Seewan is a lifelong learner and educator with a deep commitment to and experience in leading for equity in education non-profits, start-up charters, and urban public schools.
As Executive Director at Mindful Schools, Seewan has built organizational capacity, vision, and presence in order to meet the unprecedented need for social and emotional well-being, mental health, and equity in schools. Seewan joined the organization initially as Interim Executive Director in January 2020 with the charge of restructuring operations, assessing organizational strategy, and cultivating a culture of trust.
Prior to joining Mindful Schools, Seewan served as VP of Digital Transformation at the New Teacher Center where she led key initiatives to scale tech-enabled, people-centered solutions supporting teacher professional growth and teacher retention. At WestEd, she conducted fast-paced research, evaluation, and online product development as part of a new Innovation Studies team. She also has nine years of classroom teaching experience, most recently as a middle school teacher at San Francisco Community, a teacher-run school in SFUSD with a focus on project-based learning.
Seewan is passionate about empowering teachers and building a community of educators that drives for resilience, compassion, equity, and justice in schools. She received a B.A. in American History/Educational Studies from Brown University and an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Seewan also earned her National Board Certification as a middle school teacher in 2003.
The firstborn daughter of two Chinese immigrants, Seewan was raised in the New England area of the United States and currently resides in Berkeley, California, with her husband and young daughter. She enjoys hiking, learning to snowboard as an adult, and deepening her lifelong ballet practice.
Recent interviews, news, and writing include:
Be Curious, Be Kind, Be Brave, School 180 Podcast
Mindful Schools Announces Equity in Action Fund, Mindful Schools
Nurturing Change from Within, Mindful Schools
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