After graduating from college and teaching in Ghana, Alison began teaching in the Brooklyn public school system. During her early years in Brooklyn schools, Alison began practicing mindfulness and found it transformed her teaching — and her relationship to being an educator. Mindfulness enabled her to be compassionately present with students, colleagues, and herself in ways she had not previously experienced. Alison used mindfulness practice to question and confront her own biases, so that she could best meet her students' needs. In addition to the positive effects on her personal and professional relationships, she found the practice essential to stress reduction and burnout prevention in her day-to-day life.
Alison quickly became passionate about sharing the benefits of mindfulness with students, staff, and parents. Over time, she has expanded her mindfulness instruction to individuals outside of school communities. She supports people of all backgrounds in skillfully navigating their inner worlds, relationships, and daily lives. Her work integrates restorative practices and mindful communication.
Alison is committed to community-building, contemplative practice, social justice, and joy.
University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher
Mindful Schools, Certification Program in Mindfulness Education, certified Mindful Schools Instructor
International Institute for Restorative Practices, trained in Restorative Practices
Fordham University, M.A., Teaching
Harvard University, B.A., Sociology
SELECTED PAST EXPERIENCE
Mindfulness teacher for students, staff, and faculty at CUNY School of Medicine, 2016-2018
Summer 2016 faculty at Columbia Teachers' College Summer Principals Academy: "Self-awareness and Mindfulness Training for School Leaders: Leading from the Inside Out"
Founder and director of the Mindfulness Program at Williamsburg Preparatory High School in Brooklyn, NY
Founder and facilitator of the Williamsburg Prep Mindfulness group for educators, an after-school stress reduction group
Designer and facilitator of mindfulness classes for educational and nonprofit organizations, such as:
The Collegebound Initiative: workshop for New York City public school college counselors
The Jamaica Youth Justice Coalition: workshop for social workers and juvenile justice professionals assisting court-involved youth in Queens, NY
The Avodah Fellowship: workshop for social service professionals working in antipoverty organizations throughout New York City
Phillips Academy Andover: workshops for high school students, staff, and faculty
School for Democracy and Leadership, Brooklyn, NY: training for school staff
New York Times special feature, “Cultivating Mindfulness for Educators”
Subject of a Greenpoint Gazette article for her innovative social justice curricula: “Challenging the System: Williamsburg Prep Students Take on Wrongful Convictions”