Please peruse through the projects, programs and properties I've created...
I founded KidTribe in 2001. What began as a freestyle dance party for kids grew into an international obesity prevention movement that's directly activated over 5,000,000 children in schools and communities throughout the US, UK and Canada. With our high-octane Hoopapalooza hula-hooping fitness roadshow, award winning videos, music and products and a PE / Health curriculum, KidTribe creates an environment where being healthy is cool and sweaty smiles are guaranteed.
Currently in development, Monkey & Duck is a social-emotional sing-along series that teaches children how to identify, understand and process their feelings. With original music inspired by the Great American Songbook, each episode features Monkey & Duck, a jingle writing duo who create catchy songs about their sentiments along with their pals Beary and Birdy. I created the concept, songs and lesson plans in collaboration with experts in early childhood development and behavioral psychology.
Adventure ensues when Mack & Moxy fly to HelpeeLand and save a Great Helpee. I'm the co-creator, showrunner, voice director and curriculum author on this animated and live-action preschool series that aims to raise the next generation of humanitarians. Airing on PBS and Amazon Prime, each episode features a different cause, partnering with the world's leading charities and starring celebrities who care. Through humor, heart and music, children learn lessons of kindness, compassion and charity.
The Planetary Possee is in the house! Airing on NASA-TV, this Telly Award winning program literally put the "A" in STEAM Education. Designed for students to perform the musical as a school play, I produced, wrote, directed and choreographed this hip-hopera and co-created the curriculum that integrates STEM, Literacy, Physical Activity, and Social-Emotional Learning through the Performing Arts. Thousands of schools in the US have implemented the program with "out of this world" metrics.
Based on the success of the NASA program and designed to connect with girls, The Algorythmics is a high-octane techno-rock band that teaches students basic concepts of Math & Coding through original songs, music videos, lesson plans and a school concert tour. Featuring Emcee Squared on the mic with DJ Loop mixing the grooves, Funktion jamming on the bass and Hyperbolic going nuts on the drum machine, this culturally diverse band gets kids pumped about problem solving through the mathematical magic of music.
Vetted by experts in emergency management, law enforcement and FEMA, the Rocket Rules library consists of kid-friendly animated videos, bilingual books and standards-based lesson plans about Fires, Floods, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Earthquakes and Active Shooter safety. I oversaw all content development, authored the curriculum, created the implementation model and made strategic partnerships for this national campaign that teaches children life-saving safety skills.
Geared for 7-10 year olds, this new STEM animation series takes a deeper look at what's going on inside. When five rowdy red blood cells recently graduate from Marrow University, they are been selected for an important mission: to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the furthest reaches of the human body. It’s a wild ride along the mighty Blood Stream as these erratic erythrocytes navigate new terrain, coagulate with organs and discover that underneath the surface, human beings really are all the same.
A Lost Sock and a TV Remote Control have non-stop adventures with a houseful of friendly furniture as they all learn to live together under one roof. Aimed for 3 to 6-year-olds, each animated episode is designed with a “try-this-at-home” approach that demonstrate lessons of self-care teach tools for living. From personal hygiene to household safety and even managing emotions, communication, cooperation and compassion are key ingredients to keeping the harmony in this habitat.
In production, R.E.A.L. MODELS is a reality webisode series about real kids from real life who are really making a big difference – in their homes, in their schools, in their communities, in the world. Geared for 7-10 year-olds, each episode celebrates the power of incredible people under the age of 18. Featuring a new R.E.A.L. MODEL in every segment, we follow the individual’s journey through a “day in the life of” approach and witness kids’ kindness, caring, compassion and community activism in action.
The companion product and PE curriculum for KidTribe's hula-hoop program, this Parents' Choice winning kids' fitness kit is sold in school and stores stores nation-wide. It includes a patented Pro Hoop with 15 follow-along music videos that teach hip-hop-hula-hoop tricks, routines for all levels and hooptastic games that work out every body.
The Unjunk Yourself music video series introduces young audiences to the importance of exercise and healthy nutrition. Filmed in Brooklyn and featuring Broadway star Benny Elledge, I wrote, directed and produced this fun piece through a partnership with Dr. David Katz's Turn the Tide Foundation and Yale School of Medicine.
This picture book and guided meditation series introduces children to mindfulness concepts and techniques. Through the adventures of Stella, who finds a pair magical glasses that help her see the starcells in every living thing, she sets off on a world of discovery. I co-wrote the book, directed the illustrations and produced the musical meditation.
In partnership with University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, this video series teaches about climate science and global warming through music, animation and puppetry. Including a hands-on, STEM-focused curriculum about the water cycle, it's a favorite among science teachers. Plus there's a rasta polar bear who raps, so that's cool.
Webisodes featuring Dr. Hoopy, a loopy character with a heart of gold and a zest for life, I wrote, produced in starred in the segments. In between designing the perfect circle and inventing new hoop tricks in her Hoopratory, she makes kids laugh while demonstrating stating nutritional facts, like the hilarious differences between good sugar vs. bad sugar.
Warming up is super important and this follow-along routine gets kids moving. The full-body warm-up includes an "I-can't-get-that-song-out-of-my-head" tune (sorry!) that leads the choreography. Filmed during magic hour with the LA skyline as the backdrop, this video has become a staple in PE classes throughout the US.
Shot on streets and rooftops of Downtown LA, this Matrix inspired music video uncovers the deceptive world of processed food and the corporations that profit from the sick, as part of the Unjunk Yourself series in partnership with Yale's Dr. David Katz. I wrote, choreographed and directed the video.
KidTribe performed at the White House Easter Egg Roll for over 35,000 families each year throughout the Obama Administration from 2009-2016. Headlining the Hop To It activity stage, this program was an annual highlight, in partnership with Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative.
Each year, Nickelodeon "goes dark" for an entire day, encouraging families to turn off the TV, get outside and play. Since 2006, KidTribe has been headlining the non-stop Hoopathon Party, hooping it up for 25,000 families in Brooklyn's Prospect Park for the best day ever!
In 2011, Kellee was invited to speak on childhood obesity for TEDx - "Shaping the Future."
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