Kevin Hawkins has worked with adolescents in various contexts for over 30 years. Until recently, and for the past 10 years, he was Middle School Principal at the International School of Prague. Prior to this he was Head of the Arusha Campus of the International School of Moshi in Tanzania. Before becoming a teacher in the UK, Kevin was a social worker in London for young homeless people and a counselor for drug users in crisis intervention centres.
In 2012 Kevin co-founded the MindWell Foundation which supports educational communities in developing mindfulness and social-emotional learning. Kevin also manages partnerships and international programs for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK), introducing the “.b” (Stop and Breathe) curriculum for teaching mindfulness to teenagers.
Kevin trained in mindfulness in Europe and the USA with Mark Williams (Oxford Mindfulness Centre), Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli and Florence Meleo-Meyer (UMass Medical School, Centre for Mindfulness), and Dr. Amy Saltzman (Still Quiet Place) – and through retreats at Plum Village, France, Gaia House, England and Dhanakosa, Scotland. Having experienced the effectiveness of practicing mindfulness for himself, Kevin trained with Richard Burnett and Chris Cullen from Mindfulness in Schools Project and he now trains students and teachers in schools and organisations in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.
Kevin has been working as lead consultant to the MYP in the creation of their new SEL website. He is a regular speaker, writer and presenter on the topics of mindfulness and social-emotional learning in education.