Annie O’Shaughnessy began teaching in 1990 and has since enjoyed a rich and varied career as an educator in public, alternative, and therapeutic settings. In addition to fifteen years as a restorative circle facilitator for adults, Annie also served as a writer and president of two non-profit organizations focused on supporting people to live with purpose, love and courage. She began mindfulness practice in 1999, but it wasn’t until a bike accident in 2014 that she dedicated herself fully to daily formal practice and the study of mindful awareness. The resulting dramatic and positive changes in her life, health, and work led her to pursue her M.Ed. in Mindfulness for Educators (12/2016) and begin teaching other teachers about the power of mindfulness.
Having participated in and led circles personally and professionally since the 90s around the country and in the classroom, Annie has witnessed the tremendous impact of these experiences on her own and other’s lives and the essential role mindfulness plays in successful restorative work. Currently, she teaches English at the Center for Technology, Essex, and is passionately committed to supporting teachers and schools in making a shift to more mindful and restorative school communities.