Cordelia Addison is a Nonviolent Communication certified trainer and mediator. She is the founder of Democratic School Amsterdam, an alternative private school for primary and secondary education. She has been a staff member, board member and teacher at the school since 2015. Before teaching in school, she provided English language training in businesses for 20 years in the Netherlands. Her passion for bringing Nonviolent Communication into education led her to founding the school and to becoming a certified trainer. She now shares her knowledge and skills with schools throughout the Netherlands and elsewhere, supporting students, teachers and administrators to learn concrete tools for increasing understanding and compassion, preventing bullying and creating harmony in the school environment. Besides being a school founder and teacher, she is also a mother with two sons and two stepsons, all now adults.
Languages: English, Dutch, French
It felt like Cordelia was always very alert at signals from us, also the more subtle ones. I felt a lot of trust in her capability of dealing with the situations that came up in the team, also when the atmosphere became intense. Cordelia let us feel she trusted the process so we could relax in it.
I loved every bit of the course, from practicing to emotional hygiene, and the appreciation round was really something we needed as a team after two years of hardship and periods of seeming division.