Jess has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Secondary English Education, and her PhD in Curriculum and Development. This year marks Jess' 20th year teaching in the public school system. She came to Mindfulness through her good friend Patrick Delaney in 2011; he introduced her to the practice and helped her to see how Mindfulness is a powerful tool which can be used to alleviate stress and anxiety in her life. After an 8 week course in Jon Kabat Zinn's MBSR class, Jess and Patrick created and offered a Mindfulness class to fellow teachers at their school with great success. Jess is married, and has two young daughters who keep her extremely busy. She is also RYT 200 certified as well as Kidding Around Yoga certified.

"Mindfulness has changed my life, and I want others to understand that they don't have to live a stressful life."​

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Patrick's been a Special Education  teacher for 20 years. While  conducting research on the development of the human brain he came across research on Mindfulness. As someone suffering and taking medication for stress and anxiety he decided to give it a try. Mindfulness improved all aspects of his life; he's been practicing for 9 years and is no longer on medication. He believed that Mindfulness could also help  his students experience less stress and anxiety. Four years later, after collecting data and publishing the results, he now teaches 3 Mindfulness classes along with teaching Mindfulness to the football team, basketball teams, golf and lacrosse. Patrick has been married for 26 years and has two sons in college.

"I believe everyone can  experience the benefits of a Mindfulness practice and I'm committed to teaching as many people as possible."

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"I learned from the held me accountable for really practicing Mindfulness in everyday life.

I learned that I am not alone with these problems, and how to live in the moment."

"Patrick worked with my teenage daughter who is a soccer player and was struggling with some of the mental pressure of playing in a competitive environment. It has made a huge difference in her confidence and it shows in her performance and her happiness on and off the field." 

"I found the whole experience rewarding, insightful (about myself), and helpful in controlling stress levels. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone who has issues controlling anxiety and stress or just being able to focus.”

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