Self-Management for Kids

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Nava Ghalili's blog, who writes about education and empowerment, and read María Rosa's article on education!

                        CONTACT US

To obtain more information about
student, teacher, and parent training sessions,

please contact María Escudé Reifler: | 310-508-8286

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Meet the Self-Management for Kids Team!

About the Developers, María Escudé Reifler and Ron Reifler


We have a dream. . .

. . .to spread the concepts of self-management so that each of us can become a more peaceful, loving, and responsible citizen of the world."
                                                                --Ron & María

María Escudé Reifler, M. A., L. M. F. T., was born in Argentina and received her B.A. and M.A. Degrees in the United States.  She is a credentialed bilingual (English and Spanish) teacher, an education consultant, a corporate consultant and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

María was the 2012 recipient of Excellence in Education Medal from the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.

María currently conducts self-management workshops for students, parents, and teachers.

Ron Reifler*, M. B. A. was born in Chicago, Illinois and received his education at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago.  As an industrial psychologist he worked with schools and corporations.

María and Ron have conducted programs for students, parents and teachers throughout the United States.  In addition, they worked with corporate clients on projects in management and organization development.  Their clients included Nestle, Chevron, and Disney.

Ron and María are the co-authors of The Adventures of Tigy and Elly, The Art of Parenting and the Self-Management for Kids program. 

*Sadly, after a brave fight with cancer, Ron passed away on September 12, 2012. His work will continue in the lives of all those he touched.


    Alison Bonds Shapiro, M. B. A., was born in the United 
    States.  She is an artist, illustrator and business consultant.  She has 
    prepared all of the drawings in this collection and is also the 
    illustrator of “Just for Today” (Tiburon, H. J. Kramer, Inc, 2005).

    Alison holds seminars, lectures, writes and makes films about her 
    experience as a stroke recovery heroine.  She is the author 
    of “Healing into Possibility” (Tiburon, J. J. Kramer, April 2009).
    She lives in Mill Valley, California.



    Clara Blank
holds law degrees from Argentina and Israel.  She 
    speaks five languages and today works as a translator/interpreter 
    in Berkeley, California.  She has translated each of the books in 
    the series into Spanish.


   Rocío Diaz
has been working with Ron and María Rosa since 
    2000. She studied abroad while sailing around the world, just like Elly and
    Tigy! She graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor's in Psychology, and from the University of Southern California with a Master's in Educational Counseling.


    Stella Escudé, M. A. was born in Argentina and educated 
    in the United States.  She has edited each of the English and 
    Spanish editions of each of The Adventures of Elly and Tigy.  
    Stella is an elementary school teacher in Montebello, CA.

Mary Beth Crain
is a professional writer and humorist.  She helped us write the first three books of our series, as well as establish the format and the pace of The Adventures of Elly and Tigy.  She lives in Hart, Michigan.

The following people have contributed their support and editorial feedback:

Roz Fanello, Amanda Foulger, Marvin Green, María Molles, Norma Perez.




Claudia Contreras, age 12, Isamar Campos, age 10


Alayna Zolot, age 9 

 Children who volunteer to provide written feedback on The Adventures of Elly and Tigy are appointed to Elly and Tigy’s Children’s Board of Editors. If you would like to become a member, please e-mail Maria at for more information.

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