Bullying Academy

About the Bullying Acadmey

Mission Statement

The Bullying Adademy-Students in the Know Foundation is a non-profit foundation created to educate students about current issues in an effort to improve the future quality of our community at large.

Executive Director

Tommy Walser
Tommy Walser is the Executive Director of the Students in the Know Foundation as well as program founder of the Bullying Academy. He is originally from the south Florida area, attaining a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami School of Business in 2010. He is currently attending New York University School of Law and is scheduled to graduate in 2013.

In leading the Bullying Adademy team, Tommy utilizes his experience in non-profit management from his position as Program Director/Executive Assistant for the Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach (ECOMB, Inc.). Developing current organizational objectives, as well as planning for the future progression of SITK, his mission is to educate students about pressing issues affecting our new generation of children. The three general areas of focus are bullying, healthy lifestyle choices and growing environmental concerns. Tommy explains that, through Students in the Know Foundation, "he aims to create programs which are both effective in tracking progress of learning, but that are also immediately available to students across all communities."

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Expertise & References:

Meline Kevorkian, Ed.D

Meline Kevorkian, Ed.D is the author of many books including Tackling Bullying in Athletics, 101 Facts About Bullying: What Everyone Should Know, Preventing Bullying: Helping Kids Form Positive Relationships and Six Secrets for Parents to Help Their Kids Achieve in School. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Academic Review at Nova Southeastern University. She is a former board member of the International Bullying Prevention Association and columnist at The Miami Herald (Broward). Meline presents regularly on best practices in bullying prevention, cyber bullying and numerous topics facing educators, parents and students in today's schools. Her experience includes teaching and administrative positions in both public and private schools from preschool through university level. Her research focuses on best practices in bullying prevention, school safety and academic achievement. She has been featured on the TODAY show, CNN, NBC, FOX, CBS, WSVN, Mom Talk Radio, WLRN Public Television, BlueSuitMom.com and the National PTA.

To learn more please visit: www.preventingbullying.com

Dr. Adele Besner

Dr. Adele Besner works alongside our team to develop effective and engaging content for the Bullying Academy program, with specific attention being paid to developing effective communication between adults and children, as well as eliminating violence in all situations surrounding bullying. All content included in the quizzes, as well as the general layout of the scavenger hunt learning links have been designed and approved to achieve maximum retention of our programs objectives within a limited amount of time provided for in a classroom setting.

Dr. Besner has been a licensed psychologist since 1984, with areas of expertise including issues surrounding communication, interpersonal relationships and parenting. Her Psych Group administers workshops such as "Dealing with Bullying" and "Uniquely U: Building Confidence, Self-Esteem, Communication and Leadership Skills for Teens and Young People."

She is also involved with ACT Training. The Adults and Children Together Against Violence (Act) program was developed by the American Psychological Association and is designed to educate families to create safe and healthy environments for their children.

To learn more please visit: www.besners.com

Meridith Gould, Ph.D

Meridith Gould has more than 15 years of experience in curricula design and educational consulting. She has an MS in Dispute Resolution and a Ph.D in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She has worked many organizations and schools (Miami Dade Schools, Boys and Girls Club, Cool Girls, Back on Track Diversion Program, Ben Marion Institute, Strong Women Strong Girls etc.) She has served as a program director, educational consultant, trainer and educator for many non-profits, universities, youth organizations, camps, public and private schools.

She is also a certified trainer of diversity, peer-mediation, youth violence, bullying prevention, dating abuse, and violence prevention. She has been trained in more than 5 tolerance education models and has extensive experience working with students, educators, staff and parents of all identity groups. Meridith has served as a key note speaker at at-risk youth and bullying prevention conferences locally and nationally. Dr. Gould's "Empower Me: Adolescent Girls" curricula is implemented at many youth serving organizations and schools in the United States and Kenya.

She is affiliated faculty at Nova Southeastern University in the Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health and Justice. She has also taught at Emory University, CUNY-John Jay College, University of Calgary, University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Spelman College.