Join Us for a Transformational Evening
Dedicated to supporting the mental well-being of students by connecting the entire school community!

Tues. April 16, 2024
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Virtual via Zoom
100% FREE
Meet Your Hosts
Charle Peck, M.Ed., MSW

Speaker | Author | School Mental Health Consultant

Charle Peck is the co-creator of Thriving School Community, a revolutionary program designed for schools to improve the mental health of staff and students. 

She holds an MS in Education and an MS in Social Work as a 20+ year veteran in education (K-12). As a global keynote speaker, she delivers powerful messages of hope to educators and equips educators and mental health team members with tools that integrate into everyday practice. 

Her unique lens as a high school teacher turned clinical therapist who has worked closely with adolescents and families in crisis makes her stories relevant and captivating to those struggling in today’s education system. 

You can purchase the book “Improving School Mental Health: The Thriving School Community Solution” on Amazon and listen to the podcast “Thriving Educator” to learn more. 

Connect with her via email
Dr. Cameron Caswell

Adolescent Psychologist | Parenting Coach / TEDx Speaker

CAMERON (DR. CAM) CASWELL, PHD, "The Teen Translator,” is the co-creator of Thriving School Community, a revolutionary program designed for schools to improve the mental health of staff, students and caregivers within the school system.

As a TEDX speaker, podcast host, author, and private practitioner she empowers parents and teens with the tools and knowledge they need to create positive, peaceful relationships with one another.

Dr. Cam speaks regularly at schools, national organizations, and conferences. She has also been featured as a parenting expert on television, radio, podcasts, and in publications including Fox News, Newsweek, Grown & Flown, and HerMoney.

Dr. Cam is a mom of a teen too, so she not only talks the talk, she walks the walk.

Connect with her via email drcam@drcamconsulting
Meet Our Expert Speakers
Jennifer B. Bienstock, Psy.D.

Director of Clinical Training

Dr. Bienstock is a licensed psychologist and the Director of Clinical Training at the Center for Anxiety & Behavioral Change in Rockville, MD. 

Dr. Bienstock works with individuals and families across the lifespan using evidence-based approaches. She has clinical expertise treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, school refusal, and body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs).
Dr. Julie Schmidt Hasson

Professor, Researcher

Dr. Hasson is a professor in School Administration at Appalachian State University.  

Julie’s research on long-term teacher impact is the foundation of her books, professional development programs, and TEDx Talk. 

Her latest book, Pause, Ponder, and Persist in the Classroom: How Teachers Turn Challenges into Opportunities for Impact, was released in June 2023. 
Dr. Rebecca Heiss

Stress Physiologist

As an evolutionary biologist and stress expert, Dr. Rebecca Heiss is dedicated to helping us become self-aware and overcome our instinctual limitations. Her research has been designated “transformative” by the National Science Foundation. 

A former educator, Dr. Heiss spent much of her earlier career in the classroom at both the high school and college levels and was recruited to be a founding member of an innovative charter school with a focus on entrepreneurial thinking and impact-based learning. 
Crystal Leugers, LCSW

Chief Programming Officer 

Crystal obtained her Bachelor’s in Social Work of Xavier University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Supervisor Designation in both Kentucky and Ohio.

Crystal is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seven Challenges and has completed the Juvenile Sexual Offender Certification Program. She also provides Clinical Supervision to fellow Social Workers.
Dr. Herbert T. Monroe 

Assistant Superintendent 

Assistant Superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools and a member of the Virginia Advisory Committee on Culturally Relevant and Inclusive Education Practices. 

As a husband, father, mentor, and motivational speaker, DOC has impacted those who know him and people throughout his community.
Brooklyn Raney

Founder of One Trusted Adult

Author of One Trusted Adult: How to Build Strong Connections & Healthy Boundaries with Young People. 

After working in schools for more than a decade, she founded One Trusted Adult, a company through which she has spent the past five years working with youth-serving professionals, parents, and guardians to develop strategies for strengthening relationships in homes, schools, and communities so they can best support the positive development of youth.
Laura Rizo

Social-emotional Learning 

Born and raised in the projects, Rizo's life experiences relate to both youth and adults. A former teacher and school counselor, her passion lies in fostering a nurturing environment where both students and educators can thrive emotionally and intellectually. 

