“To heal is to acknowledge there was a wound in the first place.”
– Wenimo Okoya
Healing Schools Project
Healing Schools Project recognizes the need to build and sustain communities of care so that teachers of color can thrive, grow, and be the best teachers for all students. When schools invest in educator healing and well-being, teachers feel supported and are more willing to stay.
Rooted in Dr. Shawn Ginwright’s concept of healing centered engagement our work is structured around the South African term “Ubuntu” which means “I am because we are.” Ginwright says ”harm isn’t caused in a vacuum, and to achieve wellbeing we must address the root of this harm within institutions.” Therefore our programs are thoughtfully designed to support teacher mental health and wellbeing on a one-to-one level, as well as to bring cultural shifts within school systems and promote community care.
Anti-Racist at its Core
Healing Schools Project centers the educator of color experience — when interventions are built around those furthest away from systemic privilege, the benefit to people of all backgrounds is significantly greater. As a team we are uniquely equipped to work with K-12 schools, due to our personal experiences as educators and practitioners at the intersection of health and education. Tried and tested, backed by research and the communities we serve, we are now able to thoughtfully scale our intervention.
We believe in a future where all schools are healing environments that center joy and wellbeing for their teachers and students. By improving teacher well-being, supporting school leaders, and shifting school culture, we can move closer to our vision for healthy, thriving teachers who support healthy, thriving students.
Meet The Team
Wenimo Okoya, EdD, MPH (she/her)
Founder and Executive Director
Former middle school teacher, researcher-practitioner, expert in trauma-sensitive intervention adoption in schools
May Erouart, MPH (she/her)
User Experience and Growth Lead
Expert in public health technical assistance and training and equitable design
Chantal Hoff, MPH (she/her)
Research and Evaluation Lead
Expert and equitable program evaluation and data collection with a background in school health program evaluation
Ginelle Wynter, MSEd (she/her)
Former educator, restorative practitioner, and expert in educator professional development experiences
Jennifer Paulino (she/her)
15 years of experience in the school wellness space and extensive experience in coaching and facilitation.
Allan Madrid (he/him)
15 years of experience in education as a teacher and school administrator. Extensive experience delivering equitable outcomes in education settings.