Certified Instructor Directory

Find qualified outside service providers to deliver mindfulness programs in your school.

What is a Certified Instructor?

A certified instructor has undergone a minimum of 300 hrs of training in our Year-Long Certification Program and has had their teaching evaluated by Mindful Schools. Certified Instructors have made a significant commitment to the theory and practice of mindfulness in education.

How Do I Use This Directory?

The first way to use the Directory is to search for instructors in your region. You can also search by age ranges worked with (e.g. K5) and specializations (e.g. autism). Reading instructor biographies will give you an even better sense of who is the best fit for you.

Disclaimers: We do not conduct criminal or personal background checks on our instructors. This is the responsibility of the schools or agencies hiring them for services (the vast majority of schools and youth service agencies are already mandated to do background checks on all employees and contractors by law). Mindful Schools is not liable or responsible for any actions of the Certified Instructors listed here. This directory is meant to be a resource for those seeking mindfulness services for youth populations. If you choose to use the directory, you do so at your own risk.

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Maria Achtemichuk-King

Mindfulness Educator

Sylvan Lake Alberta Canada
Maria has been practicing mindfulness since 2010 and began teaching mindfulness to children in 2011 and adults in 2012.  In addition to in-school mindfulness programs, she…
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Devra Allen

School Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Colorado Springs School District 11
Colorado Springs CO USA
Devra began her professional career working with youth in a residential treatment facility over 20 years ago.  She has worked within the foster care community as a home…
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Doug Allen

School Principal

Edmonton Public Schools
Edmonton Alberta Canada
Doug is a teacher, school leader and member of the Mindful Schools network of educators. He is currently Principal of Bessie Nichols School, a public school in Edmonton,…
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Luisa Alvizu

Mindfulness Meditation Instructor

Luisa F. Alvizu was trained as a medical doctor with a specialization in Dermatology. She developed an early interest in how the medical issues of her patients related to…
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Melissa Ambrose

Wellness Counselor

Oceana High School
Pacifica CA USA
Melissa Ambrose, LCSW/PPS, is the wellness counselor at Oceana High School, an alternative public high school in northern San Mateo County. Oceana is committed to developing…
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Sally Arnold

Mindfulness Educator

Mindful Compass
Sonora CA USA
Sally Arnold has been teaching in the holistic health field for over 20 years. She has taught childbirth, parenting, and foster/adoption classes. Her passion is bringing…
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Judy Austin

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Durango CO USA
Judy Austin is a child and adolescent therapist, teacher, and curriculum designer specializing in mindfulness, compassion, social justice, and movement. She teaches at Fort…
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Sandee Bandettini

Marriage and Family Therapist

Mission Viejo CA USA
Sandee Bandettini, MS, MFT has been working with children and families for more than 20 years. In teaching mindfulness, she brings her varied experience as a child therapist…
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Jill Barbosa-Gonzales

Classroom Teacher

Hayward CA USA
Jill Barbosa-Gonzales is National Board Certified Teacher in Health Education with over 25 years of experience teaching in Bay Area schools.  She credits Mindful Schools and…
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Marina Barnes

Instructional Aide

Saratoga High School
Saratoga CA USA
Marina’s first introduction to mindfulness was through Nonviolent Communication in 2007.  The intention in this paradigm of communication is connection.  However, what…
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Neena Barreto

Mindfulness Educator

New Haven Unified School District
Union City CA USA
Neena Barreto comes to this work with over 16 years as a classroom teacher in public elementary schools and a degree in English from Saint Mary’s College. She started…
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Suzy Becker

Mindfulness Educator

The Peck School
Morristown NJ USA
Suzy Becker is a long-time practitioner of mindfulness and an enthusiastic life-long learner. A mother, grandmother, teacher, and avid world-traveler, Suzy brings a lifetime…
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Melissa Berg-Baker

Mindfulness Educator

Plano TX USA
Melissa has practiced mindfulness for more than 10 years and is living proof that understanding how to work with the mind and the body reduces a person’s anxiety and…
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Richard Berger

Mindfulness Teacher

Seattle WA USA
Richard is a Professor Emeritus at University of Washington. His other credentials include:  Certified Mindfulness Facilitator UCLA, Certified Mindfulness-based Stress…
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Diane Bloch

English Learner Specialist

Pájaro Valley Unified School District
Santa Cruz/Watsonville CA USA
Diane Bloch has been a bilingual educator for over two decades, as a classroom teacher, a mentor for beginning teachers, and a reading specialist; she currently works as an…
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Janine Bloomfield

