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Team

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Penny Austen

Executive Director

penny@thinkgiveproject.org

Penny Austen

Executive Director

penny@thinkgiveproject.org

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Lauren Beresford

Marketing & Sponsorship Manager

lauren@thinkgiveproject.org

Lauren Beresford

Marketing & Sponsorship Manager

lauren@thinkgiveproject.org

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Jen Gerofsky

Program Coordinator

Jen has been a teacher for over 13 years, spending 10 of those years in the Boston Public School district. She earned her Master’s Degree in both Elementary Education and Special Education through the Boston Teacher Residency program, where she was trained not only in education but also leadership and cultural understanding.

jen@thinkgiveproject.org

Jen Gerofsky

Program Coordinator

Jen has been a teacher for over 13 years, spending 10 of those years in the Boston Public School district. She earned her Master’s Degree in both Elementary Education and Special Education through the Boston Teacher Residency program, where she was trained not only in education but also leadership and cultural understanding.

jen@thinkgiveproject.org

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Sean Melia

Program Coordinator

Sean taught for 13 years at Shore Country Day School in Beverly, MA--8 years as a lead fourth grade teacher, then as a 6th grade English teacher and Dean of Students. He believes a community built on gratitude and kindness is a community that leaves every member feeling fulfilled. He is excited about bringing the positive vibes of ThinkGive to as many classrooms as possible because he believes giving is, and always has been, cool.

sean@thinkgiveproject.org

Sean Melia

Program Coordinator

Sean taught for 13 years at Shore Country Day School in Beverly, MA--8 years as a lead fourth grade teacher, then as a 6th grade English teacher and Dean of Students. He believes a community built on gratitude and kindness is a community that leaves every member feeling fulfilled. He is excited about bringing the positive vibes of ThinkGive to as many classrooms as possible because he believes giving is, and always has been, cool.

sean@thinkgiveproject.org

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James Cryer

Rails Web Developer

chat@jamescryer.com

James Cryer

Rails Web Developer

chat@jamescryer.com

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Molly Constable

Co-Founder & Advisory Board member

molly@thinkgiveproject.org

Molly Constable

Co-Founder & Advisory Board member

molly@thinkgiveproject.org

Teacher Advisors

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Mimi Gleason

Grade 5 Teacher, Carlisle Public School, MA

mgleason@carlisle.k12.ma.us

Mimi Gleason

Grade 5 Teacher, Carlisle Public School, MA

mgleason@carlisle.k12.ma.us

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Susan Lewis

Middle School Science Teacher / Grade 6 Homeroom Teacher, Nashoba Brooks School, MA

My experience over the past several years guiding sixth graders through the ThinkGive Challenge has confirmed my faith in the positive power of gratitude and generosity. The program helps young adolescents see beyond themselves and realize that they can help create a supportive community.

slewis@nashobabrooks.org

Susan Lewis

Middle School Science Teacher / Grade 6 Homeroom Teacher, Nashoba Brooks School, MA

My experience over the past several years guiding sixth graders through the ThinkGive Challenge has confirmed my faith in the positive power of gratitude and generosity. The program helps young adolescents see beyond themselves and realize that they can help create a supportive community.

slewis@nashobabrooks.org

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Drew Mackay

Director of Specialists, Teaching and Learning, The Beauvoir School, Washington, DC

drew.mackay@cathedral.org

Drew Mackay

Director of Specialists, Teaching and Learning, The Beauvoir School, Washington, DC

drew.mackay@cathedral.org

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Tobey Eugenio

Middle School, Creative and Visual Arts Teacher STEAM Lab Teacher, Student Council Advisor at Our Sisters' School, New Bedford, MA

I believe that ThinkGive is a brilliant addition to any school's social and emotional curriculum as it provides opportunities for a deep dive on important topics and generates authentic opportunities for students to engage in the meaningful practice of giving. It is a timely response to an ever-changing world that needs more humans who actively work to make a difference!

teugenio@oursistersschool.org

Tobey Eugenio

Middle School, Creative and Visual Arts Teacher STEAM Lab Teacher, Student Council Advisor at Our Sisters' School, New Bedford, MA

