M e e t T h e F a m i l y
Kasey Schelling, Co-Founder, Lead Mentor, Program Director
Kasey is a devoted educator with the gift of igniting the spark in the eyes of her students. Prior to founding The Kiva Center in 2014, she spent five years teaching English (ELL) and the Spanish language throughout the United States and Spain. She is a certified Permaculture Educator by the Learning Gardens Institute and strives to bring students back into their roots as integral elements of the Earth ecosystem. She has a BA in Spanish Language and Literature with a Minor in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2011). As a dancer and percussionist of Mokomba, a traditional West African Drum and Dance group, she is passionate about using rhythm, song and dance as tools to strengthen community.
Garrett Braun, Co-Founder, Lead Mentor, Director of Operations
Garrett is an experienced educator, known for his natural knack for teaching and connecting with children. Before joining the founding team in 2014, Garrett taught at Bixby School, a progressive and experiential learning institution in Boulder. Before starting his teaching career, Garrett traveled around the world, getting his first glimpse at the variety of cultural expressions humanity has to offer. Garrett then graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Humanities from Soka University of America in 2011. Since graduating, he lived in El Salvador to complete a project to help a rural community write their first written history book. Garrett brings his experiences with cultures around the world to his teaching.
Ashley Kulik, Co-Founder
Ashley is a mentor, connector, and vocalist. Ashley was instrumental in getting The Kiva Center off the ground and has since moved onto traveling and pursuing her music career.