Mercer Island WA USA
Janine Bloomfield has been practicing mindfulness and awareness meditation for more than 15 years. She has found it to be of great benefit for stress and anxiety reduction as…
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Nick Boyiatzis

Professional School Counselor

NYC, DOE Bronxdale High School
Bronx NY USA
Nick is a Professional School Counselor with the New York City, Department of Education and is passionate about bringing mindfulness practices to his students and staff at…
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Lynne Brazg

Parent Coach

Community of Mindful Parents
Seattle WA USA
Lynne Brazg, M.Ed (Counseling) has retired from school counseling and is a parent educator and coach. She has over 18 years of experience working with children and parents…
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Susi Brennan

Teacher Support

San Francisco Unified School District
San Francisco CA USA
Susi has been a public school teacher for 20 years. From 2002-2014 she taught grades 4-8 and special education at San Francisco Community School, an alternative public school…
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Debbie Brevard

Assistant Director of Vocational Rehab/Job Coach/Horticultural Specialist

Center for Living and Learning
Franklin TN USA
Debbie is dedicated to the service of others and has a deep desire to see people grow, increase awareness, and reach their highest potential. She thrives in an organized work…
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Monica Brillig

Classroom Teacher

Salem OR USA
Monica is an experienced classroom teacher in public school and has been including mindfulness instruction with her students for the past three years.  With a Master’s degree…
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Julie Brody

Mindfulness Educator

Atherton CA USA
BSN, MAWS (Master’s Degree in Women’s Spirituality), Certified Yoga Instructor …
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d. jylani ma’at brown

Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement Instructor

the practice peace project
Oakland CA USA
As a veteran educator, jylani ma’at, brings years of experience working within public, private, and independent schools. She is extremely deliberate about integrating diverse,…
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W. Alan Brown

Administrator, Mindfulness Educator, Coach, & Consultant

Grace Church School
New York NY USA
Alan Brown is a Dean at Grace Church School in New York City, where he also leads the 9th-12th grade mindfulness program as well as the parent mindfulness program.  ​Alan…
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Gary Buck

Post Doc Intern

The Child Therapy Institute
San Rafael CA USA Petaluma CA USA
Gary Buck has a PhD in Psychology from Meridian University and is currently a post-doc intern at The Child Therapy Institute in both San Rafael and Petaluma, CA where he uses…
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Karen Bullard

Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor

Karbma Yoga
Seattle WA USA
Karen Bullard (aka Karb) has been practicing yoga for over 17 years and has had a daily mindfulness practice for the last 6. As well as the year-long certification via Mindful…
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Kathleen Callaghan

Speech-Language Pathologist

Portland OR USA
Kathleen is a Speech-Language Pathologist who works with children and adolescents between the ages of 2-18, both in a private clinic and in a school-setting.  Kathleen is…
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Cathy Cebulski Sacco

Mindfulness Educator; Adjunct Faculty; Elementary Montessori Teacher; Practicing Artist

Xavier University; Cathy Cebulski Sacco LLC
Cincinnati Ohio USA
Cathy Cebulski Sacco, MEd. is an educator, a consultant and an artist. She is deeply interested in helping students and faculty to cultivate self awareness, self-compassion,…
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Siri Chandler

Mindfulness Educator

Mindfulness for Children, Bangkok
Bangkok Thailand
After 15 years as an international school teacher, Siri Chandler chose to branch out in 2011 to bring mindfulness training to children, teens, teachers, and parents. Having…
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Alison Cohen

Mindfulness Educator, Trainer, and Speaker

Brooklyn NY USA
As a white child growing up in Washington, DC, Alison attended public middle and high schools that were predominantly African-American. She found herself asking endless…
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Jeff Cowan

Mindfulness Instructor

Inquiring Minds
Los Angeles CA USA
Jeff was introduced to mindfulness at a young age and has always had a passion for contemplative and introspective practices. In 2008 his interest and practice of mindfulness…
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Tasheka Cox

Psychotherapist/School Social Worker

Washington DC USA
Dr. Tasheka Cox, Ed.D, LICSW is a mindfulness based psychotherapist who specializes in treating anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and life transition difficulties.…
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Mary Lea Crawley

Certified Mindfulness Instructor

Mindful Kids
Madison NJ USA
Mary Lea Crawley is the founder of Mindful Kids and started leading meditation circles, for children and adults, in 2009. A long-time educator, her background…
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Nelly Darmali

Mindfulness Educator, Life Coach

Singapore Singapore
Nelly is a mindfulness practitioner and teaches mindfulness to at-risk youth with diverse learning and emotional backgrounds. In addition, she has been a volunteer teacher in…
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Eileen Davin


