About Us


Our Story 

Ruth Beauchamp, Founder of Oranda

Ruth Beauchamp founded Oranda after nearly 10 years of classroom teaching and more than 10 additional years of teaching future teachers. Over the course of her career, she has visited thousands of classrooms where she experienced stressed-out teachers and students, disengaged students, and discouraged teachers.


Beauchamp was compelled to synthesize what she had learned from her 20 plus years in education along with her interests in mindfulness, active learning, neuroscience and occupational therapy.  In 2010, she created recessitate as a resource for teachers and students to positively engage, connect and grow with each other.  In one year, recessitate made its way into five continents.  In 2015, recessitate was rebranded, repackaged and refreshed as Focus 1-2-3.  An app arrived this same year to bring the same great activities to 'smart' technology.


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The name, Oranda was inspired by the proverb about teaching others to fish. The  'oranda' fish is a curious and common goldfish with a brainy-like mass on the top of its head. Orandas thrive under the best conditions. Just like us!


We are full of gratitude to the many who have contributed to Oranda's success. Big shout out and 'whoosh clap' to this amazing Advisory Group for their guidance and support!

Betsy Burroughs
Betsy Burroughs is president of FocusCatalyst, an innovation consultancy in San Francisco that provides Guided Brainstorming for innovators seeking new insights and solutions to business problems, all based on the neuroscience of insight.  She has over 25 years experience in major ad agency account management, as president of her own ad agency, and as VP marketing of several media and internet companies.  She is the author of FOCUS. The Catalyst for Innovation. Guided Brainstorming for Innovators--a book that teaches effective, easy and fun techniques to increase insight and innovation in business.

Rochelle McLaughlin
Rochelle McLaughlin, MS, OTR/L teaches Mindfulness-Based Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University as well as at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center. Rochelle works for a Fall Prevention program at Stanford Hospital where she developed a Mindfulness in Fall Prevention component to the program. Rochelle presents locally on mindfulness in a variety of healthcare programs. She is an author, a researcher, and a mother passionate about helping to transform the state of public education today.

Rae Pica
Rae Pica is the founder and director of Moving & Learning and has been a children’s physical activity specialist since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 18 books, including the text Experiences in Movement and Music, the award-winning Great Games for Young Children and Jump into Literacy, and A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity, and Free Time Create a Successful Child, written for the parents of children birth to eight. Rae is known for her lively and informative workshop and keynote presentations and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues, Gymboree, and state health departments throughout the country. Rae also served on the task force of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) that created national guidelines for early childhood physical activity and is a member of several advisory boards. In addition, Rae is cofounder of the BAM Radio Network and host of an Internet radio program called “Body, Mind and Child,” for which she interviews experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more.

And the list goes on. It really does take a village! Thank you!

Bert Bower and Amy Larson, Teacher Curriculum Institute; Anne Bakstad, Clearworks; Robert Beauchamp, Spouse; Owen Brown and David Rothenberg, 4128 Associates; Corrine Bucher, Life Coach; Patricia and Richard Calkins, Parents; Pamela Cianci, Event Services; Heather Criswell, WiseInside; Lisa Cope, Freelance Copy Editor; Alison Covarrubias, Copy and Sales; Megan Dale, Marketing and Advertising; Claire Fontana, Marketing; Gary Geschwend, Serial Entrepreneur and SCORE mentor; Chris and Elizabeth Goumas, Strategic Marketing and Sales; Mary Hickey, Business Mentor; Karen Hoffman, Focus Groupie; Moss Kardener, Consultant; Jennifer Kernahan, Copy Editor; John Kersic, Primary Concepts; Chuck Lavaroni, Retired Superintendent; Vince Lepera, PacFul Fulfillment; Emily Matthews, Nola Marketing; Kelly Parkinson, Copylicious; Jim Phillips, Tax Accountant; Peter Ross, Psychologist and Professor at Mercer's Tift College of Education; Dylan Rumley, Shiftress; Kate Sosnowski, Focus Groupie; Jaime Sutton, E-commerce Platform Expert; Taryn Voget, Everyday Genius Institute; Andy Warner, Illustrator and Web Designer; Jody Webster, Marketing; Carolyn Wilson, Quantum Spirit; Gina Woodman, Bookkeeper...