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What People Are Saying

Thriving YOUniversity continues to provide superb training and support for our district. The Triple J team of Joelle, Jessie, and Janeen customize for our context their expertise in social-emotional learning with training, tools and support to meet the needs of our learning community. We couldn’t be more happy to have them as thought partners along this journey of wellness.

– Karen Valdes, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent, Student Services
Hemet Unified School District

I had the pleasure of witnessing Jessie present at our 4th Annual Bullying Prevention Conference. In addition to being extremely engaging and informative, she was also many of our attendees “favorite speaker of the day”. She is so delightful to work with and has also presented for our peer-to-peer program at two local high schools within Riverside, CA. She’s versatile in being able to speak to and catch the attention of her adult audiences all the way to high school teens. Jessie is wonderful and through her presentations I’ve learned so much but, most importantly to keep spreading kindness everywhere!

– Bianca Gonzalez, Bullying Prevention Program Coordinator
Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation/Anti-Bullying Institute

I first witnessed Jessie at a speaking engagement at California Baptist University several years ago and to this day, remember statements that she made in her speech that has changed the way I look at other people in the best way possible.

Our Foundation had the pleasure of having Jessie speak to over 325 attendees at our 4th Annual Bullying Prevention Conference. On most of our surveys, she was listed as the “favorite speaker of the day”. She also led two dynamic speaking engagements at John W. North and Ramona High School directed at hundreds of students as part of our Peer-to-Peer HERO program.

Jessie is extremely energetic and has a way of captivating her audience with a wide range of subjects and her expertise.

I have had the pleasure of listening to many speakers over the years and Jessie is by far, one of my personal favorites. She is inspirational, kind and giving of her time and her smile is just contagious.

– Lynda E Bailey, Executive Director
Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation/Anti-Bullying Institute

Thriving YOUniversity stunned and amazed me last week during my very first interaction with them. Dr. Joelle Hood is an amazing presenter with deep expertise in mindfulness, emotional intelligence, strength-based leadership, trauma-informed practices, community building and many other areas of social-emotional learning. She quickly connected with the audience and earned respect because of her current best-practices and not some old stories of the past. The training inspired me as it brought me to tears (sitting with participants who had never met me) to embrace all the areas in which I need to L.E.A.D.(S) better. Thank you for your moving, heartfelt, educational and professional presentation! The resources freely provided will continue making me a better leader in the future!

– Dr. Marva Jones, Senior Executive Director of the Center for Continuous Improvement
Ohio Department of Education

Dr. Joelle Hood is a phenomenal educator who brings energy and connection as she shares her deep insight relating to social-emotional learning. We have made the overt choice to connect with Joelle and her team at Thriving YOUniversity multiple times each year to bolster our efforts by incorporating mindfulness in our work with kids and each other! Dr. Hood’s workshops have proven to be especially valuable as the Menifee Union School District moves forward in addressing the equity challenges in our growing school district.

– Dr. Steve Kennedy, Superintendent
Menifee Union School District

Dr. Joelle Hood along with her team at Thriving YOUniversity just changed my life forever. The data she presents, as well as the real-life applications, have you looking at the purpose of your life through a critical lens. I was able to take away quick strategies, books, videos and scenarios to quickly apply in my personal and professional life. The energy she brings is infectious and her work will change everyone’s mindset. She is truly a change agent.

– Julieta R. Flowers, School Leader
Achieve Career Preparatory Academy

In early childhood education, a leader’s resilience and social-emotional well-being are absolutely essential for managing a thriving team. Dr. Hood’s presentation at our leadership conferences, Mindful Leadership: Taking Time to B.R.E.A.T.H.E., was just what we were looking for to galvanize our school directors before the fall season. It was important for us to devote time to explore techniques that would make a difference not only at the workplace but in our directors’ personal lives, as well. Our directors came away from the session inspired by Dr. Hood’s contagious positive energy and thoughtful insights. Many have noted that they’re continuing to draw from these lessons in recognizing and tapping their own strengths as they support their teams. Sincere appreciation to the entire team at Thriving YOUniversity.

– Lisa Miskimins, Sr. Vice President of Operations
Learning Care Group

Joelle and the team at Thriving YOUniversity not only have the expertise, experience, and research to back up their leadership in SEL, culture development in teams, and personal development – they LIVE it and Model their practices in a way that proves it works and its worth the work! The workshop Joelle provided to our charter school leaders, faculty, and our authorizer team was life changing! She forever changed how participants will approach empathy and vulnerability in both their work and personal life while strengthening their resiliency and passion.

