We are an approved service vendor for Blue Ridge Academy
Welcome to the Arise & Shine Center. We provide heart-based education and enrichment for kids. We teach the whole person through our Centering Curriculum, designed to help kids become life champions!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR OUR SUMMER PROGRAMS!
To book your spot, please email Berklie at AriseShineOffice@gmail.com
Take a look at our booking process here.
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Meet The Team
Jimmy is the Founder and CEO of The Arise and Shine Center. Jimmy created the Centering Curriculum based on perennial successes working with kids. He specializes in social-emotional care. His mission is to help as many kids as possible become Life Champions. The launch of the Arise and Shine Center is part of what he sees as an emerging new and better education model. Jimmy began meditating in 1999, working with kids in 2010, and started the business in 2017.
Berklie provides office and admin support to The Arise & Shine Center team. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. In the past, she has worked with pre-k children in the classroom and has coached and taught swim lessons to kids of all ages. In her spare time, Berklie enjoys snow and water sports and overseas travel with her family.
Katie Motta, based on the East Coast, joined the Arise & Shine team in 2021. She recently graduated summa cum laude with a Photography degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Katie runs the Arise & Shine website, social media, and marketing while simultaneously starting her own Marketing, Web Design and Photography Company called Alluring Media Co.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Lucy has been SO engaged! She has been coming to me weekly to share her poetry. Her enthusiasm and participation are off the charts, especially compared to when she was doing distanced learning at her traditional school. Thank you for helping her!”
— Tori P.
Josh Galitsky has a Master of Arts in Theatre Education and is a passionate, empowering, and empathetic teacher/coach. Josh creates safe, creative, and vibrant playgrounds using imagination, original story narrative, and unique character play to help guide children into confidently exploring their joys, strengths, and skills.
Josh says, “Nothing fulfills me more than helping children grow and explore through using their imaginations. I live my teaching life through the idea that ‘children see magic because they look for it.’ It is my job, our job, to make sure that this curiosity for all things magical stays intact and ever-flourishing, and there is no better way to do this than by being a grownup who retains their own childlike awe and shares with kids that yes, magic very much does exist, even when you get older!”
Melody has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling. She has worked as a behavior therapist and supervisor in private homes, elementary school classrooms, and enrichment learning centers providing behavior, social/emotional, and academic support. She has been a private tutor for over fifteen years and has worked with students who tested above and below grade level as well as students with learning disabilities.
Melody also has over five years of experience as a full-time homeschool teacher. She is patient, compassionate, and caring while ensuring a safe and trusting learning environment for her students. Her passion for helping children succeed and achieve their educational goals is displayed in her work ethic and is her philosophy for a successful learning experience.