Date of Award

Fall 9-2-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Mindfulness Studies

First Advisor

Melissa Jean

Second Advisor

Andrew Olendzki


The purpose of this creative thesis is to explore applying mindfulness into an educator’s lesson planning process through identifying a teacher’s core values. It is important not only because of the scarcity of current research on said topic, but findings show there is a strong case that can be made regarding alleviating educator burnout. The suggestion(s) provided in the creative thesis are geared towards teachers already well-versed in a mindfulness practice and looking to take their experience further in a professional setting. Additionally, the sessions cater to educators who may not have much (if any) autonomy in their classroom and feel as though their “hands are tied” with regards to mandated curricula. Since mindfulness is rooted in Buddhist theory and therefore may raise some separation-of-church-and-state concerns, this creative thesis has taken careful steps to employ secular language instead, making these professional development offerings appropriate to be presented in the public-school setting.