Napa County Office of Education
Eileen Davin has worked with the Deaf community both as a teacher and freelance interpreter. She has incorporated a unique addition to her Mindful curriculum which includes…
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Christine de Guzman

Mindfulness Instructor

Sacramento CA USA
Christine de Guzman has been practicing mindfulness since 1999. Her practice deepened in unexpected ways when she became a mother in 2004. Christine has taught an 8-week…
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Sandra Delaney


Public/Private Schools
Cambridge MA USA
Sandra has worked with students across the age, grades and learning spectrum. She has also worked with teachers to develop professional approaches to engaging differing…
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Poonam Desai

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Irving ISD
Dallas TX USA
Poonam Desai, Ph.D. earned her doctorate in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago after working as a Special Education teacher in Oakland, CA. She is currently…
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Brian Despard

Mindfulness Practitioner, Life Coach, Author

New Life Design Studio
West Springfield MA USA
I am a long-time mindfulness practitioner and author of a children’s book on mindfulness (‘You Are Not Your Thoughts’). My current focus is working with K-5 students…
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Joanne Despard


Chicopee Public Schools
Chicopee MA USA
As a long-time mindfulness practitioner I was honored to be a part of the Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification Program. I am currently an educator in the Chicopee Public…
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Nancy Deutsch

Private consultant, Poetry Teacher for Children and Elders

Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and private consultant
San Francisco CA USA
Nancy Deutsch specializes in bringing “Mindful Poetry” to children and elders combining her passion for helping students find their voices with her many years of interest…
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Camila Díaz

Program Manager & Mindfulness Educator

RESPIRA en Colombia
Bogotá Colombia
Camila Díaz has more than 10 years of experience working in the peace education field with children and communities affected by different types of violence in Colombia. She…
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Dee DiGioia

Mindfulness Coach & Trainer

Mindful Kindful YOUniversity
Pismo Beach CA USA
Dee is a “wholistic” educator who finds great joy in helping others discover and understand the inner workings of the mind and body, while cultivating the life-skills and…
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Marta Donahoe


Asheville NC USA
Marta Donahoe has studied mindfulness, formally and informally, for 10 years. She holds an MEd and is the executive director of CMStep. She was the founder of and program…
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Bobbie Downs


Educational Services Unit
Westampton NJ USA
Bobbie Downs is a passionate educator who has seen the benefits of integrating mindfulness into the classroom. Before entering her current position, she was a principal at an…
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Meghan Dutton

Mindfulness Educator, Special Educator and Yoga and Mindful Retreat Leader

Newport RI USA
Meghan Dutton currently works as a special educator and mindfulness facilitator in Massachusetts. She has worked with youth in elementary, middle, and high schools for the…
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Cindy Edwards

Mindfulness Instructor

Harmonious Kids
Annapolis MD USA
Cindy began her mindfulness practice after more than 15 years of previous meditation experience. She began practicing with children in 2009 when her own daughter was 3 and has…
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Kristin Ervin

MIndfulness Educator

Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education
Franklin MI USA
Kristin Ervin is a talented teacher of mindfulness, stress resilience, and strategies to increase well-being and potential.  She is a co-founder of the Michigan Collaborative…
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Deb Faling

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Kalamazoo MI USA
Deb Faling has been in the Kalamazoo area for 19 years and is dedicated to bringing mindful and compassionate interventions to children and adults in school and clinical…
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Melanie Fitzgerald

Early Childhood Special Education Behavior Specialist

Special School District St. Louis County
St. Louis MO USA
Melanie has over 30 years of educational experience working in a variety of settings.  She has extensive experience in providing professional training to staff & parents…
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Nan Flaherty

Mindfulness Instructor

Growing Minds
Milwaukee WI USA
Nan Flaherty was introduced to mindfulness while obtaining her certification as a yoga instructor and was immediately drawn to it. She went on to develop a personal practice…
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Maura Fox

Fox Center for Awakening Learning Potential, LLC
Glen Falls NY USA
Maura Fox has been in the field of education for 32 years. She believes that the more awareness we have about ourselves, how we think, approach tasks, function in the world,…
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Sonya Franke

Mindfulness Educator

Kaslo British Columbia Canada
Mindfulness is at the heart of Sonya’s life. She began her journey with mindfulness over 20 years ago teaching mindful movement to adults and children. …
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Babs Freeman-Loftis

Mindfulness Educator and Project Manager of SEL

Mindfulness in Nashville Education and Metro Nashville Public Schools
Nashville TN USA
Babs Freeman-Loftis is co-founder of Mindfulness in Nashville Education, a gathering place where those committed to mindfulness find connection, inspiration, education,…
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Anastasia Gensler


