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Nov 23, 2022

Today's guests are two members of BeWell in School, a non-profit organization that teaches mindfulness and movement as a proactive behavior management system. I’m joined by the BeWell Founder and Executive Director, Riki Rattner and Lexington BeWell Program Director and Coach, Sarah Hanrahan.

Riki holds a Masters of Education degree, a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human and Organizational Development with a focus in Community Leadership Development. She began her professional career in teaching where she found herself using breath and movement strategies to help students cope with challenges they faced in and out of the classroom. In 2019-20, she served as the Founding BeWell Teacher at BeWell’s Flagship School, Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School.

Sarah Hanrahan also holds a Masters of Education degree, is a Trauma Informed Children's Yoga Instructor, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Transylvania University. Sarah has spent many years serving students of Fayette County Public Schools as a classroom teacher and intervention instructor. During the COVID pandemic, Sarah was moved to address the overwhelming culture-shift that her students were experiencing and would continue to be affected by. In her search for a comprehensive, school-wide wellness program, she found BeWell in School and worked with administrators at the school and district level, to bring it to life at Mary Todd. Sarah now serves as the Program Director and Coach to BeWell teachers in 5 Fayette County elementary schools with plans to expand further in the 2023-2024 school year. In this episode, we’ll talk about how this program got started, why it exists, and BeWell’s future goals. Welcome Riki and Sarah!