Liz has worked in the fields of education and child development for over thirty years, with extensive experience in therapeutic early childhood education, special education and general education classroom teaching. Her degrees and certifications include a MS in Education from Bank Street, post-graduate work with the Educational Institute for Learning & Research, early childhood therapeutic intervention training from St. Luke’s Hospital Department of Child Psychiatry and the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services as well as a certification as a Mindful Schools Instructor and study with the Inner Resilience Program and the Mindful Education Institute.
Moved by the benefits of her own meditation practice, she spearheaded a mindfulness and social emotional learning initiative within her own school that subsequently became a district-wide endeavor reaching over five thousand students. Now retired from the classroom, Liz works as a consultant with the goal of integrating mindfulness, compassion and social emotional learning within schools, communities and families. She has a private practice as an educational therapist and mindfulness instructor. Her clients have included private families as well as The Inner Resilience Program, Little Flower Yoga, Westchester Jewish Community Services, the Girl Scouts, the Jewish Education Project, the Mamaroneck School District and IBM Research. In teacher trainings she is committed to honoring the day to day wisdom and innovation of teachers who are able to teach from their own hearts and support the inner lives of their students. She is passionate about exploring the ways that teachers and families bring this work to life in their own homes and classrooms.
Liz is also a fiddler and square dance caller, with a special interest in using traditional dance to foster community.