Rizo is currently a doctoral candidate in Social-emotional Learning at National University and looking forward to becoming Dr. Rizo Speaks Life.
our amazing sponsors
Fareedah Shaheed

Internet Safety Expert

Fareedah Shaheed, an Award-Winning Internet Safety Expert and Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, specializes in helping parents protect their kids online. 

She has taught thousands of people online security & safety, has hosted lunch and learns, and has delivered keynotes on the subject.

She has been named Cybersecurity Personality of the Year 2020. Her work has been featured in CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, NASA, and Ebony Magazine, among others.


Sam Young, M. Ed.

Young Scholars Academy

Sam Young, M.Ed., or Mr. Sam, as his community members call him, is the founder and director of Young Scholars Academy which is a strength-based, talent-focused virtual enrichment school that supports twice-exceptional, differently-wired, and gifted students to feel seen, nurtured, and happy as heck through strength-based courses, camps, and community!

Sam is a two-time Fulbright Scholar, TEDx speaker, a former Bridges Academy educator of nearly 10 years, and a Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity graduate. 

He is a neurodivergent person himself and has committed his life to supporting neurodivergent students to discover, develop, and lead with their strengths, talents, and unique interests.


Aly Pain

Certified Relationship Systems Coach

Growing up, Aly was the smart, fun girl on the outside and a frantic, anxious mess on the inside. She spent years healing the pain of dysfunctional family relationships, including eating disorders and a suicide attempt, to break the cycle raising her own sons.

In 2006, Aly became a Certified Life Coach and Certified Relationship Systems Coach - one of only 70 people in Canada to hold both designations.

Aly's passion is empowering parents to build healthy, respectful relationships with their teens without giving up or giving in. 

She's been featured in the New York Post, ABC Nightly News and the Rachael Ray Show.


Ruth Klein

Universal Mom Programs

Ruth Klein is an author and founder of the nonprofit Universal Mom, which works to help children and teens uncover their talents through the art of writing.

With her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis on Health, Consciousness, & Healing, Ruth is passionate about helping youth reach their full potential by believing in themselves.

Prior to founding Universal Mom, for 22 years Ruth led the nonprofit Self-Esteem Council, which went into high schools to work with sophomores &
juniors. In less than 10 hours, they changed student’s perceptions of their lives, increasing their self-esteem and confidence. Many of the students they worked with had the confidence to apply for summer jobs, get involved in school activities the
following year, and apply to college, when previously, college was not even on their radar.

Outside of her non-profit work, Ruth has a successful career that spans over thirty years, she has helped her clients create a 360° Brand and
convert their expertise and content into best-selling books that have gone on to be high-ticket programs,
TedX speeches, PBS specials, TV guest spots, 5-figure speaking engagements.

The author of 7 best-selling books, her upcoming release for parents is titled, Conscious Connection,
and is slated for an early 2024 release.


Ofosu Jones-Quartey

Mindfulness Teacher & Musician

Ofosu Jones-Quartey is a meditation teacher, and musician from the Washington DC area.

He has been teaching mindfulness meditation since 2008, working with such organizations as Minds, Incorporated, the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Spirit Rock and the Insight Meditation Society (IMS).

An accomplished musician, Ofosu also performs both domestically and internationally as a Hip Hop and Electronic Music artist.
He recently wrote a book for families called “You Are Enough”.
Ofosu is also a voice over talent, having lent his voice to programs on Sesame Studios as well as is the voicing Stanley the Snail on the Sprout Network's cartoon "Ollie and Moon". 

He is the “male voice” on the new mindfulness app Balance.
Ofosu currently lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife Ayanna and their four children, Sundara, Samadhi, Sati and Siddhattha.
During This FREE 1-Day Summit, You'll Learn How To...
Improve Your Own Well-Being
A thriving school starts with YOU. We'll get you feeling your best to reduce stress and improve the dynamics in the classroom and at home.
Address Challenging Student Behavior
You'll walk away with the skills and knowledge you need to respond effectively to student challenges and prevent misbehavior.
Foster School + Home Collaboration
True, long-lasting change can only occur when educators and caregivers work together. Let's get the conversation started on the right foot.
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