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 positive habits for emotional, physical, and social well-being.
The practice of mindfulness is integrated into all aspects of her life, both personally and professionally. Her passion for mindfulness evolved from her work as as a credentialed speech-language therapist in schools when working with children with self-regulation and severe behavioral challenges and has seen the positive impacts first hand with her students after pioneering a program at an inner city charter school in Sacramento.
Dee’s approach towards mindfulness is secular and based on research and neuroscience. Learning about how the brain works cultivates curiosity, self awareness, social-awareness, and compassion to better understand ourselves. With practice, mindfulness can help us to become aware of the present moment or experience by observing our thoughts, physical sensations, and emotions at the moment they occur without reacting in an automatic or habitual way. Instead, we can begin to practice responding creatively, consciously, and in attunement with our values. Life may feel overwhelming at times, however we can practice the research-based skills to remain calm and centered through life’s ups and downs. This is the foundation for emotional intelligence life skills. Dee believes mindfulness is the missing piece (and peace) in education, as well as in our relationships with ourselves, and with others.