Elizabeth Kriynovich teaches both English and Language Arts in the Upper School at Delaware Valley Friends. In addition, Elizabeth has pioneered the integration of mindfulness practices into the DVFS curriculum. She teaches a mindfulness class and incorporates mindfulness exercises at the beginning of her class periods to help students center and focus on where they are and what they are doing in the present. Elizabeth has shared research on the importance of mindfulness and how, in particular, it helps students who have learning differences improve their academic performance with the faculty at DVFS as well as with professional audiences at both regional and national conferences. She wrote an article on the subject for our January 2015 Professional Research Notes publication, accessible from the link provided below. She is a Board Member of the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN).
Elizabeth has been at Delaware Valley Friends for 14 years - first as Director of College Counseling, later as a member of the Development Department working on grant-writing and alumni relations. She has been teaching at DVFS since 2008 and has spent 100% of her education career working with students who learn differently. Elizabeth has also been an instructor in the DVFS Adolescent Literacy Teacher Training that trains future teachers of LD students.
In addition to her work with students in the classroom, Elizabeth is the Upper School Service Learning Coordinator, leads the school’s Yoga Club, facilitates the Human Rights Club, serves as a student Advisor, and volunteers as a panelist at our Admissions Information Sessions. She has traveled with DVFS students on multiple trips to India to work with BBA and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, and is leading a trip for students to study Peacebuilding in Cambodia in 2018.