We're the hosts of TFC.

We're excited to introduce ourselves and connect!

Dana Fulwiler Volk, MAPP, MEd

Started Teaching in 2006! Taught In: 
  • Perth, Western Australia
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Uni: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

K-12 Subjects + Roles:
  • Health, English, Psychology, Sociology, IB Theory of Knowledge, and eclectic list of option courses (Driver's Ed?!)
  • Specialist in Mental Health + Wellbeing, International Student Coordinator

Energized By: 
  • Learning, creative projects, connecting with others, pos psych coaching, celebrating teachers! Travel, an open road, live music, strong coffee, and time with family and friends 

Student / Academic Life: 
  • Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania
  • Master and Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan
  • Certificate in Creating Positive Change (The Change Lab); Positive Psychology Coaching (The CAPP Institute) 

In addition to TFC, Dana Fulwiler Volk has served as an Assistant Instructor in the world - renowned MAPP Program at the University of Pennsylvania and in the BEd Program at the University of Calgary

Dana uses her combined expertise in positive psychology and education to provide wellbeing coaching, speaking, writing, and consulting services in a variety of sectors and topics, helping people live and work with more aliveness and alignment.

Started Teaching: 2001

Taught In: 
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Calgary, Alberta

Subjects + Roles:
  • Junior and Senior high English Language Arts, Social Studies, Health
  • Resource Room teacher and AP Coordinator

Energized By: 
  • A really good book, living close to the mountains, playing the piano, experimenting with baking, and spending time with family

Student / Academic Life: 
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Research, Adult Learning, University of Calgary
  • Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta
  • Certified Body Positive Facilitator

Elizabeth is also an Educator and Body Image Research Lab Coordinator at the University of Calgary, co-host / co-producer for The Podclass: Conversations on School Health, and mom to three school-aged children.


the science behind Tfc

"Gratitude is not just a pleasant, passive emotion but rather an activating, energizing force that may lead us to pursue our goals and become better, more socially engaged people."

Gratitude is an untapped source of energy and inspiration in our school communities. Learn more about the pro-social behaviours that are correlated with gratitude in How Gratitude Motivates Us to Become Better People.


the science behind Tfc

"Expressions of gratitude not only provide social glue for the people involved—the grateful person and the benefactor — but also spread ... affecting witnesses in ways that could reverberate throughout a group."

Gratitude is so powerful that even witnessing others expressing gratitude can give us a boost. Learn more about The Ripple Effects of a Thank-You.

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the science behind Tfc

"There is growing evidence that being grateful may not only bring good feelings. It could lead to better health."

Gratitude is like a multivitamin-- it can benefit multiple dimensions of our health and wellbeing. Learn more about the research in
Is Gratitude Good for Your Health?