I believe that ThinkGive is a brilliant addition to any school's social and emotional curriculum as it provides opportunities for a deep dive on important topics and generates authentic opportunities for students to engage in the meaningful practice of giving. It is a timely response to an ever-changing world that needs more humans who actively work to make a difference!

teugenio@oursistersschool.org

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Jannette Moya

4th grade bilingual teacher, Belmont-Cragin Elementary School, Chicago, IL

I've participated in the Challenge twice with my students. Throughout the Challenge I noticed my students were self-aware of their actions, which was amazing to see because they were conscience of the SEL competencies. I love that the students got creative with their gifts and carried this on after the Challenge.

jmoya4@cps.edu

Jannette Moya

4th grade bilingual teacher, Belmont-Cragin Elementary School, Chicago, IL

I've participated in the Challenge twice with my students. Throughout the Challenge I noticed my students were self-aware of their actions, which was amazing to see because they were conscience of the SEL competencies. I love that the students got creative with their gifts and carried this on after the Challenge.

jmoya4@cps.edu

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Danielle Passno

Head of Middle School, The Browning School, NY

I use ThinkGive in a class with seniors at The Spence School in NYC to help them discover the beliefs they have about giving. I hope ThinkGive stretches them to see opportunities for giving everywhere as well as to become more self-aware of their habits of giving.

dpassno@browning.edu

Danielle Passno

Head of Middle School, The Browning School, NY

I use ThinkGive in a class with seniors at The Spence School in NYC to help them discover the beliefs they have about giving. I hope ThinkGive stretches them to see opportunities for giving everywhere as well as to become more self-aware of their habits of giving.

dpassno@browning.edu

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Linda Rapciak

Music Teacher and Director of Community Service, The Meadowbrook School, MA

I feel blessed being part of the ThinkGive team. Sharing gifts from the heart, paying it forward, and making a difference in someone's life embraces the principles of ThinkGive. I am committed to challenge my students on a daily basis to ThinkGive.

lrapciak@meadowbrook-ma.org

Linda Rapciak

Music Teacher and Director of Community Service, The Meadowbrook School, MA

I feel blessed being part of the ThinkGive team. Sharing gifts from the heart, paying it forward, and making a difference in someone's life embraces the principles of ThinkGive. I am committed to challenge my students on a daily basis to ThinkGive.

lrapciak@meadowbrook-ma.org

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Stacey Smalley

Wellness Coordinator, The Fessenden School, MA

We brought ThinkGive to our 6th grade as part of our Wellness Program under the umbrella of empathy and Character Education. I was blown away! The life lessons of keeping gifts simple, meaningful, and part of one’s daily routine have staying power. It has been quite a meaningful journey!

ssmalley@fessenden.org

Stacey Smalley

Wellness Coordinator, The Fessenden School, MA

We brought ThinkGive to our 6th grade as part of our Wellness Program under the umbrella of empathy and Character Education. I was blown away! The life lessons of keeping gifts simple, meaningful, and part of one’s daily routine have staying power. It has been quite a meaningful journey!

ssmalley@fessenden.org

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Chaitali Thakar

Grade 5 teacher / Professional Development Coordinator, The Meadowbrook School, MA

The two ThinkGive Challenges I've had a chance to do so far with my teaching team and 5th grade students left a lasting impression. It added to the strength of our classroom community, making conscious moments each day to recognize the values that ThinkGive promotes and think beyond ourselves.

cthakar@meadowbrook-ma.org

Chaitali Thakar

Grade 5 teacher / Professional Development Coordinator, The Meadowbrook School, MA

The two ThinkGive Challenges I've had a chance to do so far with my teaching team and 5th grade students left a lasting impression. It added to the strength of our classroom community, making conscious moments each day to recognize the values that ThinkGive promotes and think beyond ourselves.

cthakar@meadowbrook-ma.org

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Reenie King

Educator, YSC Academy, PA

I believe that one of the best ways to instill a sense of purpose and empowerment in my students is to encourage them to become aware of their actions (& inactions), and to note their impact on people, communities, and environments where they spend time. When I discovered ThinkGive I knew it was a program I could easily implement in my classroom to enhance social and emotional growth.

Rking@yscacademy.com

Reenie King

Educator, YSC Academy, PA

I believe that one of the best ways to instill a sense of purpose and empowerment in my students is to encourage them to become aware of their actions (& inactions), and to note their impact on people, communities, and environments where they spend time. When I discovered ThinkGive I knew it was a program I could easily implement in my classroom to enhance social and emotional growth.

