Beginning in the 2020 school year, Greg Graber, our current Head of Middle School, will be serving as our Director of SEL and Mindfulness. In his new position, Greg will develop mindfulness programs and resources for students, faculty and families in all three academic divisions of the school. Utilizing his experience with athletic teams like the Memphis Grizzlies, LSU, The George Washington University and Rice University, Greg will expand his work with athletics at Lausanne, helping build their focus and concentration during games. In addition, Greg will develop a new conference at Lausanne focused on mindfulness.
“I am excited for this new opportunity to support our students and our school community in these domains," said Greg. “The creation of this position and these programs demonstrates our school’s strong commitment to giving our constituent’s the tools to succeed in school and today’s accelerated culture.”
Greg joined the faculty at Lausanne in 2004 and has been the Head of Middle School for the past 12 years. During this time, he's overseen the development of our Middle School House System, Mindfulness and Daily Focus, programs that have placed Lausanne at the forefront of Social-Emotional Learning.
With his extensive knowledge on the subject of Mindfulness, Greg's work has been featured in the New York Times and on ESPN, and he has presented at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He also consults with other schools like Deerfield Academy and Episcopal High School on developing similar mindfulness programs.
“Greg has done an outstanding job over the years developing successful programs for our school, and they've had a tremendously positive impact on our students' experience,” said Head of School Stuart McCathie. “Now these programs will benefit our entire community in a similar manner. It’s another example of the added value of The Lausanne Way.”
With Greg leaving his role as Head of Middle School, an extensive search is already underway for his replacement. Several candidates with extensive experience in International Academic Programming have already expressed interest in the opening.
Learn more about Lausanne's Social-Emotional Learning programs here.