Melissa Beressi, M.Ed. has been working as an educator for over 25 years beginning as an undergraduate at UCLA in the Young Autism Project through 10 years as an elementary school teacher and 15 years as a teacher coach and workshop presenter for Palo Alto Unified School District. Melissa is passionate about education in general and social and emotional learning in particular. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education, both from UCLA. She is a parent to two teenagers, and has found that to be the most challenging and rewarding job yet. She is thrilled to now be working with Christine Carter’s Raising Happiness research and curriculum.
Christine Carter, Ph.D. is a sociologist, author, and happiness expert at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, an interdisciplinary research center that "translates" the study of happiness, resilience, and emotional intelligence for the public. Dr. Carter is the author of two books: Raising Happiness and The Sweet Spot. Best known for her science-based parenting advice, Dr. Carter blogs regularly for Greater Good, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. Carter has been quoted in dozens of national online and print publications, including the magazines Working Mother, American Baby, Parents, and Parenting, and The Boston Globe and The New York Times. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Rachael Ray morning show, and NPR. Carter speaks regularly to parents, grandparents, and teachers; she has been a keynote speaker at Harvard University and numerous other schools and professional groups. She has two children and lives with her family near San Francisco.