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About


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About


Our Story

In 2015, ASSET began as a 10-week workshop series at New Vista High School in Boulder, CO. The simple mission of the workshop: equip students with to the tools to be resilient in times of stress. Word spread of ASSET’s impact, and ASSET was invited to the Denver School of Science and Technology: Green Valley Ranch Campus (DSST:GVR), one of fifty-five high schools in the country to earn the National Blue Ribbon Award from the Department of Education. At DSST:GVR, ASSET began implementing 5-15 minute lesson plans in U.S. History classes for the entire 11th grade. Students who experienced ASSET’s program as part of their academic classes had dramatic improvements in test scores—5% higher test averages and 81% growth rate in the students earning As and Bs. 

In the winter of 2016, ASSET won the Denver Public Schools’ Design Challenge and the Imaginarium Innovation Lab provided a grant for ASSET to train a group of teachers in the program and scale to 9 additional public schools. With the Imaginarium's financial support, ASSET launched a summer training institute in July of 2016. In January of 2017, the Imaginarium Innovation Lab launched a 2-month study following 2 teachers in 2 different schools implementing ASSET on a biweekly basis. Most recently, Mr. & Mrs. Harold McGraw III catalyzed ASSET’s efforts to bring the program to the New York City community and launch a program in Harlem.

*Results from the Imaginarium's study can be found in the 'Impact' section of the website. 

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Program


Program


ASSET Goes To School

Our program is designed to equip teachers with the tools to help their students mitigate anxiety in the present and build resilience for the future. We train our teachers, provide them with a curriculum of lesson plans, and work with each school to study the outcomes of ASSET's implementation. 

Training 

Our training includes an education in different anxiety manifestations in students as well as learning all of the curriculum modules: mindfulness, positive psychology, Emotional Freedom Technique, sensory tools, positive self-talk. We also have teachers role-play different classroom scenarios and lessons plans. 

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Curriculum

Each teacher trained in the program receives ASSET's curriculum of 23 lesson plans, additional resources, and profile map to help different students in the fight or flight response. 

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Data Tracking

We've partnered with the Denver Public Schools Imaginarium Innovation Lab to launch our second case study providing each school with a report of ASSET's impact. 

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Team


Team


Tessa Zimmerman Founder, Executive Director Tessa founded ASSET because she grew up with severe anxiety in the classroom. When she was anxious and ask an educator for help, the best they could offer her was a stress ball. Tessa found that incredibly frustrating. She started ASSET to equip teachers with effective tools to help their students cope with stress and anxiety. Tessa believed that emotional wellbeing shouldn't take a backseat to academics hence why ASSET is designed to be implemented in regular classes. She has been recognized by Forbes as a “wildly successful millennial with an untraditional education narrative.” Tessa's first book, I Am Tessa, was released in January 2017 by One Idea Press. Tessa holds a B.S. in Social Entrepreneurship from Watson University and Lynn University.   

Tessa Zimmerman

Founder, Executive Director

Tessa founded ASSET because she grew up with severe anxiety in the classroom. When she was anxious and ask an educator for help, the best they could offer her was a stress ball. Tessa found that incredibly frustrating. She started ASSET to equip teachers with effective tools to help their students cope with stress and anxiety. Tessa believed that emotional wellbeing shouldn't take a backseat to academics hence why ASSET is designed to be implemented in regular classes. She has been recognized by Forbes as a “wildly successful millennial with an untraditional education narrative.” Tessa's first book, I Am Tessawas released in January 2017 by One Idea Press. Tessa holds a B.S. in Social Entrepreneurship from Watson University and Lynn University. 

 

Gowtami Gorti Communications Intern Gowtami is very excited to be a part of the ASSET team! She feels blessed that she is able to be part of something that can help so many people. She will be starting University of Washington in the fall and is hoping to major in finance. In her spare time, Gowtami loves to dance, laugh, and be with her friends and family.  She is looking forward to see what the future holds for ASSET!

Gowtami Gorti

Communications Intern

Gowtami is very excited to be a part of the ASSET team! She feels blessed that she is able to be part of something that can help so many people. She will be starting University of Washington in the fall and is hoping to major in finance. In her spare time, Gowtami loves to dance, laugh, and be with her friends and family.  She is looking forward to see what the future holds for ASSET!

Brent Modak Program Director As a teacher, Brent experienced a gap: he witnessed his students immense anxiety and saw his colleagues have a great desire to help, but lacked the resources to be able to. His education leadership journey began as an ACE Teaching Fellow in which he served one of the most under-resourced schools in Denver for two years. The past four years, Brent has served as an 11th grade team lead and U.S. History Teacher at the Denver School of Science and Technology: Green Valley Ranch Campus, which is regarded as the top high school in Denver. 

Brent Modak

Program Director

As a teacher, Brent experienced a gap: he witnessed his students immense anxiety and saw his colleagues have a great desire to help, but lacked the resources to be able to. His education leadership journey began as an ACE Teaching Fellow in which he served one of the most under-resourced schools in Denver for two years. The past four years, Brent has served as an 11th grade team lead and U.S. History Teacher at the Denver School of Science and Technology: Green Valley Ranch Campus, which is regarded as the top high school in Denver. 

Suellen Inwood Board President Suellen Inwood earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders/Learning Disabilities at Northwestern University and her Master’s in Education for Pre-K –12 at Southern Connecticut.  She is a founding parent of Easton Country Day School and one of the school’s two administrators. Her thirty years of teaching experience includes Pre-School at Cooperative Educational Services and numerous grades at Fairfield public schools. At ASSET Education, we call her the "child whisperer." 

Suellen Inwood

Board President

Suellen Inwood earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders/Learning Disabilities at Northwestern University and her Master’s in Education for Pre-K –12 at Southern Connecticut.  She is a founding parent of Easton Country Day School and one of the school’s two administrators. Her thirty years of teaching experience includes Pre-School at Cooperative Educational Services and numerous grades at Fairfield public schools. At ASSET Education, we call her the "child whisperer."