About us

RCL was founded and maintained by a team of dedicated educators. We are committed to being the unifying voice for all educators by providing leadership, community, professional development, and resources for the implementation of relational and restorative practices.


Teachers, administrators, and educators just like you.

Through our educational journey, we discovered the benefits of implementing relational and restorative practices. This discovery led the team to develop an inside-out approach utilizing intentional relationship-building techniques designed to allow districts to focus on relationships before implementing curriculum-based initiatives or lessons.

We invite you to listen to our podcast, join Circle Time, follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram), or explore our resources; we promise you’ll be glad you did. When you’re ready to fully implement relational practices, sign up for one of our professional development offerings!


Meet The Team

Kevin Curtis

Founder & CEO

Denise Holliday

Co-Founder & "Circlemamma"

Dr. Cassandra Darst

Chief Problem Solver

Alan Krenek

Content Creator & Lead Presenter

Sandra Velo

Travel Coordinator & Lead Presenter

Amanda Lemon

Staffing Coordinator

Dr. Jessica Moreno

Client Relations Coordinator

Judy Schiller

Creativity and Design Coordinator

Tere Tidwell

Connections Coordinator


"Kinder forgot their water to P.E., so this was a perfect opportunity to do some easy activities. I had them get into 3 groups, and I asked them, "What makes you smile?" After a minute of sharing, I shared with them what I heard (Disneyland, petting puppies) and asked for some additional answers. The kids loved it! And so did I - I learned a little bit more about my scholars."

"I have seen my quietest kids respond multiple times! They also feel braver to answer questions during core curriculum. I also feel like its created a better sense of a team. I have seen them work together more often then they did at the start."

"Our scholars love the engagement, especially sharing and having his/her voices heard. We would group students who are #'s 1-15 & 16-20 between Mrs. Ashraf and me."

"I have enjoyed watching the students that seemed shy the first couple of days, starts to open up more as they shake my hand with a big smile and say good morning while making eye contact."

"We talked about an act of kindness someone has done/shown that we won't forget. A lot of my students talked about the small things in life such as helping someone clean up, holding the door for someone, " Ms. Manjra smiling every morning", etc. All of those things made me realize that some of the most purest souls care about the simplest things in life. It helped me ground myself through a chaotic week and reminded me why I chose this path."


- Educators from Archway Classical Academy (Arizona)

"I can't say enough good things about working with NEDRP! Quick to answer questions, return calls, flexible beyond measure, and the most amazing presenters that found a way to connect and build relationships through Zoom with 100's of educators that exceeded our most hope-filled dreams! Thank you!"

- Administrator

"Great energy, lots of engagement! Thank you Donald, Cassandra, and Sarah!"

- Educator

"Love the tools! I am going to use them for my kids!"

- Educator

"Very motivating and informative workshop."

- Educator

"Thank you for an engaging presentation with practical, useful tools!"

- Educator

"I have been sitting in PD for the last two weeks, and this was by far my favorite and most enjoyable!"

- Educator

"The information was very helpful not only to use in the classroom but with my own children as well. I was so excited about the things I learned I told my kids that I feel it would be helpful for them to listen to it as well. I believe our children also need to know how important it is to communicate with adults and find ways to express their feeling with respect."

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Want to know more about Relationship Centered Learning? We look forward to seeing you in one of our professional developments, but until then, take a look at our resources.