“As far as I can tell, it’s just about letting the universe know what you want and then working toward it while letting go of how it comes to pass.”
“With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
I am Jenna, and I have been an active educator, instructional specialist, teacher coach, and aspiring transformational leader for more than 21 years while managing my own mental health needs.
After teaching special education in public schools for 16 years, I entered the field of training and coaching educators. I began using my experience and passion for student success by sharing my skills (and my empathy for those in the profession) to improve the well-being and teaching practices of hundreds of K-12 educators. It became increasingly obvious to me that my unique style, coupled with a healthy dose of mindfulness strategies, could benefit educators all over the globe.
As an educator who deals with mental health concerns of my own, I worked diligently to leverage my skill sets and maintain my own well-being. I found that with strategies in place, I could effectively maintain a profoundly effective practice.
I began to notice how many of our Nation’s educators are teaching students while dealing with things like mental illness, disabilities, personal struggles and a lack of strategies to address educational issues. Most of all, I saw struggling educators longing to be effective while not knowing how to get there. That is what The MindFull Educator is all about.
Yes, the double-L in “Mindfull” was intentional. I have moderate to severe Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Additionally, I have dealt with episodes of depression, generalized anxiety, and periods of insomnia and racing thoughts since I was 9 years-old.
The term Mindfull came to me when I was dealing with racing thoughts at 3:00 AM on March 22, 2020. Indeed, my mind was FULL of ideas. Through supporting first-year and struggling veteran educators while under self-quarantine due to the global medical crisis caused by the Corona-virus (COVID-19), I became increasingly aware that there must be an ongoing National dialog on educator wellness and well-being. I am doing my part here to bring these issues to light SHAMELESSLY.
I am here to tell you that despite the mental health concerns you might be dealing with, you can lead a successful career in education. In fact, because so many of us with these concerns also have deep empathy for others, you can thrive in the field with the correct supports and resources.
Join me as I work to give educators a voice and resources for developing outstanding teaching practices while managing the personal differences that impact their daily lives.
The Mindfull Educator’s Mission:
I, along with a community of educational and specialized professionals, am dedicated to being a coach and advocate for the mental and emotional well-being of educators while also providing reliable, research-based strategies and resources for developing your teaching practice.
I will demonstrate that despite personal and mental health obstacles, you can be the type of educator who changes your student’s lives for the better no matter their age, race, socioeconomic background or learning differences.