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Meet Jen

Dr. Jennifer J. Clifden is the founder Present Well-Being LLC and the creator of Present Teacher Training. Jennifer received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan and her MA in Socio-Cultural Foundations and Educational Thought from Western Michigan University.

 

Jennifer received her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development with a focus on educator mental and emotional well-being, teacher identity development, and educator equity consciousness. She researches human service professional stress-resilience and the process for "burning in" to heart-centered healing professions. Jennifer is also a 200 hour certified yoga teacher.

 

She draws on 24 years of collective experience as a public school teacher, university teacher educator, well-being researcher, mindfulness and yoga teacher, and mother of a 6th grader and twin 5th graders to raise awareness of human service professional mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Jennifer's research, teaching interests, and areas of expertise are:

  •  teacher well-being

  • teacher identity transformation

  • mindfulness training and mindful-movement practices

  • teacher self-care and self-compassion

  • teacher burnout and stress-reduction

  • qualitative human research

  • curriculum design, planning, and execution

  • maximizing teacher potential and impact