Erica Marcus, MAT, founded Wise Minds. Big Hearts. to bring mindfulness programming to students, families, and schools around New England. This work is the culmination of nearly fifteen years of experience in classroom teaching, wilderness youth therapy, and outdoor education combined with Kripalu Yoga and Mindful Schools certifications. Erica believes that educators benefit immensely from cultivating a mindfulness practice, and those benefits have the power to transform classrooms. She also is committed to addressing issues of excessive screen use, as this directly inhibits our ability to be fully present with ourselves and one another. Finally, she recently wrote a book, Daily Mindful Minis, Tiny Mindfulness Practices for the Fourth Trimester, to support new mothers during their postpartum journey. In her free time, she paints, writes, hikes, runs, surfs, and eats ice cream.

Education and Training

MindBe Curriculum Training 2/18/2019-present

Trauma-Informed Care for Professionals Working with Youth 3/2017-4/2017

  • Center for Adolescent Studies

Mindful Schools Yearlong Certification, Oakland, CA                                                7/2014-7/2015

  • Yearlong certification in practice, curriculum, science, and skills of mindfulness

Trinity Washington University, Washington, DC                                                      5/2012-5/2013

  • MAT in Secondary English Language Arts; 4.0 GPA

Center for Inspired Teaching, Washington, DC                                                         6/2010-8/2011

  • 15-month alternative certification program to receive District of Columbia Certified English/Grades 7-12 Level Teacher License

Kripalu 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training                                                                                    2/2010

Haverford College, Haverford, PA                                                                              8/2001-5/2005

  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology; Concentration in Education


wise minds. big hearts. collaborating schools and organizations:

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Falmouth High School

Falmouth High School

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Cascade Brook School

Cascade Brook School

[Erica] integrated her work on mindfulness with students who brought a diverse array of strengths and needs, and helped her students to develop self-awareness and compassion and appreciation for one another’s unique stories.
— Elaine Hou, Two Rivers PCS principal
Erica loves her students and her students love her. She is an extremely thoughtful teacher, and all who come in contact with her feel her passion. The infusion of mindfulness into her instruction has paved the way for some of our most difficult students to own their behavior.
— Mo Chamble-Thomas, Middle School Inclusion Specialist

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