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Thomas Westenholz
Founder
Thomas is passionate about creating innovative solutions to improve and revolutionise education. As a serial entrepreneur, past businesses include a healthcare solution in Denmark that improved workforce engagement, health and productivity. He moved to the UK in 2005 and founded Empire Claims and now Positive Edge Education.

Thomas had long felt a strong frustration at seeing many talented students disengage with education instead of fulfilling their potential.

Over the last 15 years he has developed a deep passion for education. His interest in psychology, neuroscience and learning theory lead him to the idea of merging the latest research with technology to create engaging programs to help all students fulfil their potential.

When Thomas became a father he spent 7 months in intensive care with his son. It sparked the idea to start Positive Edge Education, developing educational programs that inspire, engage and provide the tools to adapt and flourish in a rapidly changing world.

In order to create a holistic educational program that addresses the challenges faced by schools on all levels, Thomas needed a group of professional teachers, educators and researchers to help make the Positive Edge model a reality.


Patty O'Grady
Program development

Patty O’Grady, Ph.D. is a Professor at the University of Tampa where she teaches human development courses. She is an expert in the area of neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology with special attention to the educational arena.

She brings more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, researcher, writer and trainer.

Dr. O’Grady’s recent book, Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom, published by W. W. Norton & Company (2013), is a manual for teachers.

Over the years, Dr. O’Grady focused her work on helping educators better understand and promote the neuro-affective aspects of learning and accomplishment. She is committed to insuring that educators nurture the developmental assets that predict student success, understand the importance of affective learning, and promote the school positive psychology movement.

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Orly Wahba
Advisor

Orly is a teacher, educator, entrepreneur, award-winning film maker and TED speaker. In 2011, Orly founded Life Vest Inside, a non-profit kindness organization.

Orly spent 8 years as a school teacher and managed to reach the children that were categorised as unteachable

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Stuart Gomes
School Advisor

Stuart have spent the last 11 years in the education sector; firstly as a college lecturer specialising in English as a Second Language at an “Oustanding” FE college.

More recently Stuart had an advisory role where he was fortunate enough to work with and meet some of the top names in education including Carol Dweck, John Hattie and Barry Hymer. It was in this latter role where Stuart discovered Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset theory and he started to use the techniques and terminology with his daughter. Upon seeing the difference it made, this led him to wanting to play a more direct part in bringing innovative teaching and learning ideas to schools worldwide. His experience as a classroom practitioner has given him an insight into the demands of daily life in education and means he is passionate about being involved in projects which really work in education.

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Jan Gerhards
Game based learning

Jan his Masters at Cambridge University.

Jan spent a year working as a Teaching Associate in a London school.

He is using technology to create a game-based, hands-on science teaching programme for the KS3 curriculum.

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Sherria Hoskins
Advisor

Dr Sherria Hoskins has a PhD in learning and teaching.

She is the Head of the Department of Psychology at Portsmouth University.

Sherria is a researcher and helps progress education through scientific research. She has just completed a big study of 50 schools implementing Growth Mindset in the UK.

In 2004 she was awarded a University Teaching and Learning Fellowship for her contribution to teaching and learning and in 2013 she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy

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Renee Jain
Advisor

Renee has an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and has worked with thousands of adults and children to help them get better results.

As an expert in psychology and human potential she is currently delivering Social and Emotional learning programs in 200 schools.

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Aleksandar Cocek
Web developer

Aleksandar is our technical wizard. He is developing our e-learning portal where schools and students access our programs.

He is a backend developer and project manager and his job is to make it easy and fun for you to learn.

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Ian & Dominic
Film Producers

Ian & Dominic Higgins are the creative magicians responsible for our video productions. Their first film The Wolf Who Came in from the Cold, won “Best Animation” at one of Hollywood’s first all-digital film festivals.

Since then they have produced, directed, written and edited two other award winning short films, The 13th Day and All That Remains.

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