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Esther Brandon

Location: Jamaica Plain, MA
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Since 1971, Esther has dedicated her professional energy to the development of relationship-based teaching and learning, and in particular, the use of contemplative practices to support pre-service teachers as they take on the challenges of teaching. Her work has offered student teachers approaches that encourage self-reflection and self-care, so that they in turn are more easily able to offer clear attention, compassionate listening, and individualized learning to their students. She has offered this work in diverse contexts, such as with the teaching of children directly, as a supervisor of student teachers, a mentor to practica supervisors, and for eighteen years as the director of a university undergraduate field placement office.

For the past 35 years, she has practiced yoga and mindfulness meditation. After retiring from Lesley University in 2012, Esther completed the Yoga 4 Classrooms® Licensure Program for Trainers. Esther presents an introduction to Mindfulness and Self-Care as part of the Yoga 4 Classrooms IMPLEMENT™ Leader Training focused on empowering schools to use teaming and in-school leaders to sustainably integrate yoga and mindfulness school wide. 

Esther is a member of the Massachusetts Alliance for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL4MA). She lives in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood of Boston.


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