May You Be Well: Professional Development Day

This year’s theme is May You Be Well. The words are derived from a Buddhist blessing and set us forth to take care of each other and our community throughout the school year. This means we strive for balance, and work to enrich and focus on our relationships, while continuing to create an excellent academic program. May You Be Well is a theme that also encourages our faculty to model a positive example for students, demonstrating how we can live and work with less stress.

On the morning of November 1, Hamlin employees let go of their laptops and put wellness into practice. The day started with inspiring words from our Head of School, Wanda M. Holland Greene, followed by a meditation session led by Hamlin parent, Ara Goolumian. At 9 a.m. employees departed for various self-selected activities.

Personal wellness included:

Yoga, Zumba, Meditation, Hiking in the Presidio, and Mindful Eating

Two groups also visited Compass Family Services and North Beach Citizens to learn about how those organizations are helping to support wellness for people facing homelessness.

The last part of the morning was dedicated to discussing summer reading books. Groups met and had profound conversations about The Book of Joy, Thrive, and The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down.

That morning was incredible, I feel so relaxed now. -Hamlin Middle School Teacher

The seeds of today’s wellness activities will no doubt continue to grow throughout the school year.

-Special thanks to Nisa Frank, Andy Taylor-Fabe, and Gillis Kallem for organizing such a meaningful morning.

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