Elgin Il USA
Anastasia holds a Masters Degree in Teaching and brings 27 years of experience to the classroom in the Chicagoland area. Her deep passion for practicing mindfulness is rooted…
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Julie Gibson

Social Worker

Mindful Links
Woodstock IL USA
Julie Gibson is a seasoned Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a masters degree from the University of Chicago. She has had her own mindfulness practice for over ten years,…
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Emmanuelle Giumelli

Mental Health Therapist

Health and Support Therapy Services
Flagstaff AZ
Emmanuelle Giumelli came to the US from France. She earned a MA in Counseling Psychology in 2005 and works in Flagstaff as a Therapist. She incorporates mindfulness in her…
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Argos Gonzalez

English Teacher and Adjunct Lecturer

NYC Dept. of Education and Hunter College, CUNY
Pelham NY USA
Argos Gonzalez grew up in Queens, NY and is a product of the NYC public education system from elementary school to his graduate studies. He is a high school English teacher in…
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Leigh Ann Hale

Mindfulness and College Instructor

Rogersville MO USA
Leigh Ann is passionate about helping students learn. She has her master’s degree in elementary education and is currently a college instructor.  She understands the physical…
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Betsy Hanger

Mindfulness Trainer

Eagle Rock Mindfulness Services
Los Angeles CA USA
In her more than 30 years as a classroom teacher, Betsy Hanger has fostered creative collaboration between teachers and students. While completing a Master’s in Education…
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Jennifer Hawthrone


Charlotte NC USA
Jennifer Hawthorne earned her PsyD in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University in 2006. She currently works with individuals and families in private practice, but has…
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Grace Helms Kotre

MSW, Mindfulness Instructor

Power to Be, LLC
Ann Arbor MI USA
Grace Helms Kotre is the founder of Power to Be, LLC, providing mindfulness instruction to various organizations and individuals in Southeast Michigan. Grace’s empowering…
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Coke Hennessy

Mindfulness Instructor

St. Margaret of Scotland School
St. Louis MO USA
Coke Hennessy spent 36 years as an estate planning and tax lawyer.  She spent about 10 years training to teach mindfulness to children, which included a variety of workshops…
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Traci Hodes

Psychologist and Mindfulness Teacher

Prospect CT USA
Traci Hodes has been a psychologist for more than 20 years, with work experience spanning from early intervention through senior citizens. For the past 15 years, Traci has…
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Ann Hollar

Mindfulness Instructor

Seattle WA USA
Ann Hollar is a mindfulness instructor in Seattle. She has a M. Ed from the University of Washington. Her thesis was titled, “Mindfulness in Education: The Secular…
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Alesia Hollis

Special Education Teacher

Summit School
Crystal Lake IL USA
Alesia Hollis has over 20 years experience working with students and adults with special needs. She is certified as a learning specialist and has an MA in Curriculum and…
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Kelly Humphries

Registered Psychologist

South Shore Regional School Board
Halifax Nova Scotia Canada
Kelly Humphries is a school psychologist who has worked since 2001 in the public school system in Nova Scotia, Canada. Looking to better service the students in her schools,…
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Jossy Jimenez

San Diego CA USA Mexico Australia
Jossy is a certified mindfulness facilitator. She has a Masters (Human Development), and qualifications in Mindfulness Facilitation from UCLA and Mindful Schools. She is also…
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Brenda Kambakhsh

Mindfulness Instructor

Rochester MI USA
Brenda Kambakhsh discovered mindfulness when, as a cancer survivor, she was offered a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. Brenda has a Master’s degree in…
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Liz Keefe

Music and Mindfulness Teacher

San Francisco CA USA
Liz Keefe has been a music specialist in public and private schools for over 20 years. More recently she has been teaching stand-alone mindfulness classes that incorporate her…
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Christine Klaassen-St Pierre

Vice Principal

École FH Collins Secondary
Whitehorse Yukon Canada
After working for more than 25 years as an educator, Christine became passionate about what mindfulness can bring to youth and their families. She sees mindfulness practice…
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Leah Koff

Program Director

Okinawan Karate Academy
Lebanon NH USA
Leah Koff has a background in teaching children and adults in the classroom and in the outdoors.  Prior to staying home to raise her three boys, she was a fifth grade teacher…
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Serenity Krieger


West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD)
Oakland CA USA
Serenity Krieger has been practicing and integrating mindfulness into her classes in West Contra Costa Unified School District for the last three years.  She is eager to…
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Carol Lafferty

