Name: Karolina Koppany
Company: New Way Young Entrepreneurs
“As the great Aristotle wrote, ‘Educating the mind without education of the heart is not education at all.’ This is why SEL matters so much to me, and has been the greatest ‘find’ in my career. As an educator, my goal has always been to help students thrive academically, socially, emotionally and to develop a concern for others. In our increasingly complicated and ever-changing world, students must be taught to recognize, understand and label their emotional experiences while developing essential strategies to regulate them. I’ve learned that we are not born with this understanding, and that these skills must be taught so that students can lead happy and meaningful lives. Social emotional learning inspires me to lead my life with intention and gratitude each and every day, and to be able share this movement with all those in my community is my sincere honor as an #selambassador.”
Karolina Koppany is an award-winning teacher who has been in the field of education for the past 12 years. Karolina obtained her BA in Communication from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, and holds an MS in Marketing from the European School of Economics NY, along with an MAT in Education with a minor in child counseling from American University in Washington, D.C. Karolina loves to travel, play volleyball, horseback ride, and spend time with friends and family. Knowing Karolina, it’s obvious that she is a true champion of kindness inside the classroom and out. A native of Hungary, Karolina currently lives in Budapest, and runs the gifted and talented social emotional afterschool program she founded for middle school students.