Conference Keynote & Speakers

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Tish Jennings is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education with a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom and student well-being and learning. She is an Associate Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

Tish is freshly returned from a visit with the Dalai Lama in India. There she shared her latest research on mindfulness and teacher stress. She is the author of Mindfulness for Teachers and help lead development of the Garrison Institutes Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE).


Mark Davis

Mark Davis is the Head of School at St. Luke’s. Mark is a devoted yoga and meditation practitioner. He is a student of mindfulness in education who speaks and writes about raising healthy children. Mark Davis came to St. Luke’s in 2002 from Phillips Exeter Academy where he was Director of College Counseling.  Before Exeter, he worked at The Taft School for seventeen years, serving in a variety of capacities including history teacher, Assistant Director of Admissions, Class Dean, varsity baseball coach, and Director of College Counseling.  

No Unicorns
    Time Well Spent

Stephanie Bramlett, Ph.D.

Stephanie is the Director of St. Luke's Center for Leadership. She  is an avid yogi, marathon runner, aerial dancer, and Crossfit enthusiast. Stephanie came from the University of New Hampshire where she directed a student retention program for multicultural, first-generation, and low-income college students.  Stephanie is a Commissioner and Co-Director of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools Student Diversity Leadership Conference.

Michele Grethel, Ph.D.

Dr. Grethel is Director of Counseling Services at The Spence School. She is an educator, consultant and a psychotherapist providing mental health and wellness education to adolescents, young adults, and families. Dr. Grethel is clinically trained in utilizing therapeutic treatment approaches grounded in Mindfulness. Over the last 20 years, she has integrated her clinical skills with insights gained from her own meditation practice to form strong partnerships with young people learning to manage their anxiety, mood symptoms, behavioral dysregulation as well other mental health disorders.

A multi-method exploratory study of stress, coping and substance abuse among high school youth in private schools

Will Heins