CALMING KIDS has attracted an exceptional team of yoga teachers, authors, and administrators all working to support the CK mission.
Founder, Executive Director, Author, Yoga Teacher Trainer
Dee is the Creator and Director of CALMING KIDS: Creating a Non-Violent World, a nonprofit organization that teaches yoga programs for children, teens and offers trainings for educators, health providers and families, since 2004. Dee has a master’s degree in Child and Motor development from NYU and is a certified health instructor from the American College of Sports Medicine. She is a certified yoga therapist working with all ages and abilities teaching yoga, relaxation, meditation and self regulation since 1986. Dee Marie is the SAVE (Stop America’s Violence Everywhere) representative for the State of Colorado nominated by the American Medical Association Alliance. Dee is the author of several yoga booklets for children and teens. Along with Gina Kane, she is the co-author of the book Finding Calm in a Moment.
Nurture the Nurturer CK Yoga Teacher, Program Coordinator, Office Manager
Rachel Zelaya has been working with CK since May 2016. She is the Program Coordinator and Office Manager for CK, allowing her to help bring yoga and meditation to more people. Having practiced yoga since she was 12 years old, she became a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher in 2011, and took CK’s online yoga teacher training in Summer 2016. She has since worked in the St Vrain Valley School District to teach yoga and mindfulness to teachers and administrators there, under CKs Nurture the Nurturer program. She has a Master’s degree from CU Boulder, and worked in Colorado schools as a language teacher prior to becoming a yoga teacher.
CK Yoga Certified Teacher, Board Member, Author, Lecturer
Gina Kane is a certified CALMING KIDS Yoga Teacher and board member, who worked as a pediatric Occupational Therapist from 1983 to 2015. Her love for yoga began in 1995, with numerous trainings to follow, including: Yoga for the Special Child, Integral Yoga Teacher Training: Levels I and II, and certification in Structural Yoga Therapy. Her passion for children’s yoga includes a strong belief in the importance of breathing and meditation practices, as all children deserve to know that they can find contentment and peace by going within vs. relying on others or on external sources. With Dee Marie, she co-authored the book Finding Calm in a Moment.
CK Certified Yoga Teacher
Zoe Kowalchuk has taught in the Jefferson County elementary schools as a CALMING KIDS certified teacher. She has a BA in Education, and has been a certified yoga instructor for over 30 years, as well as being a yoga therapist. She has seen the benefits of teaching yoga in the schools, with higher test scores and happier, calmer kids. She does this work because she strongly believes that it is needed in the world.
CK Yoga Instructor
Cory is a 200 hour Certified Adult Yoga Teacher and has trained in the CK technique since 2014. She enjoys teaching an eclectic variety of yoga, particularly Yin and gentle Vinyasa, to all ages. She especially enjoys working with teenagers and under-served populations. Currently, Cory teaches at New Vista High School and Rally Sport in Boulder, CO. Cory likes to connect the importance of yoga “on the mat” to life “off the mat”. When she is not doing or teaching yoga, she can be found playing Zimbabwean music, running, hiking, baking, or cuddling with her 2 dogs.
CK Certified Teacher
Liz McFarland has taught the CALMING KIDS curriculum in the Summit School District since 2013, and she retook the training in Estes Park in 2017, bringing with her several other teachers. In addition to teaching Calming Kids, she also has her Master’s degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity and has been teaching in Colorado since 2004. Since using this program in her classroom, she has seen many benefits. Children are able to focus for longer periods of time, they have more empathy towards other people, they are more mindful of their own actions, and they seem to be happier children. They not only look forward to our practice, but they love teaching their families and other students. She does this because it creates peaceful, open-minded, and tolerant children.
CK Certified Teacher
Since Hillery was a child, music and movement has always been essential to her as a dancer. Since 1999, she has enjoyed teaching, consulting and tutoring as a licensed teacher. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. In January of 2014, she completed her certification with CALMING KIDS while working at Active Boulder Kids. She has been sharing CK with children through the Boulder Recreation Centers during classes and Yoga Camp. Her greatest joy lies in teaching movement and yoga to children. Her intention is to strive to find and reinforce the love of learning intrinsic in each student. Her experience includes students of all ages with special needs.
CERTIFIED CALMING KIDS TEACHERS
Betsy Perna – Fort Collins, CO
Dale Rose – Boulder, CO
Corinne Andrews – Colorado Springs, CO
Kathy Lorch – Breckenridge, CO