In 2006, Chris asked Paula, a complete stranger, to join her women’s soccer team. Paula, in an aggressive and foolish slide tackle, promptly broke her leg in the first game. Embarrassing. Chris made Paula cookies, brought them to Paula’s house and struck up a conversation. Chris is an excellent baker. Paula likes to talk. It was a perfect match. After a few hours, they agreed to combine their expertise and passions to change the way students experience health curriculum.
In 2008, Paula and Chris developed Your Self Series. Since then, they have been prolific writers on the topic of middle and high school developmental concerns (think: drugs, sex, mental health, alcohol, sex, relationships, decision-making, sex). The entire website and the program content is just the beginning of the robust nature of their passion to bring mental and physical health into main stream academic life.
In 2010, Paula sidetracked the team and they developed Your Chat Mats – stylish placemats that inspire meaningful mealtime conversation. Sadly, they shut down that company due to an abundance of parents lacking the desire to have conversations with their children (they wanted placemats that occupied rather than engaged – of course this was not you!). They also felt they lacked marketing prowess. If you are a marketing genius and looking for a wonderful company to re-ignite, call us!
In 2013, Chris and Paula co-wrote Reach Before You Teach: Ignite Passion and Purpose in Your Classroom (Corwin Press). This book explains the value of authentic connections and offers more than fifty interventions to foster a student’s developing social, emotional, physical and cognitive self in the classroom.
Today, Chris and Paula continue to strive to bring free online content and a powerful social emotional learning curriculum to schools nationwide. They have never lost sight of their passionate belief that by doing so they can make the world a better place. Hey, they’d love to connect with you along the way. Please reach out with a comment, thought, suggestion, or a super uplifting message of support. They welcome all of it!