Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Richard Maizell, Psy.D.

Dr. Maizell has over 35 years of experience as an educator in the New Jersey Public Schools. He holds a Doctorate in School/Community Psychology. His lifelong passion has been in the area of social/emotional learning. Dr. Maizell founded Project Quest, a diversionary group-counseling program for court-involved youth in Sussex County, NJ. The program served students from nine county high schools, later expanding into middle and primary schools as an after school primary prevention program. In partnership with Project Adventure, a nationally known provider of experiential learning, Dr. Maizell conceptualized and constructed a universal playground in the Sussex-Wantage Regional District (NJ), which allowed for general education and differently abled students to play together on uniquely designed playground equipment.

In his last district, the Kinnelon Public Schools, Dr. Maizell implemented a district wide primary prevention program called Full Value Schools. As a result of this implementation harassment, intimidation, and bullying referrals and confirmed incidents fell significantly over a three-year period. Students reported, via school climate surveys, feeling far better equipped to self-regulate and confront inappropriate behaviors with their peers. Dr. Maizell’s program has been presented at national and regional conferences. Most recently he delivered a session to educators at The New Jersey Alliance for Social Emotional, and Character Development Conference (2019). He is the co-author of the book, Exploring Islands of Healing (2002) and the principal author of The Full Value School: A social emotional learning community (2019).

John Grund, LCSW

Mr. Grund has over 28 years of experience in the public schools serving as a member of child study teams, and Student Assistant Counselor and anti-bullying specialist. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University and certifications as a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified School Social Worker, and Certified Student Assistance Coordinator.

Post-graduate training has included the Institute for the Advancement of Group Studies, UMASS’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Training, the Stanford Forgiveness Therapy Training and Stanford Cultivating Compassion Training, and the Nalanda Institute Contemplative Psychotherapy Training. Mr. Grund is a certified Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapist and Mindful Education Teacher, Contemplative Therapist, Wilderness Medicine First Responder, and Stanford Project Forgiveness Therapy Trainer. Mr. Grund is currently in private practice as a licensed clinical social worker. He is a senior trainer for Project Adventure, Inc. providing workshops for educators and therapists in the areas of experiential therapy. He also works extensively with New Jersey school districts on integrating mindfulness into educational settings, presenting to administrative teams, teachers, parents. He most recently offered trainings to administrators in the Chatham, Montville, North Hunterdon, and Mountain Lakes Public Schools. Mr. Grund has also trained over 150 teachers in the Kinnelon Public Schools in order to implement their Full Value Communities primary prevention program. Mr. Grund was the recipient of the Somerset Hills Schools 2015 Educational Professional of the Year award.

Jim Schoel

Jim Schoel has been an experiential educator for over 40 years. He is a founding member of Project Adventure, Inc. and has served as their senior trainer and consultant for programs with at-risk youth. He has served as the director of the Gloucester Museum School, which provides interactive outdoor experiential opportunities for children in the greater Boston area. Mr. Schoel has extensive teaching experiences in the Gloucester Public Schools, and in the Hamilton-Wenham School District in Massachusetts.

He is considered to be a national expert in experiential learning and activity based counseling, and has routinely presented on these topics as the keynote speaker at national and international conferences. He is the recipient of the Practitioner of the Year award from the International Association of Experiential Education (2005). Mr. Schoel has published extensively in the field including co-authoring Islands of Healing (1988), Exploring Islands of Healing (2002), and Gold Nuggets (1990). Mr. Schoel holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University.

The Cranford Public Schools has adopted Full Value as its focus for social-emotional learning. 

It has been wonderful to partner with them to create a culture and climate that supports their efforts. 

This video was created by schools administrators Darren Torsone and Lisa Burfeindt to share key concepts with district staff at the beginning of the school year.  

We appreciate Cranford's permission to share this meaningful work.


CRANFORD FULL VALUE VIDEO