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KRYSTEN FORT-CATANESE

Krysten has worked in K-8 education for over 20 years and has been a consultant on how to implement and integrate sustainable social and emotional learning and secular mindfulness programmes in international schools. Krysten has a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology, a full teaching credential, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a Social Justice emphasis. She was the Founding Director of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindfulness at the United World College (UWC), an IB World School in Phuket, Thailand. Krysten joined the MindWell Education team in 2013. She is a teacher and trainer with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK). Krysten received her Council in Schools teacher training in 2011 and also trained in Compassionate Communication/Non-Violent Communication (NVC) with the late Dr. Marshall Rosenberg in 2001. In 2010, she completed the Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training (CEBTT), an adult mindfulness teaching certification, with groundbreaking psychologist Dr. Paul Ekman and world renowned meditation teacher Dr. B. Alan Wallace.

 

Krysten is currently on the Design Team for the Mindfulness Director Initiative (MDI), an organization aiming to establish a mindfulness director role in more school across the United States.  She is passionate about transformative education, teacher training, and mental health. She helps educators to develop a deeper understanding of child development (cognitive, social and emotional), equity, and diversity while focusing on pedagogical frameworks that are informed by constructivist, developmentally-appropriate approaches. Currently, Krysten develops and facilitates mindfulness-based workshops, trainings, and retreats for educators around the world. She is based in Boulder, Colorado, USA.