We believe that academic and Life success requires educating the heart.
Kelly Wood, CEO & FOunder
(E-RYT 200, RCYT, RPYT)
Kelly Wood, Founder of Smiling Calm Hearts Open Our Learning, Inc. (SCHOOL), has been teaching mindfulness techniques in public schools for over 15 years. She is a certified yoga teacher, experienced teacher trainer, and former studio owner. With more than 20 years of experience in yoga and meditation, Kelly has created a one-of-a-kind mindful movement program that enhances the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of children. Her signature SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training is praised by public school teachers as effective calming methods for both teachers and students - creating more positive classroom settings. Plus, the SCHOOL Training is proved to be a way of helping teachers develop professionalism. In 15 years of teaching, Kelly has accumulated more than 25,000 hours working with adults and children.
The SCHOOL Story
Kelly’s commitment to nurturing positive social, emotional, and academic development in young children culminated in the creation of SCHOOL, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Kelly has taught more than 225,000 children and 400 public school staff in Los Angeles Unified and Pasadena Unified School Districts since 2002, and has recently released an online yoga training course, bringing SCHOOL Yoga Training to teachers and youth everywhere. With her calm determination, Kelly Wood is giving children an opportunity and clear directions for learning how to walk the many paths of their school life with an open calm heart. Equally as important to Kelly, the SCHOOL Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training is offered to support and empower teachers in their humbling pursuit to educate our youth in the midst of growing distraction and fast-paced technology. SCHOOL methods contribute to academic achievement by helping kids regulate emotions.
An Entrepreneurial Mindset
Kelly has taught yoga and meditation in studios, private homes, corporate offices, international venues, and public and private schools. Having opened Karuna Yoga studio in Los Angeles in 2002, Kelly has extensive experience as a business owner—growing a successful studio from the ground up and directing all aspects of business and staff. Today, in addition to heading up SCHOOL, Inc., she runs an innovative online yoga teaching platform that offers recorded and live-streaming yoga classes and trainings. Kelly has designed and facilitates specialized training courses including the Karuna Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training and Hi Yoga (Kids Yoga) 95-Hour Teacher Training, both accredited by Yoga Alliance. SCHOOL’s Kids Yoga & Mindfulness 45-Hour In-person Teacher Training is approved by the LAUSD Salary Point Committee for public school teachers and therapists.
Awards and Recognition
Kelly was awarded the 2013 Yoga Activist Award by the celebrated Moksha Festival of Los Angeles. Chosen from over 1,800 yoga teachers, she was recognized for her tireless effort teaching children and educators in LA County public schools. She has also received numerous certificates of recognition for volunteer service from LAUSD and PUSD schools. Kelly recently collaborated with Jane Tavyev Asher, M.D., Director of Pediatric Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Hospital, to demonstrate the benefits of yoga for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Professional Experience and Education
Kelly holds a B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Philosophy from Clemson University, as well as a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Philosophy from Georgia State University. Her professional career includes six years with Deloitte Consulting and Deloitte & Touche LLP, developing the business acumen needed to create and manage a multifaceted career promoting the benefits of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.
SCHOOL, Inc. BOARD MEMBERS
Dr. Nicole A. Fabris-CarraL
A pediatrician at Glendale Pediatrics and mother of two girls. Nicole completed her Bachelor's degree in Biology and Spanish, UC Berkeley and then attended New York Medical College. She completed her residency training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. A yoga practitioner herself, Nicole recommends yoga to her young patients, especially for weight issues, concerns of anxiety and focus.
A certified legal professional for the past 20 years, in 2011 Laurie was honored as the recipient of the E. W. Mullins, Sr. Paralegal Pro Bono Award for her commitment to pro bono service. In addition to her service to those in need, Laurie's greatest passion is that of mother and role model for her son. As a student of yoga and a cancer survivor, Laurie generously gives to her community. She volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's First Connection Program, Hands on Greenville, Meals on Wheels and Wills for Heroes which prepares wills for police officers and their family members free of charge. Laurie received her BS in Financial Management from Clemson University.
Dr. Irene Lara
A practicing psychotherapist for more than twenty years, Dr. Lara's dissertation was entitled: Integrating Aspects of Yoga into Play Therapy. She has also worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker (School Counselor) for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Mental Health division for fourteen years. Dr. Lara is a graduate of UCLA where she received a Masters in Social Welfare.
Dr. Y. Jane Tavyev
Y. Jane Tavyev, MD is Director of Pediatric Neurology at Pediatric Services at Cedars-Sinai. She is board certified in Neurology with Special Certification in Child Neurology. Dr. Tavyev is a member of several professional societies including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association and the Child Neurology Society. Her clinical and research interest was in the area of autism.
Laura is CEO of GreenWood, Inc. which provides integrated Maintenance, Construction and Production support services to plants and facilities. As a second generation member of the Wood family who started the GreenWood business in 1990, Laura brings more than 20 years of extensive operations and administrative management experience to the company. Laura leads by example with a hands-on style of customer-centered and employee-dedicated management as established by the company’s founding members.