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Summary

Bringing peace into real life with mindfulness and emotional skills for people of all ages.

Work History

July 2010Present

Director, Founder, and Teacher

Gloria Shepard: Mindfulness & Parenting Education

Mindfulness for All Ages

  • Teaching a wide range of mindful practices to bring awareness into the present moment with openness through classes, workshops, trainings, and individual/family support,
  • Supporting students to integrate mindfulness and emotional self-awareness into their lives,
  • Making mindfulness accessible for everyone regardless of previous experience, age, temperament, etc.


Mindful Parenting

  • Teaching relational mindfulness with a focus on awareness, acceptance, and insight in the context of family relationships,
  • Helping parents to understand their child's development and attachment needs,
    Fostering parents ability to balance loving presence with clear leadership to build a safe and healthy family container,

Transforming challenging family patterns with emotional work, awareness, and understanding.

Professional offerings include

Mindfulness Classes & Programs: Mindful practices build awareness, self-regulation, and relational skills.

Parenting Education Classes & Programs: Emotional skills, mindfulness-based self-regulation, and child development combine to help parents create connected, clear, and supportive relationships with children.

Mindfulness-based School Programs for Teachers & Students. Explicit instruction to develop focus,concentration, and self-regulation tools supports school success and social-emotional development.

October, 2009Present

Administrator

Soul Source Center for Conscious Living
  • Work with leadership group and community members to establish direction in alignment with mission,
  • Plan and organize community initiatives,
  • Collaboratively oversee web presence, create and publish quarterly newsletter, and manage online communications.
August 1992June 2010

Teacher

The School in Rose Valley

In a variety of roles at The School in Rose Valley, I:

  • Planned and taught creative, engaging curricula in academic and social-emotional and social responsibility areas,
  • Designed and used ongoing formal and informal assessment tools to understand and meet the needs of each student and group,
  • Created and implemented skillful interventions to support students at all ability levels,
    Worked collaboratively with students, parents and colleagues and mentored and supported teaching colleagues,
  • Served on Board of Directors and various committees as a school leader.
August 1991December 1992

Regional Environmental Education Program Coordinator

College Settlement of Philadelphia
  • Planned, marketed, and taught teacher in-service workshops to public school districts in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania using a state-recommended environmental education curriculum,
  • Worked with teams of teachers to integrate environmental education into the classroom.
June 1990December 1991

Teacher/Naturalist

College Settlement of Philadelphia
  • Taught science and ecology in outdoor school for public and private; urban, suburban, and rural schools,
  • Led outdoor activities including hikes, campfires, overnight trips, and caving expeditions,
  • Facilitated low ropes and group problem-solving courses.

Education

September 1994December 1996

Master of Education

Cabrini College

Focused on exploring inquiry and reflective to enhance my own teaching practice and help students develop reflective practices.

August 1985June 1986

Intern and Educational Explorer

Dynamy

Enjoyed first experience with progressive education during this Gap Year program. Experiences included month-long Outward Bound experience,internships, and community living.

Training

Certified Mindfulness Instructor

Graduate of Mindful Schools Year-long Certification Program which incorporates a deep personal mindfulness training and an intensive training for working with youth mindfully and sharing mindfulness with youth.

Happy Teachers Will Change the World

Graduate of Happy Teachers Will Change the World Educator's Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh. Recipient of Five Mindfulness Trainings in the Plum Village tradition.

Child Meditation Facilitator

Trained Child Meditation Facilitator with Sarah Wood Vallely, meditation with children based on playful, creative and multi-sensory practices.

Programs & Offerings

Media Upper Providence Free Library

  • Ongoing free parent and child community mindfulness classes.

The School in Rose Valley:

  • Mindfulness Classes for Students (1st grade, 2nd grade, 5th grade, 6th grade) and Teachers,
  • Mindfulness-based Staff In-service Programs,
  • Parenting Programs for Mindfulness and Family Stress Relief.

The Shipley School:

  • Mindfulness for Teachers In-service Program: Developing Mindfulness for Resilience, Stress Relief, and Sustainability in Education.

 Strath Haven High School:

  • Mindfulness for Parents Information Night,
  • Mindful Parenting Class Series for Strath Haven Parents.

Swarthmore College:

  • Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Mindfulness Classes, 6 and 12-week series for staff and faculty,
  • Introduction to Mindfulness Faculty Workshop.

Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery School:

  • Mindfulness for Teachers: Building Emotional Intelligence for Ourselves and Our Students.

Old Haverford Friends Meeting:

  • Cultivating Peace in Our Lives Retreat,
  • Making Peace With Conflict Retreat.

Regional Faculty of Color Working Group (University of Pennsylvania-based):

  • Mindfulness and Self-Care Workshop.

MOMS Club, Havertown:

  • Peaceful Parenting Workshop.

Wallingford-Swarthmore School District:

  • Mindfulness for Teachers, Faculty Support at Teacher-Led District Workshop,
  • Mindfulness in the Classroom, Faculty Support at Teacher-Led District Workshop.

Delaware County Intermediate Unit:

  • An Introduction to Mindfulness, Staff Development Workshop for Head Start teachers and administrators.

The Center Foundation: Mentoring, Education and Support for Women and Teen Parents:

  • Stress Management with Mindfulness Workshop.

Volunteer Work

Volunteer, Mindfulness in Education National Conference, Mindfulness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning.

Founder/Leader: Mindful Teachers Network. Created support network for local mindfulness teachers, organize and host ongoing collaborative meetings.

Transition Town Media Volunteer, member of Time Bank. 

Ongoing Pro-bono mindfulness and parenting work in community.