Education designed with soul in mind.

There is an education of the future wanting to emerge now.

We know that our children are struggling in schools right now, and that it does not have to do with academics. Our children are craving to feel secure in a very stressful and stimulating, often disconnected, world.

This world, and even educational structures, will constantly demand that they abandon their own inner knowing and rely on something they are told externally.

Unless we change how we empower youth in education by:

  • Creating opportunities for our children to know their own purpose, direction, and soul.

  • Encouraging our children to know themselves before anything else and hear and trust their own inner guidance, developing personal autonomy and a strong sense of healthy identity.

  • Directly teaching children skills in mindfulness, self-regulation, emotional awareness, body awareness, and empowering them with brain science to understand their own body/brain connection and how this effects their interactions with the outside world.

  • Weaving character-based, place-based, experiential education into effective and impactful curricular structures.

Indeed, research now shows that academic ability is a secondary indicator of success.  Children first need rich experiences that allow them to develop their character and values in order for the brain to be in an optimal state for academic learning.  

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As a consultant, I help schools weave innovation, character education, mindfulness, & authentic relating into the fabric of the school.

As a consultant, I am available for innovative opportunities to advance curriculum to include topics of innovation, and to establish sustaining school-wide mindfulness initiatives. Administrators may email or schedule a consult. (I do not meet with parents or teachers at this time without an administrator.)

Our students deserve connected schools that prioritize children’s self-awareness and the quality of their social and emotional experiences. The charge of quality education is that our children know themselves better when they leave the school building than when they arrived.

Or email to introduce yourself and your vision.


educational ResumÉ:

  • Certified Mindfulness Educator through Mindful Schools

  • Master’s in Special Education

  • Master’s in School Administration

  • School creation & leadership

  • Curriculum design

  • Character education

  • Trauma-informed practices

  • Expeditionary Learning

  • Incorporation of social/emotional alongside academics

  • Racial Equity training

  • Autism, ODD, ADHD, trauma, behaviors

  • Therapeutic education

  • Change models

  • Community circles and class meetings

  • Integrated curriculum

  • Mindfulness curriculum

  • Responsive interventions

  • School accreditation

  • Staff development

Benefits of Mindfulness in schools:

  • Increase student self-regulation

  • Increase student autonomy

  • Improve executive function

  • Improve focus

  • Improve communication

  • Improve emotional regulation

  • Improve personal attunement

  • Decrease student behaviors

  • Increase quality of life for students

  • Improve student response

  • Improve connectedness of curriculum





"What strikes me about Sarah is that she is the only education administrator I have ever worked with who considers the whole child in her approach to students, parents, and educators. She helped me construct an emotionally safe and harmonious learning environment through her use of mindful practices. I find myself having embraced the progressive techniques I learned from Sarah and have incorporated her vision into my daily practice not only with my students, but in my personal life as well. For her guidance and wisdom I remain infinitely grateful."

-MM, Instructor