I started Break the Norm Leadership after working as a leadership and development consultant in corporate America. I realized that true leadership development needed to start much earlier than when adults age into management positions. I believe that every person is a leader with unique strengths and by starting to develop leaders at a young age, we can create the change in the world we want to see. Leadership skills are life skills. My favorite food is ice cream because you can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner because it has dairy in it ;)




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I believe that leadership is unlocked in everyone when given the right opportunities, support and resources. BtNL provides students with the opportunities to learn, the support to grow in their confidence and the resources to make a difference in their community. It is important to develop leaders at a young age who are self-aware, creative, and active around the issues that affect them. Young people need to learn how to work together for a common goal and how their unique strengths and passions are essential to a team’s success. 


I prefer a bag of Sour Patch Kids to ice cream or chocolate.




Hello! My name is Jasmaine Harper and I, like others, wish that life came with instructions like a video game because we're all a little bit lost sometimes. Leadership is important because instead of being lost, developing your leadership skills helps you equip yourself with the foundational tools to handle any situation that comes your way. I chose to work here because I like the mission of this company and the fact that they're welcoming to all. A word of advice I'd give is to stay true to yourself and how you feel.


Some fun facts about me is that I think that walnuts, peanuts and almonds make ice cream, cake, and chocolate taste way better than it tastes alone.

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I am Jayla Wright and I am a teacher’s assistant. Leadership is important because kids always want to be like someone and that's not bad but kids often lose themselves when trying to be someone they are not. I teach and help kids to show them that you don’t wanna be like everyone and you want to make your own path and let people follow you. Leadership lesson: Always be nice and kind because everyone wants to be someone. Be nice so you can pass on positive vibes.




I’m Payton Van Winkle and I’m an instructor with Break the Norm in Washington, DC. Leadership starts with a strong understanding of self. Working with students on self discovery, emotional expression, and communication with Break the Norm is incredibly fun and fulfilling work. I love seeing students gain confidence throughout the weeks of the program. One of my favorite parts is seeing the creative ways they persevere when a craft or activity does not meet their original expectations. One of the most important parts of leadership is “ walking the walk” of what you tell others. BtNL has allowed me to grow in my own leadership capabilities and sense of self.  

A fun fact about me is that I am a huge crafter. Crochet, painting, needlepoint, and more. I am in college pursuing a psychology degree and hope to work in education for many years to come.




My name is Julia and I believe leadership development is important because everybody is a leader and everybody 

can grow and improve. A fun fact about me is that I’ve visited 19 different countries. I chose to work for Break the Norm Leadership because I love working with kids and using my own experience with leadership to guide their growth as leaders.




My name is Eleanor and I’m very excited to be starting at Break the Norm Leadership in DC. I

believe leadership development is important to help teach kids that anyone is capable of being a leader, regardless of where or how they grew up. I believe teaching leadership is a great way to boost self-esteem and teach kids what they are capable of and that they are an asset to their communities. I chose to work for Break the Norm to help kids find out what their strengths are and what unique form of leadership works for them. A fun fact about me is that I used to be a swimmer and my favorite stroke was butterfly.

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My name is Shannan Walker. I love learning and helping others. For the last 10 years I have been helping people with their health and now I look forward to helping children become future leaders in their community. Children are our future to a better world and I want to help them reach their full potential. I love stand up comedy and would say to everyone, never stop learning, listening and loving.





Hi! My name's Rithika Karpy and I'm a leader and instructor at Break the Norm Leadership. I strongly believe that leadership and team development are important skills for the youth as it puts them in a proactive mindset from an early age. Leadership is a skill that can be advantageous in any environment, whether that be school, at home, or even other unexpected situations. To me, leadership is all about bringing people together, making everyone feel like they have a friend to talk to, and building a future that we can rely on. Being a part of many leadership roles and activities, I can undoubtedly say that it has improved my life and that of those around me! On a lighter note about me, I love Thai food and I love to dance! 




Hi, my name is Viola Durfee and I manage the Customer Relationship Management system for Break the Norm Leadership. I help collect and organize customers’ information to help BtNL increase their audience. I think leadership development is important because it helps you to be a better person and role model so that others can follow in their tracks. My personal leadership advice would be, to be your most authentic self, and if people don’t like it, then they’re not the right ones for you. Some fun facts about me are that I once had the first 800 digits of Pi memorized in 8th grade, and in my free time I enjoy writing/arranging music, animating, and making videos.



