Social-Emotional Learning reflects the crucial role of positive relationships and emotional connections to help students develop a range of skills they will need for life.
As part of my series about “How to write a book that sparks a movement” I had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Caprelli.
Lisa Caprelli was born in El Paso, Texas. Lisa saw education as a way to rise above her humble beginnings. One of the first in her family to earn a college degree, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology. Her love of writing led her to pen 17 books for which she has won many awards. Seeing a lack of books for children that include social emotional learning components Lisa changed her life and focus in 2018 to create the children’s brand Unicorn Jazz. The award-winning Amazon book series, Unicorn Jazz, follows a shy unicorn on adventures teaching empathy, kindness, love, belonging, and more. The success of the book series has led to the Amazon TV show Unicorn Jazz Presents the Thing I Do which Lisa both produces and directs. Inspired by Sesame Street and with the help of the multimedia brand of Unicorn Jazz, kids send in their own video content, music, and talent to be part of the show. Lisa has made it her mission to make Unicorn Jazz accessible to educators to help expand children’s imaginations and inspire creativity and learning in the classroom. Lisa has been featured in Forbes Magazine, ABC News, CBS News, USA Today, and many more for her innovation and creativity in the children’s market. When not working, Lisa devotes her time to such charities as Read Across America as well as book drives at the LA Food Bank, Orphanages in Vegas and Haiti, and children’s hospitals.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive into the main focus of our interview, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood backstory?
I grew up in the borderland city of El Paso, Texas. I came from very humble beginnings as a part of a large Hispanic family. My mother was a single mom raising 5 children (4 girls and one…