Lillian Sawtschuk
Principal, TEAM School, Mississauga

Lillian Sawtschuk has worked at TEAM School in Mississauga for 28 years. TEAM School provides s supportive, individualized learning environment for students ranging from grades one to twelve. Lillian has held various roles at the school and began her career as a classroom teacher, now holding the position of principal. Her passion is working with and supporting students that may have learning challenges.

Over the past number of years it has become clear to her that students that struggle academically can also struggle with anxiety and impulse control. When she and her vice principal discovered Mindfulness, they started to entertain the idea of implementing this practice with their students.

In 2017, they implemented the MindUp program and began to see some dramatic changes within their school community. Lillian is also committed to learning as much about Mindfulness as she can, so she enrolled in the Mindfulness Certificate program at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies. It was in these courses that she met some incredible instructors and felt that she was part of a growing community. It was there that she had the opportunity to meet and share with like-minded individuals.

The work that is being done through Mindfulness practices is becoming some of the most important work in recent history. She attended the Mindful Society conference in 2017 and is looking forward to the opportunity to share her experience with others.

Presenting Breakout Session: Mindfulness Program Implementation at Elementary School Setting

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