Professional Development Trainer

Hi I’m Floyd Bronson a New Jersey native, currently residing in Maryland. I recently joined the BTNL staff and provide professional development training and program development on the school-based level. I have completed four degrees, including two separate Masters Degrees in Public Service Leadership and Professional School Counseling. I have had numerous capacities from substitute teacher to college professor, with 16 of those years spent as a culture and climate specialist.

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Special Learning Trainer

Corey Young holds a PA State Certification in K-12 Special Education and is also TESOL/TEFL Certified to teach English as a foreign language. Previously he has been a Special Education teacher at Upper Merion Middle School and High School and taught Autistic Support at Northeast Middle School in Reading. He attended American Public University, where he completed his degree (BS) in Sports and Health Science with a Concentration in Exercise Science, and Grand Canyon University where he completed his Masters of Education in Special Education (M.Ed.) He is currently a doctoral candidate at the American College of Education.




Hi my name is Molly and I work for Break the Norm Leadership as a classroom instructor. I’m pursuing a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. Outside the office I like hiking in Rock Creek Park, advocating for equity and social justice, reading fantasy book series, soaking up the sun at the beach, flexing a green thumb in my window garden, acting as an amateur chef for friends & family, and most importantly, playing with my 9 lb adopted pup, Patchouli.




Business Administrator

My name is Veronica and I am the Business Administrator for Break the Norm Leadership. I believe that all kids should learn leadership skills because it makes them more confident. A leader who is confident will be more trustworthy and likeable. Break the Norm Leadership programs help expand the minds of our youth and build their self-confidence. 

A fun fact about me is I probably know more about Pokemon than most kids.






My name is Catherine. When I was younger, I was always labelled as the “shy” classmate. Although I still consider myself introverted, I have developed team skills that have allowed me to serve in leadership positions. Sometimes, we have this perception that only extroverted individuals can be leaders, but some of the most successful executives are introverted. I joined the Break the Norm Leadership team because I believe everyone can be a leader and this organization helps so many students believe that. 

Now, some fun facts about myself: I love pickles so much that I can eat an entire jar of them at once, I bake a lot of cakes during my free time, and I love to read.





My name is Marina Sanchez and I live in Maryland. I think that leadership development is important because it helps communication and can improve important strengths. It helps us organize ideas in a group and is the key to survival in organizations and society. A fun fact about me is I like to cook. I love my garden with flowers and especially the roses fill me with peace. I choose to work with BTNL because I want to help the new generation become leaders and be dynamic. My personal leadership advice is to be disciplined, responsible and with the desire and will to achieve your goals you can be successful and break all barriers of fear.




​​I'm Em, the artist and creator behind the BtNL videos. I take pride in knowing that my work showcases ways we teach kids to push through and thrive when faced with challenges. I believe that leadership is creating the space where kids discover how to stand up for themselves, be heard and believe in themselves while also supporting others. Recognizing and valuing each kid's strengths, starting at a young age, will make a huge, positive impact in their lives. 

A bit about me: I enjoy running, kickboxing and indoor skydiving! I also delight in cooking new recipes and catching up on my favorite WEBTOONS.





My name is Kaitlin Jenson and I have worked at BtNL for over a year and love being part of such a great group of people. Leadership has been a really important part of my life and I am so grateful to be able to give back and help the next generation of leaders. Being a leader for me has been a way for me to grow in my self confidence and empower those around me to find that same confidence. The work we do at BtNL has also helped me to grow every day in my leadership skills. 


Now, some fun facts about me: my favorite color is blue, I am the youngest of three kids, and I unironically really enjoy the high school musical films!

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My name is Kendra and I work with BtNL as a leader and instructor. Growing up, I was always involved in activities such as Girl Scouts and various sports teams. These groups taught me the importance of leadership and how it can help you in so many aspects of life. I believe everyone should realize the importance of leadership, and learn how to be a leader in whatever way fits them best. With BtNL, I’m grateful I get to empower the next generation of leaders and give them the life long tools I learned growing up.


Here are some fun facts about me: I played competitive softball growing up and now play at the collegiate level. I love to hike and explore the beautiful PNW.  I’m coffee obsessed, always looking for the cutest coffee shops around.