Last weekend, Pre-School teacher J. Robin Albertson-Wren led a 90-minute workshop at the 62nd annual Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children (VAAEYC) conference in Fredericksburg, Virginia. With the theme "United for Young Children," the conference took place over three days and included workshop sessions, a literacy luncheon featuring Anne Marie Pace, exhibits, and a public policy luncheon, among other events.
Directed towards administrators, teachers, parents, and child care-givers connected to the VAAEYC, her presentation "Mindfulness in Schools – Educating and Empowering Our Children" demonstrated the powerful impact that mindful awareness brings to the classroom and home. The presentation included information on the background and history of mindfulness, as well as its connections to neuroscience and current research. Participants experienced hands-on mindfulness techniques appropriate for ages 3 - 93, and left relaxed, connected and inspired.
Albertson-Wren has been teaching elementary age children for more than 20 years at St. Anne's-Belfield School. She is a classroom teacher, workshop leader, and public speaker. Her passion is teaching mindfulness techniques to executives, educators, parents, adolescents and children, and she has received her mindfulness training through Mindful Schools, and is a certified Mindfulness Instructor.