Being grateful, giving thanks, is an essential part of a successful life. It is a fundamental part of Triumph Steps, the therapeutic framework to mental wellness that helps children develop healthy mental habits. Being thankful should not be something we celebrate only once a year, but a daily habit that is as much part of our daily routine as brushing our teeth. This year, Triumph Steps and myself personally, have had a lot to be thankful for.


Mental Wellness Curriculum Becomes Law!

This year the states of New York and Virginia became the first states to require a mental wellness curriculum in schools. Both laws came into effect amid an increased focus on mental health and suicide brought about by the suicide of two prominent figures — Kate Spade, a fashion designer, and Anthony Bourdain, a chef and CNN host — who died by suicide within the same week of each other in June of this year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 24 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I pray that this huge step forward is one Florida and all other states will  implement in the near future.

Triumph Steps Founder Recognized by Miami Dade County Public Schools

On March 21st, Beatriz Martinez-Penalver was recognized by the School Board of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the United States, for her commitment to students, their mental wellness and emotional literacy nationwide. I am very grateful for this recognition and hope to bring Emotional Literacy to all children. Not only does the Triumph Steps program aid in preventing suicide, depression and bullying in children, it also lessens absenteeism and gives teachers new tools to not only do their jobs more efficiently, but with greater joy and appreciation of the brilliant young minds they are charged to educate. The video below, narrated by my daughter, showcases the importance of mental wellness in schools.

The School Board of Miami-Dade recognizes the need for
mental health programs in schools.
On a Personal Note, my Beautiful Daughter is Flourishing!

My daughter is the inspiration behind the creation of Triumph Steps. I want all children to experience  what I have seen my daughter experience. She is confidently stepping outside of her comfort zone and blossoming in ways I couldn’t have dreamed. She has gone as far as traveling to Hong Kong to sing and perform. This also allowed me the opportunity to speak at the Power of Every Woman event in Hong Kong to promote the importance of mental wellness for all.

Make Triumph a Part of Your School

Everyday is filled with opportunities to learn, be grateful and do more, for ourselves and our children. If you are interested in scheduling a professional development day on the therapeutic framework to mental wellness to your school or agency, or you want to offer the Triumph Steps program to the children you serve call us at 305-646-0112 or email us at