Meet the Team

Hi, from CharacterStrong!

The CharacterStrong Team is a partnership of educators, speakers, and students who believe in creating sustainable change in schools and helping young people develop the skills of service, kindness, and empathy.

CharacterStrong is an organization that provides curricula and trainings for schools internationally. Our trainings help educators infuse character and social-emotional learning into the daily fabric of any classroom or campus. Our curricula focus on character development in order to help students cultivate social-emotional skills, their emotional intelligence, and help them develop a stronger identity and purpose in school and in the world.

Esteban Gast CharacterStrong
Houston Kraft CharacterStrong
John Norlin CharacterStrong
"CharacterStrong was just the voice we needed in our 46,000 student school district! Our work with Houston (and the CharacterStrong team) has been tremendously instrumental in providing our staff with not only the motivation to stay committed to this work, but the resources and ideas to bring it to life. They facilitated learning at our What’s In Your Heart? Character Conference, and our district wide rally. In addition, they have worked with all of our intermediate teachers to support the use of the CharacterStrong curriculum. Their energy, passion and love for all things kind is infectious! We look forward to a long partnership."

- Stephanie McBride, Executive Director for Professional Learning, Clear Creek ISD

Nice to Meet You!

This is the core team behind CharacterStrong. We also have an incredible Professional Development team you can find here! We love connecting, so feel free to reach out. Click on our photo to read the full bio.

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Houston Kraft

Co Founder
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John Norlin

Co Founder
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Esteban Gast

Speaker Consultant
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Lindsay Norlin

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Parker Overturf

Design & Podcast
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Riley Bruil

Marketing & Support
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Krista Gypton

School Support Specialist
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Julia Payne

Office Administrator
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Dalton Lemert

Sales Representative
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Mikayla Harmon

Professional Development and Assemblies Coordinator
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Mike Jensen

Chief Technology Officer

Our Extended Team

Meet our training presenters and assembly speakers!