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Kathryn Lee

Family Specialist, Yale Four Pillars Author

Kathryn Lee directs the RULER for Families project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and was a core developer of the Four Pillars of Wellbeing curriculum during the incubation stages of the Contentment Foundation. She has been in the field of education for over 30 years, as a progressive educator, a lead administrator, and an expert in the field of social and emotional learning.

Along with a practical understanding about how schools work and what it takes to integrate the skills of emotional intelligence into the culture and climate of a school, Kathryn brings a special emphasis on development across the lifespan, mindfulness practices, and the research on responsive, compassionate parenting and its positive impacts on children and society.

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 California state recognized green school, co-curated a TEDx event on compassion in education with UC Berkeley, and was recognized by Ashoka as a Change Leader for catalyzing empathy into action in schools.

Kathryn holds a B.A. in human development from the University of the Pacific, and an M.A. in early childhood education from Mills College. She is also the mother of a great son.