About Us

Juarline Stavrinos and Margarita Daskalakis co-founded High Functioning Family, a coaching company whose mission is to support families, educators and communities.  They are award-winning coaches in Parent, Health and Lifestyle.  They also provide educational workshops to schools and businesses. Their workshops have been featured in Newsday and have supported the lives of many. Together, their expertise in behavior management, health & wellness, parenting, early education, and special education help them to support others to go from just surviving to thriving.  They give tools to create the changes you wish to see by enhancing what is working and developing personalized strategies to turn challenges into successes.



“Having children allows us to connect with the families on a personal level.  We not only speak it, we live it.“


Margarita Daskalakis & Juarline Stavrinos

  • How long have you been doing what you do and how did you get to be a Parenting and Lifestyle Coach?  Our journey started over 19 years ago when we were teaching in our special education classroom prior to becoming parents ourselves.   With our strong educational and behavioral background, we always thought how easy it was for us to manage our classroom.  We would often hear complaints from parents on how challenging it was to get their children to listen at home.  A few years later we each began to have our own children.  We quickly realized what those parents were talking about. As we were both dealing with the many struggles within our own family, we were very thankful for our teaching backgrounds. But we found it wasn’t enough.  We were tired of feeling alone, frustrated and lost and went back to school to become certified Parent, Health and Life coaches.  We began to see the positive changes not only in our lives but in the lives of our families.  During this part of our journey, we would encounter other parents at playgroups and mommy and me classes who would always ask for parenting advice.  The next class they would come up to us saying how happy they were with the results.  We realized there was a great need for our service. This is what had us create High Functioning Family. We also wanted to bring it full circle and went back into schools to teach workshops to our fellow educators on various topics. We wanted to help families and educators to get the awareness to create calm and peace in their home and classrooms.


  • Who are your clients exactly? We work with parents and educators who love and are passionate about their kids, however they are facing unexpected challenges and are unsure of what steps to take to get to where they want to be. They are open and motivated to implement new ideas.  They know when they need help and are open to getting it.  They are willing to do whatever it takes to bring themselves and their children to a better place emotionally and physically.


  • How are you different from other Parent/Life coaches? We ONLY work with parent and educators who have children who struggle with behavioral and emotional challenges and would like to have more patience and peace.  What separates our service from others, as many clients have shared, is that we are down to earth and very approachable.  We offer real world advice and guidance that is easy to implement.  Because of our own experience as parents and educators, we relate and connect to our clients on a personal level.  Our expertise in education, parenting, and health gives us the ability to understand the challenges and the unique strategies to rise above them.          




77 Jericho Turnpike

Mineola, NY

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“High Functioning Family has proven to be a wonderful resource for families and our school!  Margarita Daskalakis and Juarline Stavrinos are easy to speak to and very personable.  They are extremely informative and well versed in Early Childhood.  High Functioning family hosted workshops at the Growing Tree that provided strategies and tips for everyday frustrating situations that occur with our children.  Parents were able to open up and share their own stories.  It was an enriching learning experience!”

Dawn Friedman, Managing Director Growing Tree

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Helping families and educators gain the awareness and tools needed to create calm and peace in their homes and classrooms.