Liz Schwarzel was born and raised in Southeastern Ohio. A graduate of Ohio University, Liz has taught for the past 16 years in the same school district in which she grew up. Liz’s classroom is part of a district wide initiative to teach lessons of kindness through the community based curriculum called Responsive Classroom, which focuses on the strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning. Liz and her husband, Jan, have three children and are the proprietors of a guest lodge and special event venue located on their 150 acre farm. For more information, visit

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