Mindfulness Instructor

Mindful Opportunities, LLC
Linden MI USA
After teaching 1st/2nd grade for 20 years, Carol made the decision to leave the classroom to devote herself to teaching mindfulness to students and teachers full time. She…
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Arlen Levy

Mindfulness Educator

Bellevue WA USA
Arlen brings her 28 years of teaching experience, along with her mindfulness practice and training, to students and staff in all educational settings. She has worked with…
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Rachel Lewin

Administrator and Mindfulness Educator

Los Angeles CA USA
Rachel Lewin is a school administrator and mindfulness facilitator. She has a Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and from…
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Nicole Libin

Mindfulness Educator and Adjunct Professor

Follow Your Breath
Calgary Alberta Canada
Dr. Nicole Libin brings great passion, experience, and delight to her teaching, seeking to inspire students to find their own paths and trust their own wisdom. …
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Pamela Linn

Licenced Professional Counselor

Moments in Mindfulness
Ann Arbor/Flint Areas MI USA
Pamela obtained her BA in Elementary Education in 1991 from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Counseling from Oakland University in 1998.  She holds a…
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Adrienne Lopez

American Studies Teacher

Valley View Middle School
Pleasant Hill CA USA
Adrienne has served as a classroom educator for over 10 years and has been providing mindfulness tools to middle school students, staff, and parents for over two years. She is…
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Amy Love

Mindfulness Educator/Intervention Specialist

Long Beach Unified School District
Long Beach CA USA
Amy Love firmly believes that bringing mindfulness practice into the lives of inner city public school youth is an act of compassion that positively effects their social,…
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Anne Love

Mindfulness Consultant

Mindful Moments Australia
Melbourne VIC Australia
Anne is a committed mindfulness practitioner who continues to deepen and enjoy her own practice. She has been practicing yoga since 1998, went to her first meditation retreat…
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Kelli Love

Mindfulness and Yoga Educator, Consultant, and Speaker

New York NY USA
Kelli Love, M.Ed brings 15 years experience to the field of contemplative education since receiving her degree in Early Childhood Education from Naropa University in 2001,…
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Stephanie Lupoli

Mindfulness Educator and Classroom Teacher

Astoria NY
Stephanie Lupoli is a New York City Public School teacher with thirteen years of teaching experience. Previously a literacy specialist working with struggling readers and…
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Sara Madrigal

School Counselor, Marriage Family Therapist

Byron Union School District/Private Practice
Brentwood CA USA
Sara Madrigal is an experienced mental health provider working in schools and private practice for almost 10 years. She has a personal mindfulness practice, and enjoys sharing…
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Danielle Mahoney

Mindfulness Educator, Literacy Coach and Nationally Board Certified Teacher

New York City Department of Education
Astoria NY USA
Danielle Mahoney is a passionate lifelong learner who has been weaving her mindfulness practice into her teaching since 2013. As a former Classroom Teacher, current Literacy…
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Marjolein Makowecki Fuentes

Mindfulness Educator

St. Albert Alberta Canada
Since 2013, Marjolein has been teaching mindfulness to children in St. Albert. She is very humbled by the experience that she had with these children and the positive effects…
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Erica Marcus

Mindfulness Educator

Wise Minds. Big Hearts.
Portland ME USA
Erica Marcus has over ten years of experience working with young people in classroom, wilderness therapy, and outdoor education settings.  In these spaces, she has used…
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Cindy Maxted

MIndfulness Educator

Annapolis MD USA
Cindy has spent her life in the mind, body, spirit field.  She has over 25 years of experience working with children and families as a registered nurse in the neonatal ICU,…
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Sarah McCarthy

Marriage and Family Therapist

Oakland CA USA
Sarah McCarthy has worked with adolescents and families for the past fourteen years as a therapist, guidance counselor, and outdoor educator. Her work has included individual…
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Caren McDonald

High School Teacher

East Palo Alto Academy
East Palo Alto CA USA
Caren McDonald has over 25 years of experience working with children and adolescents, both as a high school teacher and a social worker. Her personal mindfulness practice has…
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LeAnne McNamara

MIndfulness Educator

Purcellville VA USA
LeAnne McNamara has a background in elementary education. She received her degree from Notre Dame of MD University. Prior to staying at home to raise her daughters, she was…
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Renee Metty

Founder of The Cove School and Mindfulness Facilitator

The Cove School and With Pause
Seattle WA USA
An innovator, educator, and mindfulness practitioner, Renee Metty experiences the presence of children daily.  Her experience with children and families spans 25 years.  She…
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Beatriz Meza-Valencia

