I received my bachelor's degree in Moral Education and my master's degree in Educational Leadership. I have been working as an Educational Consultant for the past 20 years.
I'm a nationally recognized presenter, trainer and instructor in mindfulness and children's yoga. I began my career in the early childhood classroom and then created and implemented educationally based and yoga inspired programming that has resonated with school leaders, educators, parents and children.
In my work with educators I advocate, nurture and support teacher learning, development and growth. With a focus on mindfulness in the classroom, successful classroom management, teacher social emotional competence, as well as student social emotional development my track record shows I know what it takes to make a good teacher great and a great teacher even greater.
I founded and directed Nesheemah Yoga Center (breath in Hebrew). Outgrowths of the yoga center include CADDY Camp and Nesheemah Kids Yoga Teacher Training (NKYTT).
CADDY Camp, which stands for Circus, Art, Drama, Dance and Yoga, was a creative arts camp that I created and directed for 10 years for 6-11 yr. olds.
NKYTT is a 95-hr. Yoga Alliance Accredited Children’s Yoga Teacher Training and is a RCYS (Registered Children’s Yoga School).
In 2017, I began a program for executives, called Lead, Women, which is an online community of women leaders providing resources to support career goals, personal aspirations, and practicing mindfulness. 2018 saw the Lead, Women Virtual Summit: What Women in Tech, Politics + Entertainment Are Saying About Career, Men and Keeping Your Sanity. Check it out here!
In addition to an M.A. in Educational Leadership, I completed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training, and I hold E-RYT-200 as well as RCYT Yoga Alliance accreditations and I am a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher Trainer.
For the past 15 years, I have presented at national conferences, professional development and inservice school days, and at corporations.
I have also custom designed programming for both public school districts as well as for private schools. Here are all the presentations I have given.
The Nesheemah Kids Yoga Teacher Training (NKYTT) is a 95-hour Yoga Alliance accredited program. It is based on current cognitive neuroscience research and evidence-based education pedagogy. NKYTT utilizes the best practices of yoga, mindful education, creative arts and play, precepts of social emotional learning (SEL) and social emotional competency (SEC), and guiding principles of positive psychology. NKYTT integrates yoga and mindfulness education with the modalities of circus, art, dance, drama, and music to offer an interdisciplinary approach to enriching children’s lives.
Through attainable, relatable, accessible and fun ways to understand yoga for children, participants will graduate with a very valuable toolbox.
MFE is based on the current research in cognitive neuroscience shows that cultivating a mindfulness practice in the classroom offers many benefits for both teachers as well as students. Mindfulness training strengthens executive functioning, particularly the regulation of emotion, attention, thought and behavior. Training teachers first leads to greater teacher social emotional competence, and since teachers set the emotional tone for the classroom, this is crucial for creating of a safe, nurturing learning environment. This leads to greater teacher satisfaction and retention creating a positive ripple effect throughout the school. When teachers are equipped with their own inner toolbox they in turn can teach their students these valuable mindfulness tools that they can carry with them throughout their lives.
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