Rking@yscacademy.com

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Katelyn Rapoza

Math Teacher and Student Council Advisor, Our Sisters' School, New Bedford, MA

I believe in ThinkGive because not all students naturally know what it means to give. ThinkGive gives a concrete approach with very attainable goals that allow all students to have an access point to giving. Students are able to feel like they really truly can make a difference regardless of whether or not they have a natural knack for giving.

krapoza@oursistersschool.org

Katelyn Rapoza

Math Teacher and Student Council Advisor, Our Sisters' School, New Bedford, MA

I believe in ThinkGive because not all students naturally know what it means to give. ThinkGive gives a concrete approach with very attainable goals that allow all students to have an access point to giving. Students are able to feel like they really truly can make a difference regardless of whether or not they have a natural knack for giving.

krapoza@oursistersschool.org

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Peggy Dettlinger

Lower School Head, University Liggett School, MI

I started ThinkGive as a participant five years ago and immediately fell in love with the program. Since then I have worked alongside our school’s fourth graders as we participate in the program. It is a wonderful way for your student to think about giving and receiving gifts that come from within. The feedback from the children reflects the value of the program.

PDettlinger@uls.org

Peggy Dettlinger

Lower School Head, University Liggett School, MI

I started ThinkGive as a participant five years ago and immediately fell in love with the program. Since then I have worked alongside our school’s fourth graders as we participate in the program. It is a wonderful way for your student to think about giving and receiving gifts that come from within. The feedback from the children reflects the value of the program.

PDettlinger@uls.org

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Aleza Elles

Teacher 8th Grade Special Education/Inclusion, Pleasant Knoll Middle School, SC

ellesa@fortmillschools.org

Aleza Elles

Teacher 8th Grade Special Education/Inclusion, Pleasant Knoll Middle School, SC

ellesa@fortmillschools.org

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Bridget Hanks

5th grade teacher, Manzanita School, CA

I incorporated ThinkGive into council time for our 5th grade. The focus on giving allowed students to stretch themselves socially and emotionally as well as provided a valuable context for personal reflection on their relationships. Their sharing emboldened each other to be vulnerable and brave in their subsequent gifts. As a result of this work, relationships within the class and the student's willingness to share gratitude with others in the community were both enhanced.

bridget@manzanitaschool.org

Bridget Hanks

5th grade teacher, Manzanita School, CA

I incorporated ThinkGive into council time for our 5th grade. The focus on giving allowed students to stretch themselves socially and emotionally as well as provided a valuable context for personal reflection on their relationships. Their sharing emboldened each other to be vulnerable and brave in their subsequent gifts. As a result of this work, relationships within the class and the student's willingness to share gratitude with others in the community were both enhanced.

bridget@manzanitaschool.org

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Anna O'Brien

Teacher 8th Grade Social Studies, Pleasant Knoll Middle School, SC

Being a part of this program with my 8th grade students was a transformative experience for us all. I truly believe that we became more aware of the manner in which we both give and receive gifts of kindness. Being conscious of our actions towards others breeds intentionality so that when it comes the time to choose, we choose kind! My goal in implementing ThinkGive is for students to understand that thinking and giving kindness is not just something done for intrinsic or extrinsic reward, but that it is a way of life with its own rewards that ripple across space and time.

obriena@fortmillschools.org

Anna O'Brien

Teacher 8th Grade Social Studies, Pleasant Knoll Middle School, SC

Being a part of this program with my 8th grade students was a transformative experience for us all. I truly believe that we became more aware of the manner in which we both give and receive gifts of kindness. Being conscious of our actions towards others breeds intentionality so that when it comes the time to choose, we choose kind! My goal in implementing ThinkGive is for students to understand that thinking and giving kindness is not just something done for intrinsic or extrinsic reward, but that it is a way of life with its own rewards that ripple across space and time.

obriena@fortmillschools.org

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Sam Starr

School Social Worker, Gildersleeve School, CT

Those of us trying to teach SEL are trying to find creative ways to help students generalize the skills we teach. We need to use various modalities to help students connect to the material. Think Give created a way to connect with students using a social media platform. They can then practice kindness by supporting or liking their classmates ideas. This concept of practicing the skill taught separates Social and Emotional Learning from character education. Very current!

