Cairn Guidance is proud to introduce the 2017 Dove Self-Esteem Project National Cadre members, representing thirteen states around the country.
These educators participated in a rigorous application process to represent this national cadre. They are passionate about the health, well-being and academic success of youth. The cadre members were selected from many applicants across the US and comprise a mix of both new and experienced professionals that include health teachers, physical education teachers, public health professionals, school nurses and school counselors.
During their term, the cadre will play an essential role in providing FREE professional development to educators across their region. The cadre members will provide quality support, awareness and training on the Dove Self Esteem Project called Confident Me!.
RACHEL CALLAWAY, Arizona
Rachel works for the local county health department and they help give many resources to wellness coordinators at over 100 schools. Rachel says the reason she is interested in being a Dove Ambassador is that, “I realized after researching the program that had I had this information as a pre-teen, I may have had more success during those troubling years.”
ANGIE RODGERS, Idaho
Angie is a middle school health and physical education teacher. Angie says “middle school is the most awkward stage of life and self-esteem can be made or broken during this time period. It is crucial to show this age group critical thinking skills about the media and social skills to deal with the pressures of puberty.” She also says, “Positive self-esteem is important because it creates humans that are more effective and productive. With positive self-esteem people respond to others and themselves in healthy and positive ways. IN the end this creates a better society.”
BRETT DELANEY, Iowa
Brett teaches middles school students and coach softball. “Self-esteem, body image, and body confidence is something that is addressed on a daily basis. Finding a way to make a personal connection to the individual or situation is the most important step to the ability to teaching/ helping others. The opportunity to share the power of this program is very intriguing. Most times when people think of body image, self-esteem, and body confidence they think of females. Being a male I think I could bring a unique experience to influence others to address all parties present in a given classroom.”
Brandon Wolff, Kansas
Brandon is a Middle School Physical Education and Health teacher and coach of football, basketball and track. “Self-esteem must be the FOUNDATION of helping students understand themselves and their fitness. My goal is for students to be physically active for a lifetime, but I must focus on EACH student's INDIVIDUAL NEEDS. Being a Dove Ambassador will help me become a better advocate for students. This opportunity allows me to spread a message about the importance of self-esteem among kids especially middle schoolers.”
DANIELLE PETRUCCI, Massachusetts
Danielle is a middle school Life Skills teacher giving students a chance to think about who they are today and what kind of adult they want to become socially, emotionally, physically, and academically. Danielle said, “I was interested in becoming a Dove ambassador to help young girls and boys understand that their worth goes far beyond their body image. When they break through the barriers of negative body talk, they can begin to thrive in life where nothing holds them back.”
MONICA COLEMAN, Mississippi
Monica works with school staff to reduce teen pregnancy and STDS. She is also counsels middle school students. Monica says the Dove Self-Esteem Project fits in nicely to the work she is already doing.
KELLE CARBONE, New York
Kelle is a special educator and believes that discussions regarding body confidence and self-care are far and few between within the field. Kelle says, “I truly wish to promote holistic education to students who are often not considered regarding topics of sexuality and the body.” He says he became interested in being a Dove Ambassador because “as someone who identifies as a member of the LGBT community, I realized the dire importance of body confidence education in order to create inclusive and safe environments.”
TARA COOPER, New Jersey
Tara is a middle school health and physical education teacher. She is also a track coach, CPR instructor, personal trainer/ group exercise instructor and now a new mom. Tara says, “Feeling good about yourself in body, mind and spirit is crucial at any age, but especially those in the middle school years. Working in a middle school I wanted to jump at the opportunity to share this powerful program and message to may students and colleagues.”
MARGARET HORNBECK, New Mexico
Margaret is a middle school physical education teacher. She is also a coaches soccer and most recently finished her National Board Certification. Margaret is excited for this adventure with the Dove Self-Esteem Project.
SHELLY KLUTZ, North Carolina
Shelly works as a school nurse in which they teach 5th grade puberty and reproductive health. Self image is part of there curriculum as well. She also works one on one with students who suffer from eating disorders. Shelly says “ I struggled with positive self-esteem as a teenage myself. Once of my reasons of going into school nursing (nursing in general) was to work with students and hope to be a positive influence in their lives. This school year we had a student with an eating disorder pass away. So this project cam at a good time for school system.”
KYLIE PYBUS, Oregon
Kylie works with high school students at Milwaukie and Rex Putnam High Schools every day. Kylie says “We have conversations about self-confidence, stress, mental health, and so much more. I am excited to collaborate with Cairn Guidance and the Dove Self- Esteem Program to further this work.”
ANNETTE FECERA, Pennsylvania
Annette teaches high school health and loves every minute of it! She says, “As a female, I can definitely relate to having issues with self-esteem especially with the messages that the media sends. I want to help students who may have the same struggles!”