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Get to know us

At Ariser we believe that all kids already embody greatness - and it is our mission to support, honor, and nurture them as they grow through childhood so they never lose sight of how amazing they are. With an emphasis on teaching through connection (what we call heart-based mentoring), we focus on the whole child to nurture authenticity, self-awareness and acceptance, resilience, collaboration and leadership skills, and social-emotional intelligence. 

How we do it

At Ariser we believe that all kids already embody greatness - and it is our mission to support, honor, and nurture them as they grow through childhood so they never lose sight of how amazing they are. With an emphasis on teaching through connection (what we call heart-based mentoring), we focus on the whole child to nurture authenticity, self-awareness and acceptance, resilience, collaboration and leadership skills, and social-emotional intelligence. 

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  1. Something that serves as a guiding principle

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Jimmy

Jimmy Murn 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.  Arise Shine Center has been his sole focus since 2020.

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Gaby

Gaby, born and raised in New York City, has been working with children and families in the greater Los Angeles area for over four years. At the Arise & Shine Center, Gaby can be found doing anything from mentoring/tutoring one-on-one with a client, to co-teaching a group of Bright Knights students, to appearing as a character to support the immersive narratives told through Bright Knights Adventure. Currently majoring in Early Childhood Development at SMC, Gaby comes armed with 6+ years of professional experience with children spanning from infancy to late adolescence. She is board-certified Behavior Technician, specializing in one-one-one Applied Behavioral Analysis for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disorders. Gaby is dedicated to the careful art of nurturing a fun, safe and connected space for kids to be themselves and grow along the way!

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Mr. G

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.”

Meet The ariser Team

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Erin

Erin is a board-certified Doctor of Audiology who specializes in working with children. She has been a practicing clinical audiologist in the greater Los Angeles area for over 15 years and recently started her own audiology consulting business. Erin grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Los Angeles to begin her career helping people to hear and communicate better in the world around them. She is also a professor at California State University Los Angeles mentoring doctoral level students and guiding them on their path to become grounded and compassionate audiologists. Erin has loved being around kids and caring for others since her babysitting days starting at age 8. For the past two years, she has been helping as a co-teacher in the world of Omnia with the Bright Knights and recently obtained her ASC Teacher Training certificate. 

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Alberto

Alberto Suarez is an educator and actor who is also involved behind the scenes in music & film production.  He likes to make time for volunteer work.  Born in Ecuador, he was raised in Los Angeles surrounded by a family of educators, musicians, and school administrators.  He has over 7 years experience working in the Los Angeles Public Unified School District (LAUSD) in various roles.  As a student and as a staff member in both public and private educational institutions, and as a member of Arise & Shine Center, he has built a broad perspective and unique skill set that makes him particularly equipped to foster connection, imagination, critical thinking, curiosity, and kindness.

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Yvonne

Yvonne’s passion has always centered around giving children space to be fully expressed and seen. She enjoys empowering all children, including her daughter, Annabelle, to reach their full potential, seeking out all they can based on their natural curiosity, love of discovery, and the joy of learning. Yvonne has a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (pre K- adult), her Masters in Literacy, Echo Parenting Certification, and ASC Teacher Training Certificate. Yvonne has taught preschoolers through 4th graders in New York and California, tutored, facilitated literature circles, conducted parenting workshops, and privately coached parents through challenges in order for them to have more connection, empathy, and joy in their relationships with their children.

 

Yvonne and her family love to travel, especially returning to her childhood hometown in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland. They love trying new foods and exploring the outdoors including paddleboarding, hiking with their dog, Beau, and being in the ocean. Yvonne loves the magic, confidence, and skills the Bright Knights walk away with after every class. She loves to lead children on a journey of imagination and being a guide for each and every child to be a life champion for themselves and others.

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