Our vision is to build a community of qualified instructors within the academy around the world who believe in the duty of care we have to our next generation. We are instructors of integrity and will play a vital role in eliminating the cognitive bias toward violence in order to bring peaceful solutions. We are the solution to unplugging a plugged in generation.
Becoming a part of our instructor family, you get the ability to bring our proven model to your local community. Helping support our next generation.
Our instructors are aimed to be a global network of people that have a true passion for the wellbeing of our next generation. They have gone through our qualification process and are now building their ELMA community.
If you would like to be a part of our global team please read our instructor program qualification.
OUR VISION OF INSTRUCTORS GLOBAL COMMUNITY
CHILDREN GRADUATED FROM OUR PROGRAMS
Meet our instructors
Beth is a Mama to four beautiful children aged 6,5,4 and 3 years of age. She is a registered Primary School Teacher and is a Qualified Kids Rainbow Yoga Instructor and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher. Beth is deeply passionate about food, nutrition and holistic health and is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Naturopathy at Endeavour College in Western Australia.Her belief is in helping and healing the whole person by addressing all aspects of life which include our thoughts, movement, nutrition, breathing, hydration and sleep.“Being a qualified ELMA instructor allows me to break down these 6 pillars and simplify them so children gain a deeper understanding of their thoughts and feelings through movement, breath work and nutrition in a fun, warm and interactive environment.”
Territory: City Beach and Surrounds, Western Australia
Tenille Bentley is the founder of the Emotional Literacy and Mindfulness Academy, Author of the Jazzy and Pinky book and also a practicing instructor.
She has graduated more than 200 children through the program with the goal to eliminate the cognitive bias towards violence within two generations by unplugging a plugged in generation.
Tenille was recognised by the Prime minister for her work and inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame amongst many other awards. However her passion was driven by asking herself the question on how do we make sustainable change? The kids academy was the answer she was given.
Territory: Mount Hawthorn and Surrounds, Western Australia
Laura Ainsworth is a mum of two, an incredible primary school teacher with over 20years experience and she is teaching children in Year 3 currently. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education and a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Education. She is passionate about holistic health, gardening and sustainable living and am also a Reiki therapist.Laura loves being able to support children to learn how to be their own best and nurture their connection to themselves, each other and to nature.
” As a mum of two teenagers and 20 years teaching in primary schools I have seen first hand just how valuable and beneficial it is for children to learn about their emotions and how to manage them in empowering ways. As part of the ELMA team, I look forward to encouraging these understandings and skills to grow through fun, games, music, stories and movement. The tools and strategies children learn will nurture a foundation of life long understandings about their emotions and wellbeing.”
Territory: Mundaring and surrounds, Western Australia
Leticia has a mixed background, working in Biochemistry Research; as a Yoga Instructor and as an Early Childhood Educator. Over 10 years experience on Meditation Practices and Reiki Healing, she is energetic and passionate about promoting health and wellbeing.
The pursue of self knowledge and self improvement has taken her through Yoga and Pranayma, EFT, NLP as well as Ayurveda. She is an advocate of working with your own awareness to reach a complete control of body and mind.
Her training includes: Montessori teaching : online introduction course as well as 2 years role with an Early Education Montessori Centre (Smart Start), 3 years as an Early Childhood Educator, 2 years Yoga Instructor, 2 years in Biochem Research – Oxidation of DNA research and 1 year of Yoga with babies and toddlers experience.
“Being fully present, aware and positive on each interaction, supporting each child through their development and discovery of these beautiful world.
I have worked as an educator for the last 3 years; recently joining Elma’s journey to support little people’s journeys.“
Amanda is a mother of two beautiful boys and has experienced the program as a parent, feeling so inspired she has now joined our team of instructors.
Teaching yoga, emotional wellbeing and mindfulness is her contribution to creating more connection, nurturing and kindness in the world.
As a yoga and mindfulness coach I bring fun and awareness to teaching kids and families a balanced practice of connection, calm and joy. With engaging classes, children have fun learning about their bodies, breath and building clear minds.
She has been working with children since 2017 in the area of mindfulness, wellbeing and yoga. Prior to this she was a business advisor, auditing and business improvement working across organisation to improve their performance.
Territory: Mandurah and Surrounds, Western Australia
Michelle Jorgensen has been passionate about connecting with and helping children ever since she can remember. As a child, she made a promise to herself of bringing the wonder, enthusiasm and magic of childhood to everything she would do as an adult. And she has kept that promise….
Michelle worked for many years as a dentist treating mainly children. Her easy-going, calm and reassuring manner put each child at ease. While she was performing their treatment, she would use breathing and meditation techniques, stories and songs to ensure they were relaxed and would have a positive and happy experience.
When her first child was born, Michelle hung up her clinic coat to become a stay-at-home mother. Now her children are aged 3, 6 and 8 and it’s their turn to use breathing, meditation, stories and songs to become grounded, relaxed and ready to learn.
In her spare time, Michelle loves blowing bubbles with her children, while watching her two chickens Cheepy and Blackberry scratch around in the yard. Michelle also has a passion for flowers and is currently studying Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging.
“I feel privileged and grateful to join the other ELMA instructors in connecting with and helping children, especially those with learning differences, to gain the skills they need to thrive in today’s world.”
Territory: Stafford Heights and Surrounds, Brisbane, Queensland
Lisa Miller is a Mum of two children Jackson aged 13 and Sarah aged 10. After seeking her own spiritual development in the last 15 years, Lisa has evolved from her usual trade of Hairdressing, to studying the healing arts, and created a beautiful space for her clientele and their families called The Botanical Hair Therapist. From completing a varying list of personal discovery Healing practices such as Transcendental Meditation, Indian Head Massage, Reiki & Universal Rays Healing and Australian Bush Flower Essences, the Emotional Literacy and Mindfulness program, came to her quite organically, as the perfect next step in being able to share this wisdom and knowledge with the children in her community.
Her passion for helping children understand their emotional world, is close to her heart, as the program aligns perfectly with her own journey as an empathic child
Territory: Pearsall and Surrounds, Western Australia
April’s professional career has spanned more than 20 years where she has worked in small business as well as global Fortune 500 Corporations in the USA and Australia. She is the former Director of Strategic Planning and Risk Management for a multi-national engineering construction company. As a certified NLP Master Practitioner and coach, April has now embarked on a new journey.
April has always been passionate about working on her emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing. Her interest in health and fitness goes back to her early high school years when she joined an all-women’s gym and played competitive tennis. Since then, she has gone on to compete in triathlon, cycling, running, and powerlifting events. In 2015, April become a professional fitness model by winning at the Natural Olympia World Championships in Las Vegas.
It is her never-ending drive and ambition that push her forward.
April’s new journey is focused on helping and guiding others. Her greatest satisfaction has always come from leaving an everlasting positive impact on the lives of those around her.
Territory: Claremont and Surrounds, Western Australia
Claudette is an experienced Social Worker of 17 years and mum to two beautiful children 7yrs and 4yrs. She has a background in children, youth and family counselling, child consultancy and team leading.
Behind the scenes Claudette is passionate about using music and creative arts in such a way that holistically reaches out to children, young people and their families.
Territory: Joondalup and Surrounds, Western Australia