Encouraging Compassion, Understanding, and Resilence in Education
Former Board Members
WynneKinder, BA Ed
Wynne was a classroom teacher for 17 years and from this she began creating and conducting mindful awareness-based Wellness Works in Schools™ in 2004. As a partner in Kinder Associates LLC, she is their lead instructor, curriculum writer, and teacher trainer. Wynne's work focuses on assessing/addressing student needs, building relationships, guiding behavior and teaching attention, social engagement, emotional regulation and executive function skills. Her training includes: Mindful Yoga, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, CASEL, Trauma-Informed Somatic Practices and Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Institute. Most recently she helped develop and is the voice for mindful, digital Brain Breaks (FLOW) on GoNoodle.com and is pursuing a MA in Education through Eastern Mennonite University (emphasis: working with at-risk populations).
David is a professor in the University of Washington Information School. A computer scientist by training, he has worked to understand contemporary challenges such as information overload and the acceleration of everyday life as the loss of “contemplative balance.” He is the author of Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age (Arcade, 2001) and is currently working on a book with the working title “No Time to Think.”
Irene is a psychologist, school consultant, author/editor of numerous publications including the 2009 Tuning In: Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning. She consults with organizations nationwide providing professional development and teaching mindfulness for administrators, faculty, trustees and aspiring leaders. Irene is a founder of several schools and initiated the founding of the Friends Council’s SPARC program – Spirited Practice and Renewed Courage, based on Parker Palmer’s teacher formation principles. She is the Executive Director of the Friends Council on Education and Board President for the Council for American Private Education.
Former MiEN Secretary
Emily is a former high school English teacher. Emily left the classroom for the yoga studio in 2010 and quickly found a way to bring the two together. After attending a Mindfulness in Education conference and training at the Omega Institute, bringing mindfulness into schools became her passion. She is currently working as the mindfulness and yoga teacher at Mountaintop Montessori (K-8) for both faculty and student body, and she leads mindfulness and yoga workshops, summer camps, and enrichment activities for children throughout the Charlottesville, Virginia area. Emily is also a member of the Mindfulness steering committee at the University of Virginia, a cross-disciplinary group engaged in dialogue about encouraging mindful teaching and learning at the university level. She is currently writing a curriculum for using mindfulness to inspire creativity in children.
Amy Saltzman, MD
Amy is a holistic physician, mindfulness teacher, wife and mother. She has been teaching mindfulness for over 14 years. She is the founder and director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education. Her passion supporting children and adults in discovering the Still Quiet Place within. She has two research studies through the Stanford Department of Psychology: evaluating the benefits of teaching mindfulness to child-parent pairs and to children in elementary school. Dr. Saltzman offers lectures and courses for schools, parenting organizations, and education and medical conferences. She also provides individual mindfulness instruction and holistic medical care to children and adults.
MeenaSrinivasan, MA, NBCT
Meena is an international educator passionate about bringing mindfulness into education and was involved in the creation of Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. She has experience teaching grades 6-12 in humanities, health and special needs, and has taught at some of the world’s leading International and Independent Schools in Brazil, India and California. Meena currently teaches 6th grade at Park Day School in Oakland, California where she integrates mindfulness into her Humanities curriculum.