Director and Co-Founder
Elizabeth McLeod, M. Ed., is a multi-talented educator whose portfolio reflects her distinctive commitment to the social and emotional wellbeing of children, adults and organizations.
Elizabeth has served as SEL Specialist with grades 1-6 at The Nueva School; classroom teacher for 5th-8th grates at Live Oak School; and school counselor at Marin Primary and Middle School. She has facilitated online learning courses in the Advanced Leadership Program for Women through the Australian School of Management’s National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative.
Elizabeth was the founding Executive Director of GirlVentures, a Bay Area nonprofit that empowers adolescent girls to discover and express their strengths though outdoor adventure and creative arts. Leading people into the outdoors to learn about themselves, others, and our connection to the natural world is a theme that runs through all of Elizabeth’s work.
Elizabeth also specializes in teaching peace-building skills to youth and adults, drawing on principles of non-violent communication and Eastern contemplative practices. As a trainer for the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, she supported conflict resolution and peer mediation programs in diverse Bay Area schools. She also facilitates mindfulness and yoga experiences for children and adults seeking to develop embodied self-awareness and resilience.
Her parent and parent+child workshops promote listening, creativity, and intuition.
Elizabeth graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Human Development and English. She holds single and multiple subject teaching credentials from San Francisco State University. She earned her M. Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She completed teacher certification programs at the Yoga Garden and Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is a longtime student of yoga and vipassana meditation.
Elizabeth lives on the coast south of San Francisco, where she loves to spend time outdoors with her teenaged children and their active border collie.
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