AJ Long has been teaching for over 20 years and has lead a Lower and Middle School for the last 7 years. Currently, as a Positive Learning Specialist with Mindful SEAD, she shares her passion for working with educators to help them see who they are at their core to better serve their students.
Balbine calls herself a citizen of the world, and is fluent in a few world languages. Balbine is the World Languages Chair and Spanish Instructor, at Reed High school. She is currently A.B.D. in Spanish Philology (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain), holds a a Masters in Spanish Language (Université de Toulouse Le Mirail, France), a Masters in Education (University of Nevada, Reno), and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (Université de Yaounde, Cameroon).
Allison's positive and whole-student approach to teaching allows her students to demonstrate growth as human beings. She believes when you address the social emotional needs of students by strengthening connections with them, their success follows naturally.
Eddie is an assistant principal at Traner Middle School and handles school-wide discipline, among other responsibilities. He has seen firsthand the benefits of implementing meaningful positive behavioral intervention supports, as well as social emotional tenets. Eddie believes in the power of teaching students the concepts of empathy and emotional control in pursuit of increased student achievement.
Shelby is a traditionally trained nurse with a passion for the road less traveled. She is intrigued with the effect our thinking mind has on our health and how perspective leads to life satisfaction. Her dedication to being the best version of herself has lead her to be sculpted most notably by certifications in Positive Psychology, Neuro Linguistics Programing (NLP), and Integral Facilitation.
Jessie Kolz has been a school counselor for over 6 years where Social Emotional Learning has been a part of her daily life. Jessie founded the nonprofit Mindful Health Initiative to integrate more mindful awareness and physical activity into the lives of at-risk youth in the Reno/Tahoe community.