The Peace of Mind Team

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, U.S. Policy, Advocacy, and Communications
Principal, Horace Mann Elementary School
Advisory Board Member, Principals’ Center at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and National Network of Schools Partnership

Communications Intern:  Feiras Rahman

Graphic Design:  Jodi Ferrier at Schwa Design

Website:  Niki Van of Van-Studios