(The Teaching Well) truly lives up to their name! They are a gift to the world of educators and all the students we touch. This workshop deepened my understanding of how stress impacts my classroom and my students, and gave me practical tools that I was able to practice within the workshop that I can now take into my classroom… This workshop made me a more kind, thoughtful, and caring educator because it gave me the permission and skills to be a kind, thoughtful, and caring to myself. Happy teachers make happy students, and (The Teaching Well) helps make teachers happy!
— Kelley S., 8-year teacher, Oakland
(This workshop showed me) the importance of knowing my own body, feelings, and strengths which will enable me to make decisions that can serve to “fill my well”. When I am operating from a place of fullness I can be a better teacher and colleague for my school community.
— Soledad, Grade-Level Lead, Los Angeles
When we recognize our own strengths and honor those in others, we can create a network/community of educators who can help one another rather than depleting our own resources struggling to succeed on our own.
— Kimberly, 17-year teacher, Los Angeles
Mindful Mentoring offered me a center; a foundation, a balance in my hectic life. Before discovering the Teaching Well and the wonderful people behind it; I was a gigantic ball of stress all the time.

My sessions have provided me with an insight into finding avenues that can channel positive vibes, and energy into my daily life.

This literally saved my life and has helped a person that lives with a learning disability and terrible anxiety; another way to focus all the good in my life and see beyond all that negativity that used to push me down.

I am grateful for Kelly’s thoughtful presence, nurturing spirit and most of all for being a true friend throughout this entire school year. I hope to continue my journey with the Teaching Well; because they’ve become my armor against negativity and a blessing in my life.
— -Jonny, Teacher, Oakland
I thought the workshop was planned incredibly thoughtfully and was always brought back to how this work helps students- since that is the overall goal for us as teachers. Yet (The Teaching Well) did it in a way that also puts the health and wellbeing of teachers at the forefront. It was excellent!”
— Eric, Teacher, Oakland
I have felt for a while now that I have needed to quit. I feel frustrated and tired and overworked and I always just push through it. Listening to this talk made me feel normal. It gave me some much needed light, validation. Maybe I can stay in education and I can do it at the capacity and cadence that I feel most able. I feel that I have the best intentions and half way through the year, I’m only just able to keep my head above water. Today, I learned WHY that is. I feel empowered.
— Martha, Veteran Teacher, Los Angeles
(The Teaching Well) exceeded my expectations. The educational content and opportunities for group and personal interaction was fantastic.
— Scott, Administrator, East Oakland
Absolutely brilliant PD! Really filled up my self care bucket and gave me plenty of ideas for how to continue taking care of myself, so I continue being an educator.
— Janelle, Teacher, East Oakland
(The Teaching Well) was inspiring. The facilitators come from a background of teaching and they have a great deal of experience, understanding, respect, and compassion for the work. I really admire the use of mindfulness and meditation. I enjoyed learning about my way of teaching that comes naturally to me. The encouragement of great understanding of myself helps my energy to flow more evenly and more sustainably. Thank you!
— Samantha, Teacher, San Francisco
Today during 6 period my students were not participating in a positive manner. I almost lost my temper. But instead of yelling or writing referrals, I stepped into the hall and used the ‘hand holds’ tool and got myself back from the edge. I came back in and was able to bring the class together. Yippeee.
— Jamaal, Teacher, Oakland
I have used the orienting in your body exercise a couple of times this week and it has really helped me to start my day on a positive note. I noticed that after doing the exercise things that came up during the day rolled off my back much easier.
— Taylor, Teacher, Bay Area
The Mindfulness and Self Care for Educators session was a wonderful gift to me. I especially enjoyed the session at the end of the Professional Development Day. Taking time for self care is a challenge for teachers so this session was great and helped me to relax while paying attention to my body.
— Tameka, Teacher, West Oakland
I really appreciated how the facilitators were able to discuss when/how to use the tools throughout the day in an actual classroom. It is also very helpful that both facilitators are/have been educators!
— Erica, Teacher, West Oakland
Getting in touch with yourself and honoring your self and what you do (teaching) was soothing yet energizing. I really appreciate the opportunity you afforded me to be aware of myself in this profound manner. Thank you.
— Bonner, Teacher Leader, San Francisco