About Rayne (she/her)

Rayne Lacko is a certified Social-Emotional teacher, founder of SEL Solutions Pre K-12 and author of two widely acclaimed books, Dream Up Now: The Teen Journal for Self-Discovery and A Song For The Road.

She is a journalist whose byline has appeared and helped writers and teens cultivate creativity in Huffpost, Yahoo, Writers DigestSchool Library JournalDIYMFA.comParentMap, GERM, and won Best of 2015 with her short story Like Father, Like Son at Wordhaus Literary Magazine.

As an advocate for the arts as a form of social and emotional well-being, she is passionate in producing educational materials that emphasize the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) approach to assist kids, young adults, and those around them in controlling and comprehending their emotions through art. 

She believes music, language, and art connect us and explores those themes in her novels, guided journals, online courses, speaking engagements, and in service to arts organizations.

As a writing mentor, Rayne has cohosted creative youth workshops, an annual writing camp, and a teen arts showcase. She inspires young people and their families to use creativity to stimulate positive change in their lives and communities. Passionate about communication and art, Rayne made TV appearances representing her former blog on new motherhood.

Rayne is a Canadian residing on a forested island in Washington, US. Rayne is married with two children and a noisy cats.

She earned her Master’s in Humanities in Social-Emotional Learning at Antioch University. She has a BA in Liberal Studies, with concentrations in Creative Writing and Leadership. Rayne attended UCLA’s writer’s program and Creative Writing at Harvard University.


SEL Solutions – Founder, Lead teacher
Bainbridge Public Library Teen Writers’ Workshop, and Writing Camp Instructor/Mentor
Arts & Humanities Bainbridge Board of Trustees 2022
Bainbridge Performing Arts President – Board of Trustees; and Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra liaison 2018-2021
Pacific Northwest Writers Association Member
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
Reading Opens Minds chose Radio Head as a book club selection
She Writes Member
Pongo Teen Writing Completed Training to Teach Poetry to Youth in Juvenile Detention
Kitsap Mental Health Services Certified to provide Mental Health First Aid to YouthSEL Solutions