ABOUT US

Imagine a School Culture based in

PEACE, COMPASSION & KINDNESS

Our curriculum encourages just that. Both teachers and students learn to adopt habits that result in a healthy body, mind and outlook.

Our Proprietary Stress-Reduction Program Includes:

Our SKY Teachers Can

  • calm an anxiety attack related to a test or traumatic event
  • ease an emotional outburst
  • intervene to prevent a violent reaction to a difficult situation.
  • offer one-on-one breath work interventions

Our purpose is:

To give teachers tools & techniques they can use inside the classroom and at home to practice self-care so they can manage their own stress and negative emotions.

These teachers naturally buffer the stress of the children they serve, thus helping them become more resilient and successful.

Meet Our Team

National Staff

BILL HERMAN

INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF TRAINING

Bill received his BFA, MFA and teaching credentials from the Art Institute of Chicago. He founded SKY Schools and has trained SKY Schools teachers in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Australia, South Africa, Canada and England as well as the United States.

ELAN GEPNER

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Elan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University. He spent 15 years establishing empowerment programs for youth, including leadership academies, poetry and theater festivals, youth film productions, and personal development coaching and instruction.

ROBYNN JAMES

CHIEF GENEROSITY OFFICER

Robynn has devoted her 25 year career to helping small nonprofits, plan for and realize their highest ambitions. She is a trained yoga teacher with over 20 years of yoga practice, and has studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction under Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at Esalen Institute.

SUSAN RAMSUNDARSINGH

RESEARCH AND EVALUATION CONSULTANT

Susan is a social worker and researcher. Her expertise is in community building approaches to poverty reduction, youth empowerment, and disaster relief. She holds a Master in Social Work, a MBA and is currently completing her PhD.

New Jersey

Narciso Cruz

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Narciso studied Political Science at the City College of New York. He has more than twenty-five years of professional experience in youth development, and 10 years of experience as a SKY Schools teacher and also teaches SKY programs at youth correctional facilities nationwide.

Hitesh “Harry” Monga

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Hitesh “Harry” Monga graduated with his Bachelor of Sciences in Construction Engineering Technology at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Since childhood, he has had a passion for giving back to society. Hitesh has facilitated the SKY Schools Program to over 10,000 students nationwide.

RONDI SEWELSON

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Rondi Sewelson taught with the NYC Department of Education for 30 years. She received her B.A. from Bennington College in Theatre Arts, and her M.A. from New York University. She is a Drama Therapist, a New York State licensed Creative Arts Therapist, English, Theatre, and Special Ed teacher.

Linda Salzer

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Linda Salzer is a registered nurse and a teacher. She began her career in Freeport as a Nurse teacher and later as a Health teacher where I was introduced to the SKY Schools Program. She is now a full time SKY Schools teacher.

MADDIE FONTAINE

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Maddie Fontaine. SKY Schools Teacher. Maddie graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. She is a SKY Schools teacher, a SKY Campus Happiness Teacher, a certified yoga teacher, and holds certifications in Reiki and Shiatsu massage.

Washington / Maryland / Virginia

SHALINI JERATH

SKY SCHOOLS VIRGINIA COORDINATOR. SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Shalini Jerath. SKY Schools Teacher. Shalini has a degree in Electrical Engineering from India Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India. She is currently working with the Federal Aviation Administration and joined the SKY schools team as a teacher in 2018.

STEER

SKY SCHOOLS VIRGINIA COORDINATOR. SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Steer. SKY Schools Maryland Coordinator. SKY Schools Teacher Steer completed his coursework at the University of Maryland for a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health; and Drexel University’s School of Public Health for a Master’s in Public Health. He has a passion and desire for engaging and empowering under-served communities.

MARLENE SANDHU

SKY SCHOOLS GREATER DC AREA DIRECTOR

Marlene graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and has a 25-year career of community service project leadership throughout the Washington, DC area. In 2008 she joined the International Association for Human Values teaching team as a teacher of ages 6-adult.

San Francisco Bay Area

PRIYA MAYURESHWAR

SKY SCHOOLS CITY DIRECTOR, SFBA. SKY SCHOOLS

Priya has 13 years of as a Software Engineer and Business Analyst in India, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and the US. Inspired by the work done by IAHV, she made the switch to teaching SKY Schools in 2009.

ANJALI VISHWANATH

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Anjali has worked for many years in the hi-tech industry. She is a certified Yoga instructor, teaches Stress Management workshops through the Art of Living Foundation, and loves to run marathons.

