James Butler is the SEL Mindfulness Specialist for the Austin Independent School District. He is also the Founder of Mindful Classrooms, an organization that travels across the country educating schools about how to sustainably implement mindfulness into their daily routines, climate & culture. He has been in education for 16 years, including 14 years as a classroom teacher. He taught mostly Pre-K and K in Austin ISD and also spent a year as a volunteer HS teacher in Namibia in southern Africa. In 2014, James was named Austin ISD Teacher of the Year. James has used his platform as district teacher of the year to speak up about mindfulness, equity and the importance of full day Pre-K. Based on his teaching experience of using mindfulness in his classroom, he wrote a mindfulness curriculum titled "Mindful Classrooms: The Educator Guide" that will be published by Free Spirit Publishing.