Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek Attends a Site-visit of SCHOOL, Inc.’s Training Session

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Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek Attends a Site-visit
SCHOOL, Inc.’s Training Session of PUSD Teachers

PASADENA, Calif. – February 21, 2019 - 501(c)(3) Smiling Calm Hearts Open Our Learning, Inc. (SCHOOL, Inc.) hosted a site-visit by Pasadena’s Mayor Terry Tornek today.

Mayor Tornek was greeted by Ann Rector, Pasadena Unified School District’s Director of Health Programs and School Support Services. Ms. Rector is responsible for bringing the SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training to all PUSD teachers over the next three years. SCHOOL, Inc. is providing training services to PUSD educators within a city-wide outreach program entitled Pasadena Trauma-Informed Care Initiative that began in August 2018 and will extend until August 2021.

Mayor Tornek observed the morning session of the SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Training and then took time to speak to the group of attending PUSD teachers and listen to their feedback on the course. Mayor Tornek spoke about his commitment to improving education in Pasadena and supporting PUSD. He also spoke about how he sees the value in mindfulness & secular yoga practices for youth, parents, and adults.

Mayor Tornek’s assistant, Ms. Mellem, said, “The Mayor mentioned that he really enjoyed his visit and was thoroughly impressed with the SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Program.”

SCHOOL, Inc. will train approximately 600 PUSD teachers from Transitional Kindergarten through 12th grade along with additional services personnel. The SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Program includes simple, evidence-based strategies to engage students in a collaborative learning experience that improves behavioral and academic functioning. Educators also benefit from such strategies to support their own well-being and teaching success.

“We are very honored to host Mayor Tornek.” said Kelly Wood, Founder and CEO of SCHOOL, Inc. “As our program continues to grow, it is important that city officials know what is being taught in the classrooms to help students, especially at-risk youth, develop self-reliance and positive social interactions. It is reassuring to share the same commitment to the well-being of students and teachers as Mayor Tornek.”

About SCHOOL, Inc.:

Established in 2012, Smiling Calm Hearts Open Our Learning, Inc. (SCHOOL, Inc.) is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to help public schools, especially Title 1 communities, create focused, harmonious classrooms where learning and positive relationships flourish. The SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Program is an adapted mindfulness curriculum that addresses the comprehensive health of students and teachers by enhancing physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. Collaborative attitudes and character development are nurtured through the program to support academic success. SCHOOL, Inc. provides professional development for educators in school districts including Los Angeles Unified, Pasadena Unified, New York City of Education and more. For more information, visit