"A Remarkable Experience"
Having worked with Anastasia on several occasions and in many different capacities, it is clear that she was born to help guide people and assist them in achieving their own true potential. Her ideas, experience, and skills launch significant transformations. She knows how to empower you to become a better educator and purposeful person! Working with Anastasia is always a remarkable experience. Every conversation or interaction leaves you inspired and motivated to do more and be more! I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her. Anastasia is an incredible person to know if you want to make positive change in your life!
Teacher of Children with Special Needs
Anastasia is a giver of solutions, teaches us to fish and gives us a fish at the same time. She inspires to make you think about your answer, your plan and your solution. Helicopter parenting becomes less hovering, free-range parenting brings the target closer and you find your way somewhere in between.
Mother of two boys, NYC
"A Significant Journey"
I first met Anastasia Gavalas at a Parent Meeting in 2005. She was the parent who spoke up for what she believed in for all children, not just her own. Anastasia's honesty and integrity were the first things I noticed in her. She has always been one of those people who can see the true souls of children.
Anastasia offered a workshop titled, "The Awakened Parent" a few years ago and I decided to attend one just out of curiosity. I never could have imagined how this workshop would shift me as a mother, but it did just that. It was Anastasia's ability to connect to all of us during that meeting; bringing us together as parents…bringing out of us the core of our journeys and helping to add to our children's journey in this lifetime.
I walked away that night realizing that being a mother was and always will be the most significant journey in this lifetime. Anastasia has the ability to help parents look inside of themselves and see the souls of their children…the truth of their relationships and remain focused on love and life's purpose.
Mother & Teacher
"Straightforward and Simple"
I have had Anastasia do several parenting workshops at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, NY and have always been extremely impressed with her professionalism and ease with parents and children alike. As a parent of five children herself, she is clearly well-equipped to advise others on the topic, but it is her genuine and sincere nature, along with her straightforward and simple advice that can readily be utilized in family interactions that make her contributions to the family department of the library so valuable. Many patrons have asked me to have Anastasia return to give more workshops, which I certainly plan to do!
Head of Children's Services, Hampton Library
The most valuable part of Anastasia's training was that she taught us that students need to be looked at as natural and capable of becoming successful if we believe in them. The "I am from" activity was great and something I will use with my students. She has helped me to become more mindful that all students can become leaders. As educators, we need to point out their strengths and guide them in the right direction. Her enthusiasm and ideals are refreshing. More schools would benefit by adopting her mindset with everything that is going on in today's world.
Father & Guidance Counselor
I am fortunate enough to have had a private session, a few group meetings, and many encounters at school with Anastasia. In each and every situation I have walked away with new and priceless insight into my children and my relationships with them. Most importantly, she has helped me to become more aware as a parent. One of my struggles has been letting go and relaxing - enjoying my children instead of managing them. She really helped me to see that we don't need more discipline, we needed more FUN! My family and I thank you.
Mother of two, Southampton, NY
"Children as Leaders"
Anastasia's Leadership Video was so powerful. We can learn so much from children if only… we stop and listen. As she so movingly presented, educators need to be in tune with the social-emotional aspect of teaching and learning so children can learn so much more. I thank her for an excellent presentation in engaging us emotionally yet practically.
Director NYC Schools
"Pass It On"
Anastasia… I love all of her ideas! She made me realize that we need to help and encourage parents to believe in themselves first. Only then, can they give power to their children. I feel empowered to continue helping girls to love themselves and build on their morals and integrity because of her. She encouraged me to share the message of hope with my colleagues.
Teacher & Mother
I was inspired by the words and thoughts of Anastasia's workshop. She has such a dynamic and inspirational manner in the way she teaches. It makes me want to become a better teacher and person. Sharing what I have learned with my students can only make my job better.
Mother, Manhasset, NY
When I first met Anastasia I only knew her as a devoted mother and active member in our community. After I had my own children I began to understand and appreciate the amazing resource she is. When I was overwhelmed as a first time mother of twins, Anastasia lovingly and compassionately spoke with me about nursing my children, sleep patterns, and about how to take care of ME. As my children got older and their brother was born, Anastasia guided me through the education process. Helping me navigate the strange world of nursery and preschool, she gave me the tools I needed to help my son with his unique learning style. Her patience with my son and with me is something I will always be so thankful for. Anastasia encourages ALL parents to love that special and unique part of all of our children- even if it's the part that drives us a little crazy.
Mother of three, Southampton NY