About Us

I am a positive Educator...




Our Founders


Renee Jain


Renee Jain is one of the nation’s most respected childhood happiness and resilience experts, and the founder of GoZen! She uses her many talents, specialized education, and business acumen in pursuit of her life’s mission: To provide whole-brain education to all children, regardless of where they live or of their families’ socioeconomic background.

Renee is recognized as a pioneer in marrying technology and child psychology in a unique approach that nurtures the hearts and minds of kids. Through her writing, product invention and development, masterclasses for parents, and children’s advocacy, she works to build the emotional intelligence of kids, including resilience, empathy, kindness, and critical thinking.

Renee earned her Master’s degree in Positive Psychology – the scientific study of optimal human functioning – from the University of Pennsylvania. She is one of fewer than 400 people to attain that degree. She also has been mentored by – and regularly collaborates with – some of the top depression prevention experts in the world.

Emiliya is the CEO and founder of The Flourishing Center, a New York City-based, Benefit Corporation (B-Corp) that is dedicated to increasing the flourishing of individuals, organizations and communities worldwide. She is the creator of the acclaimed Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program offered in 11 cities across the U.S., Canada and online worldwide which has trained over 700 practitioners to date. She is the creator of the Bounce Back BetterTM (B3) Program, Positive Psychology Coaching Certification, Flourishing Skills Group® (FSG®) Program, creator of the iMMi Program, creator of the PERMA-V Model and the 5i Change Agent Model.

Emiliya holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Positive Psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University, where she also an adjunct faculty member. Emiliya holds a PCC credential with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), as well as over a dozen certifications in modalities ranging from coaching to yoga, motivational interviewing and more.


Emiliya Zhivotovskaya


Lead Trainer

Lina Maria Aristizabal is a certified teacher, wellbeing coach, and educator. She is committed to transforming schools into places where children and youth are given the tools and practice to become their best selves, for themselves, for each other, and for the greater community. She also thrives on sharing the tools of wellbeing to those who need it most in their lives. 

Lina Maria was an elementary teacher for seven years before her training in positive psychology and positive education. She has since been sharing her knowledge and skills with teachers, individuals, and groups.

Lina Maria loves city life with frequent trips into nature. She enjoys cycling, picnics in parks with friends, creative writing, ukulele playing and following her curiosities to learn more about the world.  After an adventurous decade living abroad, she is happy to be staying in one spot, building connections and living her purpose.


Lina Maria Aristizabal

Our Certified Trainers

(contact info@thecenterforpositiveeducation.com to connect with a trainer in your region)

Amber Forrester

New Jersey, USA

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Jodi Mulholland

New Jersey, USA

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Sara Steinweiss

New York, USA


Angie Shearer

Aberdeen, GB

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Leighton Schreyer

Ontario, Canada

Marina (1)

Sandra Brower

New York, USA


Cindy Dang

Vancouver, CAN


Katie Ashburner



Line Birkley

Notodden, Norway


Dan Wolf

Illinois, USA

Kim (1)

Kimberly Anderson

Oklahoma, USA


Marina Hood

California, USA


Erin Kline

Vancouver, CAN


Lauren Zimmerman

New Hampshire


Natasha Wissanji



Hanna Redpath Kidd

Ontario, Canada


Libby Dalrymple

Ontario, Canada


Sue Easton

Ontario, Canada

Patty Ehret

Patricia Ehret

Philadelphia, PA


Over 1500 schools positively impacted to date

The Center for Positive Education (formerly PositiveEducator.org) was founded by Emiliya Zhivotovskaya (The Flourishing Center) and Renee Jain (GoZen!). Both of these entrepreneurial psychology pioneers have their Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from UPenn. Emiliya was part of the team who, under Martin Seligman, innovated the science of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School (GGS). In 2017, after seeing a need to help educators and students be more proactive about their wellbeing,  they began certifying educators.

We recognized that there was a need to create policy and standards for the science and application of Positive Education. With that in mind we have recently launched the Center for Positive Education whose mission is to educate and certify teachers but on a grander scale, we will offer a designation of “Positive Education Certified School” to schools who meet a standard. This standard in a work in progress- we are creating an advisory board of researchers, experts in each domain of Positive Education as well as flagship schools. Together we will attempt to wrap a North American standard around the recommendations from the World Government Summit on how to implement Positive Education. Their recommendations include:

  1. Contextual and cultural immersion an understanding
  2. Multi-stakeholder engagement
  3. Needs and goals assessment
  4. Quantitative baseline measurement
  5. Curricular development and adaptation
  6. Training of educators
  7. Curriculum implementation
  8. Ongoing training and embedding
  9. Post-intervention measurement and ongoing impact evaluation
  10. Evidence-based policy design and legal institutional embeddedness
  11. Large scale policy implementation
  12. Ongoing evidence-based evaluation adaptation and evolution

Our certifications are one of many ways to meet the 6th criterion. The differentiating factor between our certification and most others is the action plan that answers the question “now what?”.  We have heard from many educators who complete a training that they still don’t understand what to do in their classroom. Our goal is to ensure our grads have all the training and tools they need accessible online as well as a tribe of like-minded educators sharing similar goals. We don’t want grads to “reinvent the wheel”. We have worksheets, books and a video library as well as extensive bonus material designed to help a teacher make sure the work is unique for their context and school.

Why You Should Have a Certified Positive Educator on Your Team

  • To promote whole-school wellbeing literacy.
  • To ensure SEL initiatives are cohesive & integrated.
  • To promote character development.
  • To provide a foundation for diversity & inclusion.
  • To show your community mental health is a priority.
  • To transform school stress into resilience.

Want to join our team?