11:11 Wellness partners with communities who are doing the work to uproot the racist, capitalist, and patriarchal ideals that are the unfortunate cornerstones of education. Within these partnerships, 11:11 co-creates the structures and systems needed to make space for care, while reworking the relationship to the profession of teaching itself.

"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.