Executive Director & Co-Founder
Meena Srinivasan, MA, National Board Certified Teacher, is an educational leader, writer and edupreneur with deep expertise in the fields of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAP). Meena has taught and led in a variety of school settings--public, private, urban and international. Prior to leading TEL, she spent five and a half years working in partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to implement SEL system-wide in the Oakland Unified School District and holds a Clear Administrative Services Credential in the state of California. Meena is also a student of the late Ramchandra Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson) and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Thich Nhat Hanh. Meena’s first book, Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness in and out of the Classroom (Parallax Press, 2014) was featured on Edutopia and her next book, SEL Every Day: Integrating SEL with Instruction in Secondary Classrooms (Norton, 2019) is part of Norton's SEL Solutions Series. She also co-authored a chapter in Applied Mindfulness: Approaches in Mental Health for Children and Adolescents (American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 2019) on “Mindfulness in School Settings.” Meena’s a Registered Yoga Teacher, served on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network and was Core Faculty of the Mindful Education Institute. Meena spent five years living in India studying contemplative practices while teaching at the American Embassy School and bringing mindfulness to educators and children across the region. Meena also trained in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UMASS Medical School's Stress Reduction Clinic, is a recipient of the Hemera Foundation Contemplative Education Fellowship, was a Mind & Life Summer Research Institute Fellow. She has been ordained into the Tiep Hien Lineage (Order of Interbeing) under Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh since 2010 and has been an active member of the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism for more than 15 years.