– Jennifer L. Schorr, MBA, Associate Director-Education Division
Buckeye Community Hope Foundation

Joelle and the Thriving YOUniversity are fantastic! The feedback from participants in Buckeye Community Hope Foundation’s annual All Schools Meeting was very positive — Joelle was a big hit with our school leaders.

– Peggy Young, Director
Education Division Buckeye Community Hope Foundation

After a school shooting on our campus in 2013, our district staff were ragged and struggling to find positivity in our work. Our leadership was frazzled & searching for ways to support our teachers so that they were better able to support our traumatized kids. I met Joelle & the Thriving YOUniversity team at just the right time — first at an MTSS training and then at a conference she presented at. We were able to write SEL into our LCAP & this year began our Pre-service with SEAL. Now we have a team of Internal Champions who are engaged in a training series throughout this year. My participants have said things like, “This is the best training I have participated in through my entire career,” and “This has been so affirming. It has reminded me why I became a teacher in the first place.” I highly recommend Joelle and her team –Janeen and Jessie– as trainers in your district.

– Chelle Koerner
School Social Worker, Roosevelt STAY Opportunities Academy

I am beaming with joy from the Professional Development with Dr. Hood and Thriving YOUniversity on Belonging and Connections. The presentation was intentional, engaging and thought provoking! It was my pleasure to invite you to our school and it makes me smile every time a teacher stops me in the hall to say “Thank you for bringing her out; That presentation was great”. I’m excited to share, we are on our way to get our own ball pit! Stay tuned. Many thanks.

– Melva Mullins, LICSW
School Social Worker, Roosevelt STAY Opportunities Academy

First and foremost, Thriving YOUniversity has helped me in my personal journey to become a healthier and happier human being. I don’t think there is any better testimonial than that. I have participated in face-to-face workshops, online courses and convections through the Thrive Tribe. Every single experience helps to better my understanding of myself and build connections with others in my personal life. My life has truly changed for the better because of Thriving YOUniversity. If that isn’t enough, Thriving YOUniversity has played a tremendous role in enriching my teaching practice. I cannot even count how many ideas, methods and SEL practices I have learned and gained from through Thriving YOUniversity. Not only has my life changed, but every single student I come in contact with is affected in a positive way due to things that I have learned through Thriving YOUniversity. To me, that is priceless.

– Cathy Schmidt
Human Being and Alternative Education Teacher, YCJUSD

Are you looking for a positive shift in climate and culture within your organization? Dr. Joelle Hood and Thriving YOUniversity has a very impressive track record for totally transforming teams. I guarantee they will ignite your organizational atmosphere with positive energy, enthusiasm, optimism, and productivity. The folks at Thriving YOUniversity are committed to the transformation of teams from the inside out. The engaging learning sessions are complete with activities that boost individual well being through introspection and propel participants into becoming an even better version of themselves. I have attended many learning sessions led by Joelle, and as a result, am now involved in championing the work within our school district. Our Climate and Culture Team worked very closely with Joelle to assist us in designing learning sessions tailored to our school district’s specific needs. Joelle is an absolute pleasure to collaborate with and is extremely generous with her time and resources. She is a voracious reader which keeps her informed of the latest research and evidence-based practices; She is truly a human search engine! I highly recommend that you invite Thriving YOUniversity to lead your organization in developing individual and collective capacity.

– Melissa Copland
FUSD, Climate and Culture Specialist, Social Emotional Learning
Department of Prevention and Intervention, Climate and Culture Division

I brought in the Thriving YOUniversity team on to my site for an admin retreat. I wasn’t sure how my team would react to this type of professional development since we had never done anything like it before. The presenters were warm and welcoming and really connected with my staff. At the conclusion of our day, my team were saying things like “that’s something everyone should attend” and “I’ve been waiting to participate in something like this.” The feedback was amazing. The entire Thriving YOUniversity team were very professional and supportive and provided relevant and relatable topics. We are bringing them back for a day two and the whole team is looking forward to it.

– Michele Reid
VUSD, Principal, Visalia Charter Independent Study

Dr. Joelle Hood and the team at Thriving YOUniversity have proven to be key partners for us in nurturing a positive organizational culture and supporting the leadership team in cultivating an optimal workplace environment. Through ongoing workshops and leadership support, our team has designed and implemented strategies to improve employee well-being and maximize our passion and purpose throughout each day. If you are looking to empower the extraordinary within your organization or team, I highly recommend that you consider a strengths-based leadership approach with the compassionate and dedicated staff at Thriving YOUniversity. Becoming better humans, educators, and leaders is the first step in approaching the challenging and meaningful work of improving the lives of those we serve.

