Ashley Baer has been an educator for almost two decades teaching Special Education. When not teaching students mindfulness, she trains teachers how to practice mindfulness and meditation in their personal lives, and trains them to bring mindfulness into the classroom to build attention, focus and emotional regulation. Ashley is an advocate for mental health and well-being offering mindfulness and yoga to all employees across her district as self-care. She delivers professional development across the county on mindfulness. She believes mindfulness must start with leaders and leads a Mindful Moment virtually for all leaders and administration. She is passionate about addressing the mental health crisis in schools for students and staff. When not working, she volunteers to bring mindfulness into underserved populations such as prisons as a volunteer for Persevere, a nonprofit that trains prisoners to develop skills to be more employable and adjust to life once they are released. She teaches meditation on the app Insight Timer. Ashley dedicates her life and work to practicing and teaching mindfulness because she lost her mother to her own mental health struggles, which eventually led to her being in foster care. Through the practice of mindfulness, Ashley healed her own grief, trauma, and mental health struggles through these practices and teachings.