Madeline Lewis

Chicago, IL
Maternity BVM Elementary School
Voya Unsung Hero grant winner Madeline Lewis

Lewis’ innovative teaching idea, “Mindful Movement,” will address students’ SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) needs through mindfulness and yoga practice. The program will focus on the seven ways that yoga is said to benefit elementary students: emotion regulation; academic performance; reduced anxiety and tension; resilience to stress; fewer problem behaviors; physical well-being; and teacher well-being and classroom climate. Implementing the Mindful Movement program, with the support of the Voya grant, will further support classroom management efforts and improve the physical and mental well-being of students and staff.