– Caryn Lewis
Assistant Superintendent, Monterey County Office of Education

Thriving YOUniversity has been a blessing! The vast amount of resources and access to coaches is phenomenal. The courses offered have not only helped me to become better at my job, but it’s helped my to find myself and be the best version of myself I can be. I would highly recommend any of the courses offered.

– Justin Brooks
KHSD, TOSA, PBIS-MTSS Student Behaviors and Supports

This team is AMAZING! I had the opportunity to collaborate and work side by side with them. They are definitely a dream team! Knowledgeable, passionate, experienced, energetic, dedicated, and humble they are. Truly, a gifted team who will have you feeling totally comfortable and confident during and after working with them.

– Janell Burton
District Resource Counselor-RP/SEL, KHSD

“Dr. Hood and the Thriving YOUniversity team have been an incredible resource for our school district as we continue to not only address S.E.A.L. with our students, but also use strategies to ensure that our leaders are providing support for our staff in a way that honors their emotional and social well-being. It has been a journey of self-discovery and self-reflection for our district, and we can’t wait to continue working with the Thriving YOUniversity team.”

– Dr. Janice Jones
HUSD, Director, English Learners & Categorical Programs

The Terrific Trio at the core of Thriving You have impacted my professional and personal wellness in a number of ways: as a high school teacher, I trained extensively with Joelle. My district brought Social Emotional Learning to the forefront of professional development and, after a one day training in SEL, I went back for a deeper dive into the practices of gratitude, kindness, mindfulness, and creating classroom community. I brought these concepts to my classroom and school site because they not only changed the culture of my school, they changed ME. I got so inspired I became a Teacher on Special Assignment so I could bring these philosophies and strategies to every professional in our district. Now, as a new retiree, I continue to be enriched by the wellness practices of gratitude, kindness and mindfulness that I learned from the Thriving You team.

– Jerri Jameson
Teacher On Special Assignment, KHSD (Retired)

Joelle Hood is a Change Agent—in ways that you and your organization must experience. Her expertise and wisdom has been infectious in my district—where professional educators, after spending time with her, led to a massive transformation in the way they taught, led, and lived that included mindfulness and positive energy in every part of their life. I cannot recommend Joelle highly enough. She can change a culture!! And do it better than any person I know.

– Kris Swett
Principal, UUSD

Joelle is a dynamo. I sometimes wonder if she is secretly 4 people at once – or does she have an army of angels working for her? She is simply amazing – in the true meaning of someone who amazes.

– Laura Lavigne
www.lauralavigne.com
www.happinesssprinklingproject.com

I love Dr. Joelle Hood! First and foremost, she personally practices and demonstrates the values that she shares in her trainings on social-emotional supports and the development of Emotional Intelligence. She reminds me, weekly, of the characteristics needed for me to be a better leader- namely the development of a work environment in which everyone feels safe and deeply valued, and one in which the nurturing of connection and relationships is the first priority. She reminds me, as well, that I am at my best when I bring my authentic self to work everyday… (#JustBeBob) I am incredibly thankful to be her friend and colleague- she is having a huge impact in making our schools and school district a healthier, happier, and more effective place to learn and work, for our students and staff members alike!

– Dr. Robert Nelson
Superintendent, Fresno Unified School District

Dr. J’s training on social emotional learning really lit a fire in my professional practice as an educator. I took her passion for teaching empathy, kindness, and mindfulness and used it with my high school students and my middle school granddaughter. It truly changed the culture of my school and brought me so much joy. Now I have the pleasure of taking what I’ve learned from Joelle beyond my high school and my family and teaching other educators how to make the same impact on their campuses. It’s been a rewarding journey that just keeps getting better!

– Jerri Jameson
Teacher On Special Assignment, KHSD

Dr. Joelle Hood has been a partner with us in the important and valuable work around Social Emotional Learning for the last few years. She is gifted in leading adult learning. Joelle always models the way as a credible leader in the field, provides appropriate articles and research to reflect upon and discuss, gets participants directly involved and engaged in the learning and offers an array of powerful ideas for implementation in classrooms and schools. Joelle is grounded in best practice and customizes professional learning in a way that meets the identified needs and desires of the district. She has made a powerfully positive impact in the lives of adults and children in the FSSD.

