Carlee Scheinfeld, MA, is a long time teacher and youth advocate. After working for nearly a decade as a middle school teacher and teacher-leader in the Oakland public schools, she came to know well the nature of the transition to adolescence and became increasingly aware that schools and communities were not providing young people with the tools they needed to take really good care of themselves. Carlee created expeditionary learning programs, initiating environmental awareness and earth philosophy programs in the schools where she taught. She worked to integrate restorative principles and emotional literacy curriculum into her classroom teaching.
She began youth leadership programs to allow students support and guidance as they experimented with finding their purpose and taking action in their communities. She has also spent the last decade studying child development, trauma, and the circumstances needed to promote healing. While working to create classroom spaces which were safe for every child to learn, grow, and risk being exactly who they are, she began developing trainings for teachers and youth workers. She learned many of the principles of safe spaces through studying and participating in ceremony with spiritual leaders from North and South America and West Africa.
Carlee is a trained Waldorf teacher, has studied and participated in ceremony locally for the last ten years, and is currently training with the Center for Sacred Studies as well as with the Trauma Institute to become a certified somatic therapist to work with individuals suffering from PTSD.