I wanted to thank you so much for the training last night. It was by far the most well received training we have had in my 5 years! I know you had a packed house. I've already heard from multiple staff from every site there last night raving about how much they enjoyed you as a facilitator, how much they learned from you and how excited they are to hopefully meet with you again soon.
We as a district are beyond lucky to have you working with us. I've found it incredibly rare to have someone as a coach and trainer who consistently is able to connect with staff, relate to them, while challenging them and building their skills. It is something that you gracefully balance and for that, I'm go grateful.
Everyone left feeling energized and excited to put into practice the new skills they learned (that almost never happens for us after a training!)."
"Annie's knowledge and enthusiasm was incredible, stimulating, inspiring,"
"I liked how relevant the readings/activities were to my role/job. This class was such a pleasure to take. I can personally feel how these practices shifted my approach to life and work. Often, after a class, there is little opportunity to use what you've learned. Not the case here! These practices are embedded in me! Thank you!"
"Annie is a wonderful, passionate, supportive teacher."
"This course is essential for managing teacher burn-out."
"The next day after this workshop I found myself practicing more—and experiencing immediate results—a more mindful, calm, connecting, curious, relational tone with kids as I directed them for whatever reasons (classroom directions, behavior issues, etc.). I *think* I've been mindful of this for many many years, and I felt... different Thursday and Friday. I attribute this to the workshop and Annie's facilitation."
"I was inspired to think about ways to incorporate mindfulness without necessarily telling students that's what we're doing. I've tried to do some mindfulness in the past with students and have found that my students are very reluctant. The day after the seminar, I tried doing a very simple circle using some of the language that Annie demonstrated and the group share was more successful than any other version I've tried so far."
"I was amazed at the power of Circles. I am excited to try them out with students."
"I am a circle keeper for RJ, and learned more things to help my circles. Annie also provided me with ideas to use with my instructional groups to assist with the energy that they come to me with and helping them to focus."
"The day went quickly. I like the fact that Annie was flexible and did not seem to feel the need to stick to a strict agenda but rather listened to what would be most beneficial to the group. I like her style—not preachy or strict lecture but a comfortable manner as if chatting with friends. Good mix of video/ partner / group exercises- readings and discussion."