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Coaching for Educators Program

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, The Center for Peace Through Culture is offering a free coaching program to support PreK-12 teachers, staff and administrators in Berkshire County schools during this unprecedented time of stress and uncertainty.

Teachers and students have experienced tremendous loss due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Coaching is a way to uncover a sense of direction and peace during uncertain times, allowing clients to access the wisest and strongest parts of themselves. This work can help teachers to manage personal losses, engage empathy and communication skills and fortify morale as they support students through this crisis.

“My coach has been able to help me see patterns in my own thoughts and behaviors that I hadn't recognized. I feel lightened by sharing the load of my hopes, dreams and thoughts with another who can take a look with a new, fresh perspective. I value this time as it keeps me focused on a goal in a productive way.”

- K/1 Special Education Teacher

Program Details:

  • Berkshire PreK-12 teachers, staff and administrators are eligible for a free series of 6 individual or group coaching sessions. 

  • Generally, coaching sessions will last between 30-60 minutes and take place on a bi-weekly schedule over the course of 3 months.​

  • If you prefer group coaching, we will put together a small group of 4-6 teachers for you to join or you can ask 4-5 of your colleagues to join you in your own group facilitated by Dr. Susan Lord.

  • This program is open for immediate registration and is partially supported by a grant through the Berkshire United Way. Please register soon as slots are limited. 

  • After the 6 complimentary sessions, there will be an option to continue coaching at a sliding scale fee.

  • If you are a PreK - 12 teacher, staff member or administrator at a school in the Berkshires who is interested in joining our free coaching program, please email

  • Meet our coaches:

    Susan Lord, MD, is the Executive Director of CPC. She has 25 years of experience as a physician and a health and wellness coach. READ MORE

    Jill Sasso Curtis, MBA, is a CPC leadership coach for superintendents, principals, and senior staff. She is a co-founder of CPC’s LifeSchool program and serves on the Advisory Board. READ MORE

    Amy Lyn, PhD, is a CPC leadership coach for superintendents, principals, and other senior staff. She draws on her background in transformational learning and social emotional development in her work as a coach. READ MORE

    Julie Pellerin-Herrera, Ed.S. & MEd. Certified Yoga & Yoga Ed Teacher, has 20 years of experience as an educator, certified yoga teacher for adults and children and skilled mentor to teachers. READ MORE

    Steph Dodd, CPCC & ACC, is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through the Co-Active Training Institute and an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation. READ MORE

    Colleen M. Simo, MM, PHR, CPC, RYT, is a Certified Professional Coach, completing her training in Coaching for Transformation in 2011. READ MORE

    Trudy Manion, M. Ed, is certified in Positive Psychology and brings her extensive experience in health and wellness, education, meditation, mindfulness, and the arts to her role as a CPC Coach. READ MORE

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“In the midst of challenges, participating in the CPC coaching program has been a breath of fresh air, reminding me of my inner courage and joy. The approach has affirmed my commitment to community, creativity and calm that are essential to learning and healing."

- Elementary School Teacher