Crystal McCreary

Starting with You: Mindfulness for Teacher Self-Care

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn why the best thing you can do to support your students is to take care of yourself first

  • Hear how classrooms that foster compassion and inquiry lead to more academic learning

  • Follow along in an embodied mindfulness practice to bring you to the moment right now

About Crystal McCreary

Crystal McCreary is a yoga, mindfulness and wellness educator, speaker and writer. Crystal participates as a curriculum developer, consultant and lead teacher for research studies on yoga and mindfulness conducted by CUNY-Hunter’s public health department and also serves on the Yoga Alliance Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Advisory Committee. She is involved with organizations that impact youth including Mindful Schools, New York based Bent on Learning and Little Flower Yoga, and the Lineage Project. Crystal’s programs emphasize the importance of self-care as the gateway to social justice and community healing in the world. Crystal graduated from Stanford University with a BA in African and African American studies and completed The American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts program in Acting. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT500 and RCYT and works full-time at The Dalton School in New York.

You can connect with Crystal on her website.

About Rona Wilensky, PhD

Rona Wilensky is Director of Mindfulness Programs at PassageWorks Institute where she teaches SMART in Education, a mindfulness program for educators. From 1992- 2009 she was founding principal of New Vista High School, an innovative public high school of choice in Boulder, Colorado. She is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute and was member of the Leadership Council of the Garrison Institute’s Initiative on Contemplative Teaching and Learning. Rona holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and taught that subject at Williams College and the University of Denver in the early 1980’s.

Check out Rona's work at PassageWorks.

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  1. Paophue Her October 20, 2019 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    I like your comment on emotional intelligence when dealing with child misbehavior. I have found in my experience with my own children and students as a teacher that when I acknowledge their feelings, I respond to the issue better. As a result we come to better solution for the child, myself, and the learning environment.

  2. Jenny Rock October 20, 2019 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful, warm-hearted, authentic and inspiring talk! Thank you so much, Crystal.

  3. Irene Kenison October 19, 2019 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you for being genuine and sharing how we are better equipped to help students when we have tended to our own stress and well-being.

  4. Alanna October 19, 2019 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much Crystal. Your authenticity and passion for the practice is inspiring. Loved the session! Thanks

  5. Valerie Kelly October 19, 2019 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    So down to earth. So real thank you Crystal!! Mindful Zones Of Rockledge Florida echos your sentiment for educators self care initiatives.

  6. Maria Ruiz-Blanco October 19, 2019 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Thank you Crystal! It was great listening to you. Your passion and joy are contagious.

  7. Katie October 19, 2019 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your compassion and kindness. When I am doing yoga often think back fondly to when you lead yoga sessions for the Mindful Schools retreat.
    Thanks for all that you do

  8. may zaw naing October 19, 2019 at 4:34 am - Reply

    so glad about learning on the role of Self care in daily life. Thank you

  9. Emma Gonzalez October 18, 2019 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I Got it! Especially with educators needing to take care of self before he/she is able to help students. I care for very young children and have noticed that when I am anxious or stressed about something, my children will act out and exhibit challenging behaviors.
    I plan on being more “mindful, understanding and responsible from now on with my “power”.
    I shall remember to nourish my mind and body before each class so that the children can recieve the best of me. Thank you

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