11:11 Wellness is a long-term partnership anchored in wellness that partners with school communities to create space for ALL adults to access their joy and greatest sense of self to allow young people to do the same. This well-being work is rooted in a stance on racial equity, grounded in the knowing that care is an act of radical political warfare. 11:11 connects with educational institutions that view wellness as a metric of  disrupting the current paradigm.

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."

-Audre Lorde

As an educator, we often act from the mentality of using the flight mask on others before ourselves!

After recognizing the level of secondary trauma I was ingesting from the adverse child experience my students were facing each day I began to see a horrific pattern. As kids came to school more stressed, I came to work more tired, anxious, and desperate for a break. During an intense year of graduate school where I taught in a self-contained class of Students with Emotional Disturbances, and complete a full load of course work at night, I had my own mental breakdown. Unraveling the trauma of my own childhood, while understanding the effects of working with children who have resiliently withstood their own, catapulted me into a self-care revolution.

Through various healing practices, I learned how to regulate my nervous system, in service of first myself, and then to the students I had the joy of teaching every day.

Taking care of myself helped me to remember and access the true love and passion I had for my career, and I know it can do the same for your school community.

About The Mentor

With nearly a decade of teaching experience in some of DC’s highest needs schools,
Emily Griswold is an innovator and advocate for teacher well-being. Grounded in user-centered design through healing centered engagement, Emily’s creation of 11:11 Wellness holds space for teachers to access their joy in service of student success.