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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

Board of Directors

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Research Scientist (retired)
Scientific Program Manager, Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, National Institutes of Health
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Executive Director, Federal Affairs, Johnson & Johnson
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Deputy Director, US Communications, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Founder and co-director, Peace Teacher, Curriculum and Children’s Book Author, Board Member
Principal, Horace Mann Elementary School

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


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
Jackie Snowden
Assistant Principal (retired), Lafayette Elementary School
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Mindfulness Teacher, Circle Facilitator,
Restorative Justice Educator at American University
and Walk the Middle Way
Consultant on Early Childhood Programs, Training and Resources
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Peace educator and mindfulness and cross-cultural facilitator

Partners and Interns

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

Curriculum and Graphic Design               Jodi Ferrier,  Schwa Design

      Gigi Gonyea, Storybook Illustrator

Media and Communications                     Libby Collett,  LibCo Creative

Videography                                                      Leslie Jean, LNJ Designs Photo

Translation                                                         Lauren Beversdorf, Patricia Frechin, Ezequiel Gomes

Website                                                               Niki Van,  Van-Studios

Bookkeeping                                                    Tena Howell, Lillyth Keeping

PoM Communications Associate Internship

2020-2021: Emma Majury

2019-2020:  Madeleine Sagebiel, Anthony Mensah, Britt Jacovich and the American University students in Professor Gemma Puglisi’s Public Relations Portfolio Class Fall 2019

2018-2019:  Eli Blackwell, Nora Jodrey, Feiras Rahman

2017-2018:  Meredith Donnelly, Sophie Hoyt

Our intern Anthony Mensah on Mindfulness and his Peace of Mind Experience