Our Story

Behavior Savers was founded in 2015 to create engaging social emotional learning materials that any educator (teacher, social worker, counselor, or psychologist) can use to help students be successful. Behavior Savers was developed to help with all levels of social emotional learning.

We believe that all students can learn these skills and educators need materials that are engaging and practical for the classroom or small group setting. We believe that all children and youth can face problems from time to time related to learning; social relationships; making difficult decisions; or managing emotions. It is our mission to help students, families, educators, and members of the community understand and resolve issues that students may face. Every product created is tested in the classroom before they are released. We believe in creating digital products that can be downloaded immediately to help support students. It is our commitment to not just produce materials but to provide them in a way that makes sense for all levels and modes of learning.

In addition to those products, Behavior Savers also puts together recommendations for other helpful and useful resources. There’s a list of helpful books that can support students, educators, or parents building healthy social emotional skills. There are also a variety of recommended products that can be used to help strengthen social emotional skills in the school setting and beyond.

Our Founder

My name is Dr. Hiedi France. I am the founder and owner of Behavior Savers. I dreamed of becoming a teacher when I was a little girl. I would play “school” with imaginary students, some of which were the chickens and various animals that were on the farm. My grandmother supported my passion by buying me old teacher’s editions and chalk boards when the local school held their surplus sales. I loved teaching.

I did not have a “typical” childhood and had many experiences with life altering trauma. When I was in high school my life was changed by several events that developed in me a passion to support children who were trying to cope with trauma and mental illness. I decided to pursue a career in psychology. After earning my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, I decided to combine my passion for teaching by pursuing a Master’s Degree in School Psychology. I furthered this by earning my Doctoral degree in Education specializing in educational leadership focused on teaching, learning, and social justice.

As a school psychologist, I have worked primarily with children and adolescents with emotional disabilities for the last 16 years, and have seen the value of helping educators develop social emotional skills in their students. At the beginning of my career I worked with students that were already experiencing significant social emotional crisis and trauma. I was often frustrated with how to help these students be successful in the classroom. As I continued to work with very talented educators, I have been working on ways to prevent or lessen the impact of mental illness and trauma. I am currently the clinical director at a public day school to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for students with significant emotional disabilities.

My greatest honor and award has been the work I have been blessed to do for 16 years. Working with students with significant social emotional needs is one of the most demanding professions, but one of the most rewarding! When you work with a student who doesn’t believe they can get better or find success then see them thriving, it really is the greatest feeling. I also have been blessed to work with some remarkable educators. When a student struggles, there is often a team of professionals that are committed to helping them. I am always thrilled when my work is used by these educators and their input helps me to create and revise products so they can help even more educators and students.

My life could not be complete without my family. My husband who supports me every day in all my endeavors. He is not just my husband but my best friend and sounding board. My son who has taught me more about the struggles of students than any book could ever. As a teenager, he now helps to review my products and make sure they have a “cool” factor. My daughter who inspires me to be a better mom each day. She reminds me that building strong social emotional skills begins at home and with a solid foundation.