– Catherine Stephens Ed.D.
Associate Director of Schools for Teaching & Learning, Franklin Special School District, TN

Joelle has helped me transform my life and my classroom by helping me recognize my own strengths and fostering the strengths of my students. If you’re looking for someone to help you change your mindset and be successful, she is your person. I’m so fortunate to have worked with her!

– Hannah Bush
Teacher, FSSD

After attending Joelle’s SEL workshops I came away feeling that I had begun a process that had the potential to be as truly significant as I had been led to believe. Sitting still, being aware and, perhaps most crucially, learning again how to concentrate – all perceptibly such simple traits gave me the essentials to incorporate into my classroom. I now use mindfulness and breathing activities in many of my classes to help my students concentrate and stay focused throughout the day. In result, my students have learned how to focus and their behavior seems much more calm than before we had incorporated mindfulness activities in class.

– Faustine Rosales
Teacher, KHSD

Joelle Hood is one of those professionals who sparkles with enthusiasm and dedication. Fueled by passion for transforming others to flourish and thrive, Joelle is recognized as someone who brings new ideas and solutions to the field. Integral to Joelle’s success is her ability to motivate and inspire those whose life she touches to accomplish great things.

– Diana Walsh-Reuss, Ed.D.
Riverside County Associate Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Hood is a phenomenal presenter and life coach. Her trainings and magical synergy help “spark passion” and purpose. Dr. Hood helped support our district vision on social emotional learning. Her trainings equipped our staff with the necessary tools to lead the work and support students. Dr. Hood motivates her audience and her positive energy is contagious. I am grateful and honored to have worked beside her. I have learned so much from her and I will be her biggest follower wherever she goes!

– Liz Gonzalez, M.A.
M.S., Educational Consultant & District Administrator, BCSD-CA

Joelle has given me the tools to better myself and my students through the techniques of living with purpose, getting curious and not furious, taking a breath, and self-care. She gave me a new enthusiasm for my profession after I had been in a rut after 13 years. She will change your life!

– Dianne Tiner
Teacher, KHSD

Joelle is an amazing presenter with deep expertise in mindfulness, emotional intelligence, strength-based leadership, trauma-informed practices, community building and many other areas of social-emotional learning. She builds a connection with her audience and earns the respect of teachers due to her experience and love for kids. The training she has provided to my district has received the highest evaluations from our teachers and has been utilized and benefiting our students.

– Zhanna Preston, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Special Education, MVUSD

I have had the pleasure of knowing Joelle for many years. She understands that the key to transformation begins with the understanding of self, then extends to developing empathy and connection with those around us. I have witnessed her working with adults and young people alike, working as a catalyst that brings groups together embracing the power of the collective.

– David Olney
Superintendent, Hesperia Unified School District

My school site principal and I share the love for mindfulness and have witnessed the positive impact it has brought to our students and staff. We created a mindfulness room this year and in the process of creating it, I reflected back on my journey through Joelle’s mindfulness course and what a valuable resource she has been and continues to be with this subject. She has been my inspiration in my practice and I hope to continue sharing the beautiful gift of mindfulness to others in the years ahead. Thank you Joelle!

– Stephanie Ford
School Counselor, CNUSD

Joelle instantly connects with her audience when she presents. She is the most engaging presenter I have ever had the pleasure of hearing and her knowledge about social and emotional learning and emotional intelligence is beyond awesome! I plan on having her back to Tennessee soon.

– Pat Conner
Executive Director, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, TN Dept of Ed

“The team at Thriving YoUniversity has been extraordinary in helping me develop my capacity as a coach and Professional Development facilitator. I appreciate their energy, charisma and depth of knowledge in all things SEL. I would recommend their trainings for anyone who wants to fully develop their own capacity as well as that of their organization.”

– Jackie Lilly
PPS TOSA, PBIS-MTSS, KHSD
Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports
Student Behavior and Supports

Joelle was such a gift to me and our organization. In the midst of transition, the Executive Board of Fresno Consolidated (ACSA) in the Fresno Unified School District recognized the need to address the social-emotional needs of its leaders, teachers and students. As such, we invited Joelle to join district leaders on two occasions during the 17-18 school year. The theme of “Nourish to Flourish” has helped to create a foundation upon which leaders could reframe their leadership experiences in our large organization. Her work has led to additional presentations and workshops that have inspired, reinvigorated and motivated leaders in a new way. I look forward to learning more from Joelle as she begins a new phase in her own leadership journey!

