Peace of Mind is a mission-driven, socially responsible 501(c)(3) organization. We are passionate about providing mindfulness-based social and emotional learning resources to elementary school teachers and students, helping schools become more positive and inclusive places in which children thrive.   Peace of Mind is supported by an active, multi-talented Board of Directors, and Advisory Board, and a dedicated staff.

Peace of Mind arises out of the work of teacher and curriculum author Linda Ryden.  Linda began teaching her “Peace Class” at a public school in Washington DC in 2003, focusing on social and emotional learning and conflict resolution lessons.  Her young students grasped the lessons intellectually; however, when children found themselves in challenging situations on the playground, at recess, or in their classrooms, they were unable to access what they had learned, overtaken by challenging emotions… read more

The Peace of Mind Team

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Founder and co-director, Peace Teacher, Curriculum and Children’s Book Author, Board Member
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Executive Director,  Curriculum Co-Author
Consultant on Early Childhood Programs, Training and Resources

Board of Directors

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Research Scientist (retired)
Scientific Program Manager, Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, National Institutes of Health
Jackie Snowden
Assistant Principal (retired), Lafayette Elementary School
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Executive Director, Federal Affairs, Johnson & Johnson
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Senior Communications Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Principal, Horace Mann Elementary School

Founder Linda Ryden is also a member of the Board of Directors.


Avideh Larger
Poet and President, Fund for the Future of Our Children
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Non-profit consultant and former President and CEO of the NEA Foundation
Administrative Director, TryghedsGruppen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Coach and Co-Owner, Manifestara
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Mindfulness Teacher, Circle Facilitator,
Restorative Justice Educator at American University
and Walk the Middle Way

We couldn’t do it without you…

Tilbury House Publishers: The wonderful publisher of our Peace of Mind Storybook Series “Henry and Friends”, including Henry is Kind, Sergio Sees the Good, and Tyaja uses the Think

Parent Advisory Team: Subrat Biswal, Stefanie Wallach and friends

Parent and Family Resource Development: Julia Tessler

Media and Communications:  Britt Jacovich, Communications Assistant

American Univeristy students in Professor Gemma Puglisi’s Public Relations Portfolio Class Fall 2019

Curriculum and Graphic Design:  Jodi Ferrier,  Schwa Design

Website:  Niki Van,  Van-Studios

Fabulous former PoM Interns: Madeleine Sagebiel, Nora Jodrey, Feiras Rahman, Sophie Hoyt, Meredith Donnelly, Eli Blackwell