We received so many wonderful applications for this year’s Palmer Award that not only did we want to announce this year’s recipient, Mitchell Tijerina – we also wanted to share the work of those who were among our finalists. Today we learn about Maureen Hudson, Institute graduate from The College of New Jersey.
“My vision has been to create a mindful, compassionate and peaceful environment in classroom settings across schools internationally that supports growth from the inside-out through mindfulness, meditation and reflection. My hope is to promote empowerment of all students through authentic acceptance of the self and others. This stems from my own lived experience of recovery from an eating disorder through mindfulness and self-acceptance.” – Maureen Hudson
Maureen’s first goal was to connect with like-minded people and organizations. Beyond that, she wanted to develop her own leadership and personal practice so she could then promote a mindful and compassionate campus culture. Some of the things Maureen has accomplished while working toward her vision include: • Worked as an undergraduate researcher at TCNJ focusing on anti-bullying and peace education• Implemented a mindfulness-based curriculum (which she created) in two classrooms in Trenton, NJ• Oversaw the implementation of a culturally modified version of the curriculum in an inclusive Kindergarten classroom at an international school in Indonesia• Served as President of Circle of Compassion, a student-driven organization devoted to spreading mindfulness and compassion in the community• Inducted into the Blue and Gold Hall of Fame at TCNJ in recognition for the positive impact of my leadership on campus• In November, Maureen will present “Mindfulness in ECTE: Literature Review & Preschool & Primary Case Studies” at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Her mindfulness teaching experiences have spanned all ages including preschool, elementary, college students and faculty, and adults with learning disabilities. When Maureen looks to the future, she hopes “to continue to support the growing international movement of mindfulness in education by offering my unique guidance on its role in creating compassionate and inclusive classrooms. I see the future of the world in the hands of mindful teachers and children who are accepting, loving, attentive and resilient.”