Our Story

Empowering Education enables learning by contributing to the
social & emotional wellness of students, families, and educators.

Since 2009, our vision has been to foster a sense of empowerment in the 21st Century student that drives them to seek healthy, positive relationships with their friends, family, and in their community, ultimately resulting in positive contributions to society as a whole.

Empowering Education (EE) was founded in 2009 by Andreas “Andy” Wilfong, a successful entrepreneur in Colorado Springs. Andy was inspired to found EE after seeing his own son struggle with the social-emotional challenges that face so many adolescents today. As Andy became actively involved in helping his son, he realized most other students were struggling with similar issues. Schools were not addressing the lack of social and emotional skills in their students. When he saw the improvements in his son’s ability to function in a social context after being exposed to a formal SEL program, he felt a personal responsibility to bring these proven and highly successful concepts to the mainstream classroom, making the life-changing benefits available to all students.

Andy's goal has been, “to have a positive impact on the lives of as many students as possible." We believe that SEL must be an integral part of education from preschool through high school, considered as essential to education as reading, writing, and arithmetic.

In its first 10 years, EE has reached over 10,000 students at all levels of learning. Our own experience and current research overwhelmingly shows the linkages among SEL, student outcomes, and school performance.

Through our partnerships over the years we have learned a simple, but important lesson: if teachers don’t use an SEL program, it won’t work. That’s why we’ve focused our energy on making a program that is accessible, easy-to-use, and engaging. Our program provides a starting point, but the real magic happens when we put the lessons in the hands of classroom teachers.

We are here to support you in this work. As your school examines and changes its culture around SEL we will make every effort to be available for the questions and challenges that will inevitably arise. We are dedicated to affordable and high-quality SEL implementation to support the social, emotional, and academic growth of every student, teacher, and parent that encounters our program.

Please contact us with any questions, comments, feedback, or requests for support: [email protected]

Our Core Beliefs

Social Emotional Learning is as critical to a child’s education as reading, writing, math, science, and the arts.

Every child deserves a high-quality Social Emotional Learning education.

Classroom teachers are the most effective source for teaching Social Emotional Learning.

Every teacher with a sincere, positive intention is capable of teaching and modeling SEL.

Effective SEL is a schoolwide effort and is inherent in every personal interaction in the building.

SEL programs and trainings should be affordable and accessible to all.

Meet the Empowering Education Team

Chloe Knowling, Lesson Developer

Noah Teitelbaum, Executive Director

Maryann Wiggs, Board Member

Sarah Cai, Graphic Design

Charlie Merrow, Program Director