Education is my passion. Having taught some form of the arts since I was twenty, I have worked in every type of private and public institution. I’ve juggled a myriad of part-time jobs. I have worked with preschool to older adults and every population in between including in Universities, Colleges, Elementary, Middle Schools, and High Schools. I have been a consultant and an artist-in-residence. But nowhere was I more challenged than when I became a full-time teacher in the state of Colorado. In my time as a teacher, I never exceeded $35,000 in salary, albeit that was over 15 years ago.

When I stepped away from the traditional classroom, I focused my work on educators themselves, with the intention of changing one classroom at a time. From personal experience, educators are some of the most under-appreciated, underpaid, and over-worked professionals in the country. Yet, they also have one of the most challenging and important roles. Teachers wear more hats than most people could ever fathom and are responsible for the future of our society through the educating and often raising of our children.

But, who is there to support the teachers? Teachers have their own support systems–family, friends, administration, and more–but they also have support from former educators such as myself. I consider myself blessed to be able to teach educators what I have studied and practiced in my adult life through varying continuing education courses. Now more than ever, it appears to be urgently relevant to integrate these principles into every aspect of education. Creativity, Body/Mind Wellness, Kinesthetic Learning, Stress Management, Resiliency, Bully-Proofing, as well as balance and integration, need to be incorporated into the academic curriculum. I watch as my teachers are forced to comply with standards that have nothing to do with their students’ needs or learning skills. When teachers incorporate breathing, movement, and creativity development into the academic curriculum, students respond enthusiastically and the results are exceptional and multi-faceted.

In my continuing education courses, educators are able to increase their earnings, re-certify their teaching license, and satisfy continuing education credits while incorporating life-changing ideas, lesson plans, and practical applications. I want teachers to walk away from my courses with tools that can make a difference in their own lives and on their students’ lives and academic achievements.

Even more, I want educators to think about this: What if we could overhaul the system with a more integrated approach that allowed teachers and students to excel by teaching self-responsibility and a love of learning?

To find out more about continuing education courses for educators at Body/Mind Dynamics, related seminars, and in-service courses at your district,  please go to: or contact us at: [email protected].

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