Pediatrician and Mindfulness Educator

East Boston Health Center and Cambridge Public Schools
Cambridge MA USA
Beatriz Meza-Valencia, MD, is a pediatrician, a mom of young children, and a mindfulness educator. She is a US Army veteran who started practicing mindfulness during her early…
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Trish Miele

Certified Mindfulness Educator and Facilitator

West Windsor NJ USA
With a background in elementary education, meditation and the arts, Trish, a former third grade teacher, began to pursue mindfulness beyond her…
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Maheen Mohammed

School Psychologist and Mindfulness Instructor

Karachi Sindh Pakistan
Maheen Mohammed is a school psychologist with over 10 years experience working with children, adolescents, parents, and school staff in Canada and Pakistan.  She has been…
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Peter Montminy

Child Psychologist

MidStep Centers for Child Development
State College PA USA
Dr. Montminy is a clinical child psychologist, family wellness coach, and national workshop presenter. …
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Ryan Moore

Intervention Specialist

Columbia County
St. Helens OR USA
Ry has been working professionally with “at-risk” youth for over eighteen years. Currently he is the Intervention Specialist for the Columbia County Department of…
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Susan Mordecai

Mindfulness Educator and Educational Consultant

Mindful In Vermont
Plymouth VT USA
Susan Mordecai holds a teaching license in Vermont with a Masters in Education. She currently works as a Mindfulness Educator and Educational Consultant. In addition to her…
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Miranda Murphy

School Administrator

Peel District School Board
Mississauga Ontario Canada
Miranda has been studying and practicing mindfulness for the past 10 years. After personally experiencing the benefits of a formal mindfulness practice, she felt strongly…
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Bruce Neustadter

Marriage and Family Therapist and Mindfulness Educator

Santa Cruz CA USA
Bruce Neustadter has over 30 years of experience working in schools with students, teachers and school leaders, developing and addressing social and emotional issues that…
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Flurina Niggli

Mindfulness Teacher / Naturopath

Mindful Youth Project
Redway CA USA
All through my educational pilgrimage as a Naturopath and Bodyworker, meditation has been my “backbone.” I have practiced mindfulness for the past 25 years and I have been a…
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Danielle Nuhfer

Teacher Wellness Coach, Mindfulness Educator & Classroom Teacher

Reading PA
Danielle Nuhfer specializes in teaching mindfulness to teens and teachers.  A public school educator for fifteen years, she has presented school wide professional development…
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Jacquelyn O’Malley

Mindfulness Teacher

Center for Mindfulness and Wellness
Flourtown PA USA
Jacquie O’Malley is a PA Certified School Counselor who runs the Center for Mindfulness and Wellness outside Philadelphia. She teaches mindfulness to children, teens and…
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Mariela Ortiz Perez

Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor

Fit Yogis
Escazú San Jose Costa Rica
Mariela Ortiz is a Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor. She discovered her passion for Yoga in 1999 while living in Boston, Massachusetts, after graduating in Business…
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Eliko Ozeki

Mindfulness Educator and Kindergarten Teacher

Independent School
Los Angeles CA USA
An innovative life-long explorer, Eliko comes to mindfulness education with over 20 years of classroom teaching experience in public and independent schools in Los Angeles,…
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Dawna Phillips

Mindfulness Educator

Framingham MA USA
Dawna’s experience of sharing the mindfulness lessons in Montessori K-6 classrooms since 2011 continues to show her that children have a lot of wisdom to share. She remains…
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Melinda Priddin

Social Worker

Toowoomba QLD Australia
Melinda Priddin has been working in the field of education and community welfare for the past 20 years and is currently working as a Social Worker across a mainstream and…
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Janet Reinhoffer

Mindfulness Instructor

Growing Minds
Milwaukee WI USA
Janet Reinhoffer is a former elementary school teacher who developed a mindfulness practice to benefit herself, her family and the students she works with. Janet’s knowledge…
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Maria Jose Renteria

MIndfulness Educator, Yoga and Drama teacher

Bogotá Bogotá D.C. Colombia
Maria Jose worked for several years as a Drama teacher for the MYP program of the I.B. After becoming a certified yoga teacher with a deep personal practice, she started her…
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Dea Rivera

LMFT, Mindfulness Instructor, School Counselor

Encinitas CA USA
Dea comes to us with over 20 years of experience working as an educator, therapist & school counselor.  She has helped over 1,000 students use mindfulness in schools.…
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Olivia Rivera

School Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

San Francisco Unified School District
San Francisco CA USA
Olivia has worked with youth in various capacities as a School Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Community Health Outreach Worker in a Wellness Center, and camp…
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Jamie Roberts

