Andrew Nance is the founder, Program Manager, and Lead Facilitator forMindful Arts San Francisco (MASF). Additionally, he offers trainings and assemblies around the globe for libraries, schools, and school districts to provide the principles of mindfulness to students and staff. His mindfulness training comes from Mindful Schools, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Omega and Esalen. For almost two decades he was the Conservatory Director of The New Conservatory Theatre Center, providing educational theater experiences for thousands of Bay Area youth.
His first Mindful children's book, PUPPY MIND, published by Parallax Press, and distributed by Penguin Random House is now available for purchase at your local bookstore and online HERE.
Julia Schoettle recently made the change from a long career in high tech to focusing on things that really matter….children and harbor seals! After stepping away from the Silicon Valley world, she attended UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior where she earned her Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation. This is Julia’s first year as literacy and “focus time” volunteer with Junipero Serra and Sherman Elementary. When not working with children, she is on Harbor Seal crew at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. Not sure which group is more adorable but the kids are better at learning to breathe and focus!
Jasmin Flores has been in the early childhood Education for 17 years and taught preschool at Buen Dia Family School in the Mission district for 13 years. Before joining Mindful Arts Education, she attended Mindfulness in Education workshops led by her mentor Daniel Rechtshaffen. She is excited to be working with the students of Charles Drew.
Linda Fawkes is a native of the Bay Area and has lived in San Francisco for eight years. This is her third year as a literacy volunteer at Charles Drew Academy. She is currently studying with Mindful Schools, an online resource for teachers from around the world, to learn the fundamentals of mindfulness.
Radhika Rao is an actor, storyteller, and theatre teaching artist. She was raised in India and moved to the United States to study theatre in India. She is passionate about using the performing arts to promote peaceful living, social justice, and interpersonal communication.
Laurel Thornton has been an educator and photographer for over 30 years. She has worked with developmentally disabled kids and adults, was counselor in residence with teens and then later as a teachers aide for a United Cerebral Palsy program. She is inspired to teach children and adults this incredible life skill.
Samantha Weiss has been working in education since 2008, as a middle school English teacher, teacher trainer in Peace Corps Cambodia and currently in building collaborations between public school districts in California. As a yoga and meditation student and teacher, she sees the value and necessity of sharing these skills with students of all ages. She is excited to work with and learn from SFUSD Students.
René Ly is a current graduate student at the University of San Francisco in the Urban School and Social Justice Program. She has dedicated herself to the craft of teaching and strongly believes in the power of holistic health. She is excited to be a part of Mindful Arts Education, sharing and learning with the community.
Half of our Mindful Arts SF Intrepid 2016-17 Volunteer Teaching Staff at one of our Meet-ups to discuss best practices.