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Kathryn Lee

Family Specialist, Yale Four Pillars Author

Kathryn Lee directs RULER for Families at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and helps the Contentment Foundation implement the Four Pillars of Wellbeing curriculum seamlessly into the home environment. Kathryn has over 30 years of experience as an educator, curriculum developer, and international emotional intelligence advocate. Before her work at Yale University, she was the director of Innovation, Partnerships, and Service at Prospect Sierra School, where she led the design of a K-8 community engagement program, spearheaded student-led efforts to become a nationally recognized green school, and co-curated a TEDx event on compassion with UC Berkeley.

One of Kathryn’s defining moments in life was during her first mindfulness retreat with legends Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield in 1983. After this, the years she spent as a preschool and kindergarten teacher still inspire her as she explored the nature of emotions, human potential, and wisdom traditions around the world. Kathryn deeply enjoys the natural world, being the parent of a grown son, and creating beautiful spaces for living and learning.