Dawson, President of Social Motion Skills to discuss how social skills support inclusion in the community and directly influence independence and happiness. Topics included recognizing peer communication cues (verbal and non-verbal), self awareness and personal management as well as the importance of perspective taking.

Food Allergies—What Every Parent Should Know

Parents learned the basics about food allergies and how to separate fact from fiction. Mike Lade is a frequent public speaker on this topic and has been interviewed by KPRC Local 2, Great Day Houston, Newsweek Magazine, and the Houston Chronicle.

Building Blocks for Learning and Success

Dr. Christina Navarro addressed key elements of neurodevelopmental concepts in childhood which build success and confidence in school and beyond. Parents learned about developmental paridigms, how to utilize proven techniques, and recognize when additional support might be needed.

Rawfully Organic

We learned more about the benefits of choosing organic fruits and vegetables. At the age of 20 before she graduated college, Ms. Carillo-Bucaram started the non-profit organization called Rawfully Organic. This organic produce co-operative in Houston, Texas grew from 12 people in her living room to over 3,000 families in the greater Houston city limits.

Curious About Adoption?

Presented by Dr. Christina Navarro, this workshop identified the various types of adoption, how to use respectful adoption language, as well as explore current issues / trends in adoption.

Healthy Family 101

From Tyler Reimers M.Ed., CSCS and Stephanie Brown M.Ed, RD, LD, we learned which responsibilities are yours as a parent when it comes to food and fitness and what role your child has in designing nourishing fun, and tasty meals and snacks and creating fun interactive physical activity play for the whole family.

Common Nutritional Issues in Pediatric Medicine

This workshop identified several common nutritional issues in children. Dr. Fernando Navarro offered suggestions for parents as to when to seek medical intervention with regard to nutrition and/or pediatric gastroenterology related concerns.