As a PCI ® Certified Parent Coach and professional educator, Georgia DeClark has over 30 years of experience working with children and supporting their parents through the challenges and joys of their lives. As a mother of three grown children, she also has a deep understanding of the demands, struggles and rewards that come from day-to-day parenting and how those challenges evolve over time as our children grow and move toward becoming their true selves.
Georgia began her career as a first grade teacher after earning a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Western Illinois University, graduating with dual teaching certificates in elementary and early childhood education. She also has a M.S. degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois-Chicago. After conducting two years of research in her first grade classroom, Georgia co-authored an internationally recognized book on the construction of children’s mathematical knowledge. After teaching in the suburban public school system and a brief hiatus to raise her young children, she went on to teach four year-olds and kindergarten children in a private preschool where you can still find her most days with glue on her hands and a smile on her face.
After years of conducting parenting classes and facilitating workshops, Georgia’s passion for partnering with parents led her to obtain her PCI Parent Coach Certification ® from the Parent Coaching Institute in affiliation with Seattle Pacific University. This program is the only graduate level training program in the United States that offers certification in parent coaching, as well as the only program associated with an accredited university.
Georgia has given numerous presentations and workshops on a wide of variety of parenting and early childhood topics. She has presented her research at a NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) conference and has served as adjunct facility at the Erikson Institute.
Having raised her three children, Georgia lives in the suburbs of Chicago.
"Parenting is the most important job we will ever do, and the one for which we are the least trained."