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Heather McDonnell

Location: Wallingford, CT
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As the Lead Physical Therapist for the Meriden Public Schools for over 20 years, Heather has created and provided professional development for educators, therapists, counselors, as well as parents throughout the State in the areas of Self-Regulation, Brain Gym, Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness, Recess Programs, Yoga, Sensory Room Design and Implementation.  Heather is also a Certified Mindful Schools Teacher and has used her background it the areas of Special Education, and Self-Regulation to implement programming for children of all abilities both at home, in the community and within the school setting.  In addition to Heather’s background in Physical Therapy she holds an undergraduate degree with a dual Major in Physical Education and Athletic Training as well as dual minor in Health and Adapted Movement.  Heather has created programming within her district as well as area YMCA’s for children of all abilities and all ages.  Heather has created and implemented Zen Rooms within her district, Mindfulness Programming for at risk students as well as district-wide programming in the areas of Mindfulness and Yoga. Heather provides training and consultation to area PTAC organizations for parents and caregivers.  Heather’s design and programming for Sensory Rooms has been featured on Edutopia as well as awarded by the 100 Foundation as one of the top 100 Innovators in the World for Sensory Room Design and School Wide Implementation.  Heather has dedicated her career and life’s work to creating moments of peace, and awareness for all students and teachers through all areas of their lives.  In addition to Yoga 4 Classrooms, Heather holds additional certifications in the Mindful Schools, Brain Gym, Zumbatonic, Mad Dog Spinning, Personal Trainer, National Athletic Trainer, Aquatic Therapy, 95 Hour Children’s Yoga Certification, Body Pump, TRX, and Master Trainer for Creative Relaxation for Children with Special Needs.  Heather hopes that one day Yoga 4 Classrooms and Mindfulness will reach all children creating the healthiest and happiest learning environment for all students both young and old. Heather currently lives in Wallingford, CT with her husband and 3 children. 

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