Ari Magnusson is the creator of the CirclePoint Bullying Prevention Program. He is also the bullying prevention educator for the Massachusetts General Hospital's life skills program offered in Boston-area schools. An author and researcher, Ari’s focus has been on developing practical and effective bullying prevention strategies and processes based on current peer-reviewed research in the fields of bullying, psychology, and education for administrators, teachers, parents, and students. His books and writings on the subject include the CirclePoint materials, various blogs pieces and opinion articles, and Bitopia, a bullying-related middle grade novel named one of the best books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews. His books have been used in schools across the United States.
Michele Davis is the principal of the Warren Prescott K-8 School in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and a 17-year veteran teacher of elementary school children. She has held numerous leadership roles including assistant principal of the James F. Condon Elementary School and principal of the Patrick J. Kennedy School. She has a passion for her school community and is committed to providing an exceptional education and experience to the entire school population.
Karen Elias is the Teacher in Charge and a kindergarten teacher at the Warren Prescott K-8 School in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Dr. Domenic G. Amara is the former Academic Superintendent for Middle and K-8 schools of the Boston Public School District. Prior to that role, he was the principal of the Warren Prescott K-8 School in Charlestown for 21 years after teaching science in the East Boston High School.
Izzy Kalman is a nationally certified school psychologist who has been working in schools and private practice for almost four decades. He has developed fun and effective methods to teach basic psychological principles for solving bullying, aggression, and relationship problems. He has written numerous books and articles about bullying, is a critic of bullying prevention programs, and is a frequent contributor to Psychology Today. He has written extensively on the problems inherent in the law-enforcement approach to bullying that has taken hold in American society since the Columbine massacre in 1999.