Patti Carter ~ 12 months - 36 months


​An Arizona, native Patti has bachelor's degree in Education, a Master's degree in Counseling, a law degree and a professional certificate in Nonprofit Management.  Over the past thirty years, Patti has taught for a variety of programs, working with toddlers through adults.  She conducts workshops for students, parents and professionals on child development, parenting and family relationships.  She also works as a nonprofit consultant, specializing in program development and fundraising.  In her free time, Patti is very involved in animal rescue and fosters/adopts our dogs and cats.  She also like to squeeze in a yoga class or read a good book!  Patti has 3 adult children:  Leah 29, Mark 27 and Steven 25.


Tibby Cornelius – 7 years & up


Tibby Cornelius is CEO (Coordinator of Exciting Optimism) of Jest in Time. She founded Jest in Time 20 years ago to teach and motivate others to invite more laughter, humor and play into their lives. Tibby has a B.A. in psychology from Westmont College, and a Master of Counseling Degree from ASU. She also is a Certified Parent Effectiveness Training Instructor, Certified MegaSkills Instructor, Certified Positive Discipline Instructor, Adjunct Faculty of Phoenix College, Faculty of AGTS, Certified Laughter Leader. Tibby has been happily married to her husband, Dennis, for 40 years and has three huge grown sons, three adorable daughters-in-law and six wonderful grandchildren! She has worked with thousands of people nationally teaching them how to live happily ever laughter.

Michelle Cox– 5 years - 7 years

Michelle has been married for 18 years and is the mother of four children. She loves to spend time with her family as they discover new places and explore the outdoors. A student of Love and Logic® since 2003, her greatest education has come through her parenting and life experiences. In the last four years she has transitioned to coaching and teaching parents. Michelle graduated with a BS in Education from Northern Arizona University and maintains a current teaching certificate with the State of Arizona, completed “The Choice in Coaching: Arbinger Mastery Training for Coaches,” is an Independent facilitator of the Love and Logic® Curricula, a graduate of the Coachville School of Coaching, and is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Barb Grady – 3 months - 5 months

Barb Grady loves teaching for SPG and has taught parenting classes for over 21 years. She is a nationally certified counselor and counsels at GateWay Community College in addition to operating her Parenting-Plus business, where she offers parenting classes, individual and relationship consulting and coaching (for both adults and children).  Barb is a certified teacher and taught preschool, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades prior to becoming a parenting instructor.  Barb trains preschool and elementary teachers in emotional intelligence, brain-based learning strategies and classroom management techniques. Barb has two daughters. Jody (29) who is a nurse and has two sons Carter (22 months) and Grady (1 months).  Her daughter Annie (24) is living in Alaska and following her dream of creating a sustainable agriculture community.

Instructor Bios

Monique Nelson RNPre-Birth and Infant


Monique a native Arizonan, received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Arizona State University in biology/ premed. However, she had a slight change in career plans when she met and married her husband of 19 years David. She decided to stay in the valley and went back to school to attain a degree in Nursing and became a registered nurse, with her focus on pediatrics. Monique worked as a pediatric triage/ advice nurse for North Scottsdale Pediatric Associates off and on for 19 years. She teaches not only for Scottsdale Parenting group but North Central Parenting Group as well. She also taught for East Valley Positive Parenting group before the group dissolved. Monique is the proud parent of two children, Taylor age 14 and Dylan age 9.