Kimberly Aultman 

Early Childhood Education Specialist
Positive Behavior Support Consultant

I have been teaching young children and training Early Childhood Education teachers for more than 20 years in the private and public sector. Throughout my years of experience in the classroom, I have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and techniques that I use to assist children and teachers in the classroom. I am a Community Trainer on the Oregon Registry: Pathways for Professional Recognition in Childhood Care and Education and have extensive training in Positive Behavior Support (PBS) for preschoolers. As a former employee of Head Start, I facilitated implementation of a Positive Behavior Support training program for more than 200 preschool teachers and established PBS in thirteen preschool classrooms in Marion and Polk counties. I am currently a private consultant in Early Childhood Education and Positive Behavior Support.

My philosophy on teaching is simple: Observe. Listen. Reflect. Take Action. Repeat.

Over the course of my years in the classroom, I have noticed that many educators working with young children (ages birth through 5 years old) quickly jump to "Take Action" before observing what children are doing, listening to what children's verbal and nonverbal communication is telling us, then reflecting on that information to determine what action is most applicable for the situation. The reverse order of these actions often lead to misinterpretation of children's needs and contribute to an alarming number of behavioral issues in the classroom. Granted, not all classroom issues are resolved by this simple philosophy. As educators are presented with larger class sizes, less training away from the classroom, under-staffing, and an increase in students with behavioral and/or developmental issues, there is an immense need for teacher training in classroom management, Positive Behavior Support, and recognizing what is "typical" development and which concerns constitute review for additional support and services (such as speech/language pathology, accommodation for disabilities, mental health evaluations, etc...). With the proper "tools" and attitude, every teacher has to ability to succeed in even the most challenging classroom situations. It is my mission to help teachers and young children succeed in the classroom and change the world, one child at a time.