LIZ ABENDROTH, M. ED.
I grew up in Renton, Washington and earned my BA in Psychology in 1992 at Central Washington University and my MEd in 1997 at the University of Washington.
I currently work part time as a school psychologist with grade school level students. I have extensive experience working with special needs students, students with anxiety and learning disabled students. I have also worked as a preschool teacher, art teacher, and dyslexia tutor. I have developed lessons and taught art in elementary schools for over 9 years. In addition, I have led yoga and creativity classes through Girl Scouts for over 2 years.
I have additional training from Mindfulness in Education, Wired for Reading, Six Traits Writing, and Yoga Calm. This unique blend of skills in art, education, psychology and mindfulness have all culminated in the classes that I have developed to encourage creativity and mindfulness.
I offer classes for adults, teens and children, all which have a common underlying theme of encouraging mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of being in the moment and involves nonjudgmental observation of your surroundings, sensations, and thoughts.
As an instructor, I see myself as an enthusiastic facilitator to student creativity.
I invite curiosity, reflection, and encourage a growth mindset. Those with a growth mindset see mistakes as learning opportunities rather than a signal that indicates, “This is something I'm not good at.”
I am inspired by nature, art history, art from multiple cultures, poetry, journaling, watercolor, sculpture, photography, dance, and collage. There is a boundless joy to witness creativity in action, such as watching a dancer on the stage or to stand and gaze at a sculpture in an outdoor setting. I am constantly inspired to see what others create, and in particular children’s creativity.
My particular focus on combining mindfulness activities with art comes from experiencing and studying the benefits of mindfulness for children, teen and adults. Being in the moment provides a space to relax, experience joy and creates a space free of anxiety or stress . My aim is to provide classes to nurture this type of setting where we can all create and grow in our mindfulness.
To learn more about me and my work, please visit my website at elizabethabendroth.com.
To register for my classes or for more information, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.