Mindfulness and ESOL Teacher

School District of Philadelphia
Philadelphia PA USAv
Jamie is a longtime mindfulness practitioner and public school teacher who passionately believes in the transformative power of mindfulness. Her mission is to…
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Shari Robinson

Educational Consultant

Dr. Shari Robinson brings a wealth of experience from her career in public education, research and development, and comprehensive school reform. She has taught students with a…
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Emily Rosen

Mindfulness Educator

Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)
Hartford CT USA
Emily Rosen M.Ed. has been practicing mindfulness and yoga for more than 15 years. As the mindfulness services coordinator for the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), a…
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Alexandra Rossi

Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher

Peace Within Kids Mindfulness and Yoga
San Francisco CA USA
Alexandra holds an eRYT 500 CYT and has studied yoga for the past 15 years, and has spent 10 of those years cultivating a mindfulness practice. While working as an assistant…
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Sarah Rudell Beach

Mindfulness Instructor and Executive Director

Brilliant Mindfulness, LLC
Minneapolis MN USA
Sarah Rudell Beach taught high school social studies for 17 years before founding Brilliant Mindfulness, LLC. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of…
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Karyn Sandelman

Director, Elementary and Adult Programs

Minds, Incorporated
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia USA
Karyn Sandelman is the Director of Elementary and Adult Programs for Minds Incorporated, a non-profit organization that brings mindfulness to youth and their adult communities…
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Emily Saunders

Community-Based Social Worker

Ajo AZ USA Tuscon AZ USA Phoenix AZ USA
Emily Saunders is a community-based social worker who integrates mindfulness into her therapeutic, classroom, and systems-level work with schools, families, at-risk young…
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Cheri Scarff

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Therapists Unlimited
Auburn WA USA
Cheri Scarff is a passionate pediatric occupational therapist who discovers creative ways to assist children who demonstrate difficulty performing and participating in school…
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Larry Schwartz

MIndfulness Educator

New York NY USA
Larry is an entrepreneur and has created sneaker and boot brands. Recently, Larry has been involved in impact investing–trying to change the world through for profit…
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Claire Seryak

Social Worker, Mindfulness Instructor

Chicago IL USA
Claire Seryak, PhD, LSW is a social work professional, educator and mindfulness instructor. She was introduced to mindfulness in 2009 as a practice to manage and cope with…
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Gloria Shepard

Mindfulness Teacher, Parenting Educator

Being Mindful
Media PA USA
Gloria Shepard has been teaching for more than 20 years, most recently teaching mindfulness to children, teens, parents, teachers, and other adults. She brings her own daily…
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Elizabeth Sheridan

Mindfulness Instructor and School Counselor

United Nations International School
New York NY USA
Elizabeth has supported youth and their families for nearly twenty years primarily in school settings.  She has worked in the NYC Public Schools, abroad in Barcelona, Spain…
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Shannon Smith

Mindfulness Teacher

Center for Resilience
Providence RI USA
Shannon Smith was a classroom teacher for 17 years and is now a full time Mindfulness teacher and tutor.  Shannon works for a nonprofit called Center for Resilience. She also…
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Alicia Soliz

Individual Counselor and School Psychologist

Solano County CA USA
Prior to becoming a mindfulness instructor and counselor, Alicia began her career as a special education teacher and school psychologist. She worked with students in early…
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Laura Solórzano

Mindfulness Teacher

Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico
Laura is an early childhood educator and holds a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in International Teaching. She has been teaching mindfulness in her…
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Raymond Soon

Mindfulness Instructor

A School
Raymond Soon is a long-term mindfulness practitioner and had completed a course in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat Zinn. …
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Kimberly Spanjol

New York NY USA
Kimberly Spanjol, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LMHC, CHES is a forensic psychologist, doctoral level board certified behavior analyst, licensed mental health counselor and certified humane…
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Melissa Spencer

Founder/Owner of Peaceful World Yoga, Yoga and Mindfuness Teacher

Peaceful World Yoga
Westminster CO USA
Melissa Spencer began her teaching career in South Florida in 1990 and moved to Colorado with her husband and two daughters in 1996. …
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Mark Stefanski

Mindfulness Educator and Science Teacher

Marin Academy
San Rafael CA USA
Building upon 15 years of personal practice and 31 years of experience teaching high school science, Mark Stefanski has adapted the Mindful Schools curriculum to serve young…
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Sivie Suckerman

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Sivie Suckerman Counseling and Mindfulness Classes
Bellevue WA USA Seattle WA USA
Sivie Suckerman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist working in private practice out of her office in Bellevue, WA. She has been working in…
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Leigh Suga

