Andy's been teaching and working with kids, families, and schools for over 30 years. One thing he's learned is that there’s great hope for adults AND kids when we set firm, loving limits and give our kids as much freedom as possible. It is my greatest honor to share classes, talks, ongoing workshops, and trainings with anyone and everyone who works with kids.

Beyond any skills or ideas, Andy emphasizes that your child is exactly the person s/he is meant to be. Our culture tricks us into thinking we can or should parent or teach our kids into the people they have to be to find success. Every class session and presentation starts from the basic truth that adults have only to love our kids unconditionally—which includes reasonable limits—and the rest is up to them to figure out. Yes, that can be scary!

These practical skills were developed and now shared out of sheer necessity.  This is the gift of desperation! Stepping into a public school classroom as a young teacher in the 1990s, it became very clear that the examples and techniques used by adults in his own childhood of the 70s & 80s were no longer state-of-the-art nor culturally relevant to students.

From this necessity has grown a unique, practical, and humorous perspective that equips adults with the skills and understanding they need to give all kids their very best shot at success in the real world.

Andy Johnsrud

Teacher, Trainer, Speaker


This is the best training I’ve been to in my 30 years as a childcare professional—your presentation gives skills that work with real kids!

This spring I had decided that I was done teaching. Thank you for making today’s class so exceptional–I’m filled with new energy and am looking forward to the start of school this Fall!

This is the first training that applies to all ages, all stages of development.

The best training I’ve had in years–thank you!

Thank you! You were hilarious! Totally cracked me up! Great class!!

Families First of MN Childcare Trainings “a commitment and passion to the promotion of quality child care.”

Early Childhood Special Ed Early Interventions Workshops “energy and enthusiasm was contagious, especially with such a diverse audience of parents, child care providers, health and human service professionals and other early childhood educators.”

Large School District Transportation Staff Workshops “a gift of being able to share personal experiences as well as classroom experiences throughout … keeping [the] presentation real, relevant and interesting.”

Childcare Center Staff & Parent Trainings Series “works tirelessly to inspire his attendees to try new skills.”

Ogichi Daa Kwe Girls Outdoor Adventure & Tripping Camp Staff “both humorous and willing to be vulnerable.”

Charter School Behavior Philosophy & Ongoing Staff Development “staff felt confident about addressing behavior…[s]tudents understood they would be held accountable but also knew that we cared.”

Warriors is Honored to Have Worked With:
Bluestem Center for Child and Family Development
Families First of MN
ThinkSmall | Leaders in Early Learning
Camping & Education Foundation, Camp Ogichi Daa Kwe
New Horizon Academy of MN
Civic League Nursery School
Choice Tech Academy
MN Regional Low Incidence Projects, Region 10
Primrose School of Rochester
Southeast Service Cooperative of Minnesota
ELCA Schools and Learning Centers Annual Conference, Region 3
MN TRECC | Minnesota Tribal Resources for Early Childhood Care
Sunshine Montessori, Minneapolis
Chatfield Elementary School
Meadow Spring Church Parent Group
Rochester Public Schools
Aldrich Memorial Nursery School
Rushford-Peterson Public Schools
Gather and Grow Annual Conference
Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children
Meadow Park Preschool and Child Care Center
Fatherhood Project of Olmsted County
Jeremiah Program
Lakes Country Service Cooperative
Heritage Montessori School
Pine Island Public Schools & Community Education
Minnesota School Age Care Association
Child Care Professional Institute Conference
Scott County Family Child Care Association
Dakota County Family Child Care Association
Just Like Home SACC
Byron Public Schools & Community Education
Stewartville Public Schools & Community Education
Zumbrota-Mazeppa ECFE & Community Education
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Public Schools