Kimochis®… A Dream of Ending School Violence
Nina Rappaport Rowan, Kimochis® Creator
There are very specific moments in one’s life when an event can change the way you look at the world.
For Nina, that moment was the unthinkable and haunting Columbine High School incident. She asked herself, ‘Why did this happen? What are we doing wrong? How can our children be so disconnected and self-destructive? And what can I do about it?’
This inspiration led Nina to create Kimochis. Nina, a family entertainment professional and executive producer of Despicable Me, knew that kids respond to characters and stories.
Ellen Pritchard Dodge M.Ed CCC-SLP, Kimochis® Educational Director and Curriculum Author
For over 20 years, Ellen, a pioneering speech-language pathologist, was getting out of her office and teaching communication skills to more than just the children on her caseload. Ellen knew that feelings fuel behaviors, and she saw first-hand how teaching basic communication skills helped children express challenging feelings which, as a result, eliminated a lot of negative behaviors—throughout entire schools.
When Ellen started working with Kimochis, the dream of helping children and families grew to encompass entire school districts, communities… and our world.
Today, Ellen is a recognized leader in character education and communication skills in the classroom, and she has published numerous books and articles in the area of social emotional learning. Her interactive workshop style and effective communication strategies and passion for raising children’s social and emotional intelligence makes Ellen a sought-after speaker.
She has extensively taught in public schools in Northern California where her communication curriculum won a National Character Education award.
Ellen, with Dr. William Pollack, author of Real Boys, collaborated to create classrooms that are academically and socially engaging for boys through Supporting Our Sons.
In 2013, she served on Parenting Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board.
In 2014, Kimochis® was awarded a five-year contract to provide training and support materials for Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools in the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) system where Ellen is the lead trainer.
Ellen has three daughters and one slightly spoiled pooch.
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