– Lynn Rocha-Salazar
Principal, Ayer Elementary, Fresno Unified School District

Joelle Hood has the gift of communication and the gift of encouragement. She has inspiration in her DNA. Her in-service trainings are very much like her personality…Full of light, humor, motivation, wisdom, and encouragement. Joelle is also very skilled with all forms of technology. She weaves in motivational clips, music and inspirational stories from her vast virtual library.
Some may think that the topic of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) does not have a place in modern education. Joelle has gone to great lengths to present only evidenced-based, well-researched practices in her in-services. The current problems on school campuses are well known. Student bullying, mental health issues, and school safety have become required topics of the day. Joelle’s approach to preventing these serious issues is to get ahead of them– helping students by creating positive, emotionally healthy environments where they can thrive. She is the best I have seen at helping administrators create such environments.

– Bruce Petersen
Senior Director, San Diego County Office of Education

Joelle brought it!!! The SEL workshop brought a wealth of ideas and research to a very needed topic. Without Social Emotional Learning in schools we are depriving students from learning how to be the best human they can be.

– Sarah Gonzalez, M.A., P.P.S.C.
School Counselor, CNUSD Student Services

Joelle’s workshop was SO inspiring! Yes, common core and standards are important but there is soooo much more we need to teach our students! We can’t control what our students go through on a daily basis outside of our school walls but while they’re in our presence, we CAN help change their lives! We can shower them with love & compassion and give them the tools, confidence and drive to be someone else’s rainbow! My new daily goal is to be a “rainbow” in at least 3 student’s lives each day…..kindness, it’s contagious! Pass it on!

– Monique Biggs
Bilingual SLP, SLUSD

Joelle’s enthusiasm is very contagious ~ please stand back if you do not want happiness/joy/compassion in your life! I clung to her shirt-tail years ago after hearing/seeing her present and I continue to hold on so I personally can learn and share her amazing knowledge with my students! Dr. Hood – thank you for ALL you DO!

– Diane Hartman
School Counselor, VVUSD

Too often teachers bypass the opportunity for professional development because of the time factor – especially right before school starts and there are major preparations to be done. Caught up in the rush to be ready for the first day of school, and to consider if the time vested would be worth it, I researched Joelle Hood and found her Social Emotional Learning training information intriguing… Be reassured, I was NOT disappointed. The tools I acquired are going to be extremely applicable in this generation’s education. Thank you!

– Paula Johnson
CTE/ROP Teacher, Palo Verde Unified School District

I was blessed to hear Joelle’s SEL presentation today. I have worked for SBCSS for 25 years as an ED teacher. Everything that she shared today resonated deep down in my soul. I was teary eyed during the entire presentation. I could not figure out why….and then it dawned on me that the Social Emotional well-being of children is why I have been a classroom teacher for the past 30 years. Would love to attend future professional development trainings and do all that I can to champion this amazing cause of teaching others to become more compassionate members of society.

– Falishia Roberts
Special Education ED Teacher, SBCSS

Joelle, thanks again for a vibrant and vital presentation today. I strongly believe in this work, and now I have research and resources to support my beliefs. I will be using this with our faculty and staff, and I’m sure it will make a positive impact.
You are a blessing! 🙂

– Julie Thomas
Vice Principal, SLUSD

I thoroughly enjoyed Joelle’s presentation at the TN SCALI! Cultivating a culture of kindness & compassion–even from our youngest learners–is incredibly important! They are the ‘change makers’. I left the session feeling inspired and rejuvenated to bring the ideas and words Joelle shared to action.

– Kristie Arendale
School Counselor, Maryville City Schools, TN

Joelle is a motivational practitioner who has helped many of us to live our most authentic lives! Positivity and happiness exude from her core essence. Every workshop, coaching session, and training concentrates on how to live “in the now” and her activities demonstrate how practicing mindfulness can only enrich our existence!

– Debi Rozeski
Miniature Horse Therapy and CEIS Coordinator

My staff truly enjoyed the SEL training you provided. The message that you presented resonated the importance of how we all need to be mindful of taking care of ourselves. I hope to have you come back again next school year for a full day on growth mindset!

