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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.

“Perfect timing during our pandemic! I have learned how to recognize overt and covert signs of stress in myself and coworkers. I feel that I have the skills to practice for success. I truly felt heard, encouraged, and validated. My coach was amazing in her ability to model and encourage healing skills. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is trying to grow during this pandemic.”

- Elementary School Nurse


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

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, CYT-500, CIPP, is Certified in Positive Psychology and brings her extensive experience in health and wellness, education, meditation, mindfulness, yoga and the arts to her role as a CPC Coach. READ MORE

Cindy Connors, CPC, ELI, is a Certified Professional Coach who focuses on mindfulness and positive psychology to help people move towards a life they have always imagined. 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. New experiential offering. READ MORE

Pay for Services

“I never thought I would use a life coach before. I was somewhat of a skeptic. These sessions were invaluable to my life. My coach helped me find and set goals that completely shifted my life. I broke the cycle of going through life with just a set of routines and now I'm challenging myself to live my life fully. I will forever be grateful to my coach for changing my life for the better."

- Elementary School Teacher

“Coaching has been a real game changer for me. It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day challenges and not take the time to reflect and mindfully consider options. Thank you for providing this amazing opportunity."

- School Nurse

“I started school feeling overwhelmed and burning out, but working with a coach has really encouraged me to refill myself and prioritize my health and well-being. I am more present for my students. This pandemic has affected everyone's well-being. I am so appreciative of my coach's support during this difficult time."

- Director of Education