About Our Founder
Alan Brown is Director of Integrative & Co-Curricular Learning at an independent day school in New York City, where he also leads the school’s mindfulness programs for students, teachers, and parents. Alan also serves on the faculty of Mindful Schools, where he is a Lead Teacher and Curriculum Designer for the Year-Long Mindfulness Certification Program.
Alan has taught for over a dozen years in both public and private settings as a humanities instructor, and has previously worked with many other schools and districts as a trainer for GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), where he served on the National Advisory Board for several years. In addition to his academic degrees in the humanities from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago and a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy, Alan holds advanced
certifications in mindfulness in education from Mindful Schools and in positive psychology from Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar and the Wholebeing Institute, as well as trainings in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and vinyasa yoga. He is a frequent presenter and facilitator on mindfulness and positive education in schools.
In addition to his work in education, Alan is an advocate for mindfulness to the Tourette Syndrome community. He is currently collaborating with Massachusetts General Hospital and Bowdoin College to develop and measure a mindfulness course for Tourette Syndrome and tics. He is also the facilitator of the Tourette Association’s NYC family resource & support group.
Blending a thorough understanding of the unique challenges facing students, parents, and teachers, with a firm belief that all people can learn to thrive both physically and mentally, Alan offers practices that are both time-honored and evidence-based through organizational consulting, presentations, group classes, and individual coaching.