Peace of Mind is a mission-driven, socially responsible organization (501c3 pending).  We are passionate about bringing mindfulness-based social and emotional learning 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, diverse and multi-talented Board of Directors 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

Founder, Teacher, Curriculum Author, Children’s Book Author, Advocate
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Executive Director
Director of Early Childhood Programs, Peace Teacher, Counselor, Author, Advocate

Board of Directors

Strategic Advisor, Executive Director MonkeyMinds DK
Janine Rudder
Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education
Jackie Snowden
Assistant Principal (retired), Lafayette Elementary School
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Senior Communications Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Principal, Horace Mann Elementary School
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Darrel Jodrey
Executive Director, Federal Affairs, Johnson & Johnson

We couldn’t do it without you…

Advisor: Avideh Shashaani, Fund for the Future of Our Children

Communications InternFeiras Rahman

Graphic Design:  Jodi Ferrier,  Schwa Design

Website:  Niki Van,  Van-Studios