sstarr@portlandct.us

Sam Starr

School Social Worker, Gildersleeve School, CT

Those of us trying to teach SEL are trying to find creative ways to help students generalize the skills we teach. We need to use various modalities to help students connect to the material. Think Give created a way to connect with students using a social media platform. They can then practice kindness by supporting or liking their classmates ideas. This concept of practicing the skill taught separates Social and Emotional Learning from character education. Very current!

sstarr@portlandct.us

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Jeanne Cannarella

Fourth Grade Teacher, The Advent School, Boston, MA

The ThinkGive Challenge inspired my students to become change makers through authentic acts of kindness. Children pushed themselves outside their comfort zones into their courage zones to find opportunities to give back to the community. Students developed a strong intrinsic motivation to make a positive impact in their own lives and the lives of others.

jcannarella@adventschool.org

Jeanne Cannarella

Fourth Grade Teacher, The Advent School, Boston, MA

The ThinkGive Challenge inspired my students to become change makers through authentic acts of kindness. Children pushed themselves outside their comfort zones into their courage zones to find opportunities to give back to the community. Students developed a strong intrinsic motivation to make a positive impact in their own lives and the lives of others.

jcannarella@adventschool.org

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Kate Golden

Teacher, Seattle Waldorf School, WA

I used the ThinkGive curriculum with a group of sixth graders. I found that it gave a voice to underlying issues and concerns and helped the students focus on the positive message of gratitude and generosity. I'm looking forward to having more meaningful discussions with middle school students using this program.

kgolden@seattlewaldorf.org

Kate Golden

Teacher, Seattle Waldorf School, WA

I used the ThinkGive curriculum with a group of sixth graders. I found that it gave a voice to underlying issues and concerns and helped the students focus on the positive message of gratitude and generosity. I'm looking forward to having more meaningful discussions with middle school students using this program.

kgolden@seattlewaldorf.org

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Jon Smith

Grade 4 Teacher, Willard Elementary School, MA

The ThinkGive Program gives students the opportunity to really think about how they can be a positive member of a classroom. They learn even the smallest act of kindness can have an amazing ripple effect.

jsmith@concordps.org

Jon Smith

Grade 4 Teacher, Willard Elementary School, MA

The ThinkGive Program gives students the opportunity to really think about how they can be a positive member of a classroom. They learn even the smallest act of kindness can have an amazing ripple effect.

jsmith@concordps.org

Ambassadors

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Claire Giordano

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Claire Giordano

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Lindsey Gund

Mom, former high school teacher & coach

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Lindsey Gund

Mom, former high school teacher & coach

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Amy Hamill

Staff Attorney, The Second Step

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Amy Hamill

Staff Attorney, The Second Step

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Team Emeritus

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Sydney Hass

Web Designer

Sydney's creativity brought the Challenge from page to screen. As the ThinkGive web designer, she managed ThinkGive's visual identity.

sydney@sydneyraehass.com

Sydney Hass

Web Designer

Sydney's creativity brought the Challenge from page to screen. As the ThinkGive web designer, she managed ThinkGive's visual identity.

sydney@sydneyraehass.com

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Abby Marsh

Initial Front-End Developer

Abby is one of the biggest mind-blowing givers we know. As ThinkGive's initial front-end web developer, she gave her time and skills to bring the design to life. This girl is awesome.

abby@abbybmarsh.com

Abby Marsh

Initial Front-End Developer

Abby is one of the biggest mind-blowing givers we know. As ThinkGive's initial front-end web developer, she gave her time and skills to bring the design to life. This girl is awesome.

abby@abbybmarsh.com

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Dan Johnson

Initial Lead Developer

Dan enjoys finding ways to bring ideas to reality. Which is what he did as ThinkGive's first back-end web developer, handling the server and database technologies that made the Challenge work for our students.

dan@balancerockmedia.com

Dan Johnson

Initial Lead Developer

Dan enjoys finding ways to bring ideas to reality. Which is what he did as ThinkGive's first back-end web developer, handling the server and database technologies that made the Challenge work for our students.

dan@balancerockmedia.com


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