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Effective Solutions for Student and Staff Wellness

Wednesday, July 31, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Mental Wealth and Wellness Week

Presented by Jay Goyal, CEO, Alongside; Rebecca Berlin, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Intellectual Properties, Kaplan Early Learning Company, and President, Gryphon House Publishing; and Brandy Samuell, Director of Mental Health and Related Services, eLuma

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Educators want more resources to support mental health and wellness for their faculty, students, and families. In this edWebinar, organizations answer questions educators have about mental health and wellness. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about these solutions and the work they are doing to help serve and support school districts.

This presentation is the third edWebinar in edWeb’s Mental Health & Wellness Week, a series to help drive awareness and support for educator and student wellness.

This edWebinar will be of interest to PreK-12 educators, counselors, and administrators who want to learn more for their own self-care and for the mental health and wellness of their students. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Jay Goyal

About the Presenters

As an experienced entrepreneur and CEO, Jay Goyal loves bringing innovation to solve large, thorny problems. He founded Alongside to combat the youth mental health crisis, with the goal of providing every adolescent with research-based support that they like and trust. Prior to this, Jay founded and scaled Actively Learn to millions of students, empowering them to engage in deeper learning across subjects. Jay has taken on startup roles within the private, nonprofit, and public sectors, including helping launch Bing at Microsoft, providing microfinance to rural women in Honduras, and determining manpower and security requirements as one of the first 15 employees of the Transportation Security Administration. Jay also enjoys being part of the Seattle community, coaching youth baseball and serving on school and nonprofit boards. He graduated from Duke University and completed his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Rebecca Berlin

Dr. Rebecca Berlin has a B.A. in American government and English from Georgetown University, an M.A. in infant and toddler special education from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in education policy, leadership, and foundations from the University of Virginia. She is recognized as an industry expert and leads many transformative early childhood initiatives throughout the United States. Dr. Berlin has previously served as Executive Director of the Parenting Translator Foundation, Chief Learning Officer at Start Early, and Chief Strategy Officer of Teachstone. She has been an early childhood special education teacher, an inclusion teacher, an autism specialist, and a school administrator. Dr. Berlin is the Senior Vice President of Intellectual Properties at Kaplan Early Learning Company and President of Gryphon House, Inc. She lives in Charlottesville, VA and serves on the school board of Albemarle County Public Schools.

Brandy Samuell

Brandy Samuell has had an extensive and diverse career in public education, with decades of experience in various settings and roles. From classroom teacher to assistant superintendent, Brandy’s expertise in general education, special education, mental health support, and school turnaround is valuable for addressing the complex needs of students and staff. As the Director of Mental Health and Related Services at eLuma, Brandy is involved in developing and implementing strategies to support students’ mental health and well-being.

Brandy’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas Tech University, a Master of Education in School Counseling from Texas Christian University, and additional post-master’s work in Educational Diagnostics and Educational Leadership from the University of the Southwest. She is also certified in Critical Incident Stress Management and has experience responding to and managing crises in school settings. In her spare time, Brandy enjoys spending time outdoors, caring for her animals, and gardening.

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