– Dr. Cathy Chan
Charter President, Diablo Managers Association (DMA) and Co-Administrator, MDUSD

Dr. Joelle Hood walks in her purpose and she will likely say, “I do it on purpose.” Everything she does is purposeful, intentional, and motivational. If it’s working on a new concept, a new training, a new book, or developing a plan with new clients, Joelle always puts on her growth mindset attitude and her creative brain. She has the teaching gift and the empathy and desire to coach others down their path of success. It is no wonder her following is gigantic and her sphere of influence far-reaching!

– Dr. Debbie Sacks
Educational Consultant, Humanitarian, Happiness Ambassador

I had the pleasure of hearing Ms. Joelle Hood speak on Cultivating a Positive Climate of Kindness, Empathy, and Compassion through Social Emotional Learning at the Conditions for Learning Forum in Murfreesboro, TN. I really enjoyed it and am very excited to share her message with my peers. It is always nice to attend a session and come away with great ideas and plans, and this was certainly one of those sessions. Keep up the great work you do!

– Lindsay Tucker, M.S.
Elementary School Counselor, Robertson County Schools

Dr. J is the real deal! She is definitely very knowledgeable and passionate in her specified areas. Truly, a gifted individual who will have you feeling totally comfortable and confident during and after working with her. Never a dull moment. She has maintained peaceful and positive vibes each time I’ve been around her.

– Janell Burton
District Resource Counselor-RP/SEL, KHSD

Joelle, You are a superstar! Thank you for your candor, your humility, your modeling of connection, and vast knowledge – you changed my teaching for the better!

– Olivia Naturman
Teacher, ArTES High School, LAUSD

Working with Joelle is such a delight! Using SEL components in the classroom changes the tone of the entire year and empowers the students to be in charge of their own learning and behavior. With my AP students, I have had wonderful success in reducing their test anxiety through using breath work and a combination of SEL tools.

– Julie Detloff
Teacher, KHSD

She doesn’t just believe in the Law of Attraction, she is the Law of Attraction! Joelle’s effervescent energy, can-do attitude, and artillery of action-based positivity creates radical results. She is a powerhouse for being both cheerleader AND coach, where work becomes play and play IS the work. For her, happiness isn’t something we sometimes feel, it’s a flag which appears when we’re living our most vibrant life. I’ve never seen anyone with such fearless vision so passionately committed to cultivating happiness every day! Joelle should come with a warning label–Caution: May Cause Incredible Joy!”

– Zo Manik
Poet, Artist, and Author of May Fall Skyward Earth: 48 Rhythms and Drawings

Joelle has a keen ability to recognize a person’s strengths. Her coaching has helped me identify my own strengths and maximize them professionally. She has guided me to stay focused on and driven by things I am passionate about. Whenever life has seemed a little cluttered, she has always helped to make things more clear.

– Kristie Fabro
Teacher, Oakland Unified School District

I’ve had the pleasure to work with Joelle numerous times at youth and educator’s events. She is full of energy and very knowledgeable. Joelle always presents information in a way that keeps her audiences engaged and energized. She makes learning enjoyable for everyone who has the pleasure of listening to her presentations. As a speaker myself, I know how difficult this is, and Joelle is spectacular!

– Ray Lozano
CEO, Prevention Plus, LLC

Joelle’s energy and determination to live “in purpose and on purpose” is evident during her presentations. She is a dynamic presenter who has inspired me to not only focus on Social and Emotional Learning strategies and Mindfulness in the classroom but to apply it to my own well-being as well. Joelle’s passion to share her life’s work and purpose is contagious. She has planted an enthusiastic seed in me to continue to implement and share all the “Good Stuff.” I am grateful that our paths have crossed, so that I can join her to make the world a better place!

– Mary Bloom
Teacher, VVUSD

Dr. Joelle Hood is amazing! Her message of “Belonging and Cultivating Connection” was the perfect opening for our 2019 Visalia Unified Convocation. Visualize over 3,000 people in a convention center moving about to share personal messages and connect with each other. Her passion created the energy and response for that type of engagement but more importantly, to change how we work with each other and with our students. A few days after working with us, I witnessed teachers using her strategies with students and site leaders embedding her ideas in their team meetings. As a result of her work with us, school staff shifted their focus, spending the first few days of school on connection activities so that they could build positive culture before immersing students in academics.

Our work with Joelle created a positive shift in a very short time. I look forward to our continued work with her as we create a better place to work with each other and a more inclusive learning environment.

Tamara Ravalín, Ed. D.
Interim Superintendent, Visalia Unified School District