School Counselor/Social Worker

San Jose Unified School District
San Jose CA USA
Leigh Suga has worked with youth for over a decade in educational settings. She incorporates mindfulness into her work as a counselor through individual, small group and whole…
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Cheen Chong Tan

Mindfulness Educator

Singapore Singapore Singapore
Cheen works on both ends of the pace of work spectrum. He’s a technopreneur with over 20 years experience in IT. As a beneficiary of regular awareness practice, he’s also…
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Joanie Terrizzi

School Librarian

New York City Department of Education
New York NY USA
Joanie Terrizzi is a school librarian in New York City who integrates mindfulness into her program, working to create a whole-school model.  She is fascinated by teacher…
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Chelsea True

Executive Director, Mindfulness Instructor

Joyful Mind Project
Sebastopol CA USA
Chelsea True is the founder of Joyful Mind Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit bringing mindfulness education to schools and families in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She brings…
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Ellen Turverey

School Counselor

Rockville MD USA
Ellen has been in the educational field for 20 years counseling K – 12 students and their parents as well as school staff members. She has conducted service training for…
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Anne Uecker

Child Neuropsychologist

MaineGeneral Medical Center
Oakland ME USA
Anne Uecker is a Child Neuropsychologist who works in a hospital setting.  Anne began to practice meditation as an outgrowth of being an athlete (various sports) and…
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Maria Usewick

Occupational Therapist/Mindfulness Teacher/Trainer

Anchored Minds & Bodies, LLC
Bridgewater NJ USA
Maria Usewick is based in New Jersey and incorporates her knowledge and experience as a licensed occupational therapist, for over 20 years, with her practice as a certified…
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Amira Valle

Program Director

Elephant Wise
Mexico City DF Mexico
Amira Valle is a 25 years meditation practitioner. A scientist who worked researching the effects of meditation in the brain. Author of the book “Alice in Consciousland”,…
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Danny Vartan

Outside Provider/Coach

Frenso CA USA
Danny has enjoyed working as an Outside Provider for a year in public and private schools around Fresno. Danny loves the simplicity and universality of mindfulness practice.…
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Michelle Visser

Mindfulness Instructor

Victor ID USA
In an effort to cultivate strategies for greater focus and self-regulation, Michelle has been offering Mindfulness practice in elementary classrooms and in after-school…
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Pam Walton

Licensed Mental Health Clinician

Napa Valley Unified School District
Pam has been practicing and studying mindfulness since 1986, including 3 ½ years in intensive, formal retreat. Pam is a mental health consultant, clinical supervisor and…
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Patti Ward

Mindfulness Educator and Educational Consultant

Sparta MI USA
Patricia Ward has over 35 years of experience working in schools with students, teachers and school leaders.  She has a Masters degree in the area of Learning Disabilities,…
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Mehrnoosh Watson

Teacher, Parenting and Early Childhood Consultant

Thoreau School and Private Practice
Concord MA USA
Mehrnoosh Watson weaves the insights gained from her work as an educational consultant, Parent Coach, Mindful Instructor and years of experience as a public school teacher.…
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Rosie Waugh

Mindfulness Coordinator

McLean School
Potomac MD USA
Rosie is a long-time educator of students in both middle school and high school. She has been a Mindfulness practitioner for 4 years and during that time has been a leader in…
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Sarah Waxman

Outside Provider

San Francisco CA USA
Sarah Waxman has been a children’s yoga and mindfulness teacher since 2010. Originally from Washington, D.C., she has taught in various schools, after-school programs, and…
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Emily Tara Weiner

Marriage and Family Therapy Intern and Registered Art Therapist

Mindful Art Program
Oakland CA USA
Emily has a duel master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from NDNU in Belmont, CA, and brings over a decade of formal meditation and mindfulness…
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Vanessa Weiner

Executive Director

Providence RI USA
Vanessa has been teaching mindfulness and yoga to kids of all ages since 2009, and founded the ResilientKids Organization in 2011 to formalize and expand the offering that had…
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Jen Wilkinson

Until recently, Jen Wilkinson kept her mindfulness practices separate from her workplace. Now, she investigates ways to integrate mindfulness in her school community as a…
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Susie Wolbe


Dr Susie Wolbe’s Educational Services
Rowlett TX USA
Dr Susie Wolbe started her career as an educator, serving as a classroom teacher in the public school system, and both classroom teacher and principal in private schools.…
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Maja Wrzesien

Psychologist and Researcher

Valencia Valencia Spain
Maja Wrzesien has a PhD in Clinical Psychology. As researcher, she has specialized in the application of new technologies in mental health and education. She is a member of…
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