DR. VANITHA THULASIRAMAN

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Vanitha is a Senior Post Doctoral fellow from Stanford University. She loves to teach yoga for all ages groups. She teaches Stress Management Workshop through Art of Living Foundation. She has taught and interacted with youth for 10+ yrs.

MING-HUI HUANG

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Ming-Hui received her undergraduate degree in Taiwan and completed Masters in business from George Washington University. In addition to running a small business, Ming-Hui volunteered as a crisis counselor, School Site Council member, and PTA vice president. She enjoys working with youth and supporting their journey to experiencing peace.

REKHA ALUR

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Involved as a volunteer with the SKY Schools Program since its inception in 2009, became a SKY Schools teacher in 2015. impressions. She strives to keep a peaceful and stress free attitude within, while being totally engaged with enthusiasm with the world outside.

ALLIE XIONG

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Allie works as a Computer Science instructor at CSU Monterey Bay and Foothill College. She has 14 years of experience working as a software engineer and program manager in the IT industry. She holds a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science.

SHAMILA SIHOTA

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Shamila worked as a Montessori teacher for 8 years in Asia. She has lived in India, London, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. She has been volunteering for the last 20 years and teaches The Happiness Program, SKY Schools, Art of Meditation and Prison Smart.

SUPRIYA GULLAPALLI

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Supriya received her undergraduate degree in India and completed Masters in engineering from NYU in 1991. She worked in software industry for 13 years until 2004. She has volunteered as a domestic violence counselor, PTSA president, Neighborhood association president and chaired various school committees in local public schools.

IRENE YAMANE

SKY OUTREACH DIRECTOR BAY AREA & REGIONAL COORDINATOR

Graduate of UC Irvine with a BA in Social Ecology. Enjoyed a professional career as project manager in Silicon Valley startups. She has been volunteering with youth programs since 2009.

Chicago / Milwaukee

AMBROSE WB

DIRECTOR OF SKY SCHOOLS, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

A personal trainer, performance coach, and workshop facilitator, Ambrose started with SKY Schools as a volunteer in 2013. Ambrose believes the SKY has the power to breathe new life into both traditional and modern educational institutions.

BEVERLY WALKER

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER. COMMUNITY MANAGER

An activist, businesswoman, and speaker, Beverly started her journey as a SKY participant. She is motivated to share her experience with others in the hope they'll find some peace in their lives as she has.

BARON WALKER

TEACHER-IN-TRAINING

An activist, businessman, and speaker, Baron just completed his SKY Schools Teacher-Training Course in the summer of 2019. He's now a teacher-in-training, working closely with the Milwaukee team, volunteering as possible.

Los Angeles / Pomona

DEIRDRE JACKSON

LEAD SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER / COORDINATOR, LA

Deirdre studied psychology and sociology at Clemson University in South Carolina and helped to found The Tracy Jackson Foundation, which provides support to battered women and self-empowerment programs for under privileged girls.

AURELIA LOPEZ

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER / COORDINATOR, POMONA, CA

Aurelia attended Los Angeles Trade Technical College and worked in the mortgage industry. Mother of four amazing, beautiful children, she feels fortunate her children had SKY tools and breathing techniques growing up.

JEFF KNEPPER

SKY SCHOOLS TEACHER

Jeff has a BS in marketing and a MA in education. Jeff is a California credentialed general and special education teacher. He teaches math for both general and special-ed students at Hamilton High School.

They are different than other teachers

” Teachers help us with math and science – SKY teachers help us in our lives… they always, I don’t know, but they always figure out a way to make us feel better and comfortable.”

7TH GRADER, DODD MIDDLE SCHOOL

SKY Schools is a Project of IAHV

The International Association for Human Values (IAHV) is a 501(c)3 educational and humanitarian nonprofit that is committed to developing and promoting programs of personal development that encourage the practice of human values in everyday life.

We Define Human Values as:

A sense of belonging to common humanity, respect for all people, cultures and traditions, respect for the natural environment, an attitude of non-violence and an ethic of social service.

Founded in Geneva in 1997, IAHV works in special consultative status with the Economic Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, and participates in a variety of committees and activities related to health and conflict resolution.

Awarded the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence, IAHV demonstrates the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness..

WE BELIEVE

  • All human beings are equal.
  • Responsibility and an attitude of selfless service is true empowerment.
  • Peace, happiness and compassion are the intrinsic nature of human beings.
  • Socio-economic development must be built on human values to be sustainable.
  • Incorporation of human values into all aspects of life will ultimately lead to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

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