Chris L. Daikos MiT, MEd, EdS.
Christopher Daikos is an experienced educational & psychological consultant, school administrator, special education teacher and school psychologist.
In the 1970’s & 80’s Christopher struggled significantly as a student. He had a speech impediment, was medicated for ADHD and was identified with a reading disorder, dyslexia. Raised in a physically and psychologically abusive household, Christopher would often use behaviors modeled at home to avoid academic tasks he perceived as unachievable at school. Years later, after serving in the Army, Christopher was referred to counseling through the VA where he learned mental health skills, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT,) and gained new perspective on the function of behavior and emotions. These skills helped Christopher return to college and complete his undergraduate degree and too many graduate degrees.
Courtney Vollan Daikos MEd
Courtney Daikos is an educational leader with over 25 years of public school leadership experience as classroom teacher, instructional coach, K-12 administrator and as a consultant. She served as an elementary interventionist in Chicago Public Schools and an instructional literacy coach in Seattle Public Schools. In Highline Public Schools Courtney served as a K-12 Assistant Director, High School Assistant Principal and Elementary Principal. Courtney's leadership fostered significant improvement for student learning in ELA, language acquisition, STEM, social science, emotional and behavioral learning in the schools and systems she served.
Brianne Rokey EdS
Brianne Rokey is a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington. She is a certified International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) Trainer, and a Breathe for Change Social-Emotional Learning Facilitator (SEL*F) and Yoga Instructor (CYT 200). Her passions lie in school-based mental health, behavioral intervention design and implementation, restorative practices, and special education advocacy.
Heather Wixom-Sweeney has been with Continua for five years and in that time has supported school districts in multiple states with establishing foundational practices for MTSS. Her support focuses on collaborative practices, data infrastructure, and aligning adult practice around trauma informed understanding.
Since 2011, Tovah Denaro has provided specialized educational and behavioral services to youth, ranging K-12. Tovah served as a special education teacher in Seattle Public Schools, a behavior specialist and curriculum developer in Las Vegas, and a district behavior specialist and PBIS Coach for Federal Way Public Schools. Tovah found her passion developing relationships, building wraparound supports, and educating youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities (EBD) within a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework. From her experiences in the classroom and developing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum in a variety of school districts, Tovah focused on changing and growing school climate and culture to aid in the support for all students and staff, through Positive Behavior Interventions and Systems (PBIS).
James Miles is excited to have joined the Continua Consulting team in 2020 after moving to Seattle in 2016 from New York City, where he worked as an educator in the NYC public school system for almost 20 years. Currently the Executive Director of Mentor Washington, Miles was previously the Executive Director of Seattle based Arts Corps. Originally from Chicago, Miles has worked internationally as an artist and educator, who was inspired to foment change after seeing so many children that looked like him, get disregarded and treated like criminals by our educational systems. His acclaimed TedX Talk focuses on his mission to narrow achievement gaps using the arts as a tool to navigate inequitable educational systems. Miles is a Mayoral Appointee to the Seattle Arts Commission, and on the advisory board of SXSW EDU.
Jordan Thayer, PhD
Dr. Jordan Thayer believes in the transformative power of education for kids, and that education itself needs to transform. Steeped in human psychology, Jordan believes that for an evolution in education to occur, challenging our ingrained beliefs and behavior patterns will be essential. First as a teacher and now as a Licensed Psychologist, Jordan has encouraged children, families, and educators to notice and challenge these patterns by taking risks and experimenting with life. Jordan’s efforts have helped children overcome crippling anxiety and depression via clinical and private practice. Additionally, Jordan has: established and directed school-based mental health clinics; supported schools’ adoption of community school models and trauma-informed systems of support; partnered with multiple education and healthcare institutions to implement and study evidence-based, culturally-responsive practices in schools; and most recently, alongside partners at SAMHSA, NatureBridge, UNMC, and the Mid-America MHTTC , Jordan helped spearhead national efforts to redefine school systems that promote well-being. In his current capacity, Jordan operates a private practice where he provides specialized support to teenagers, adults, and education professionals. Jordan co-founded Benessere Consulting Group and Thayer Organizational & Psychological Services, two consultancies that work in collaboration with Continua Consulting Group. Driven by his expertise in psychology, education, and consultation, Jordan is determined to create a future where well-being is universally recognized and prioritized.