Susan Lubar Solvang is the President and Founder of Growing Minds. Susan recognized that developing a keen sense of awareness was the most valuable skill she had encountered. With a desire to share these experiences with school age children, including the opportunity to experience their learning in a safe and trusting environment, Susan founded Growing Minds. She has trained with the most established programs, including Mindfulness in Schools Project .b and .b Foundations, Mindful Schools, Learning to Breathe, UCSD Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher training and Mindful Self-Compassion with Kristen Neff to develop the programs that would be useful to Milwaukee area schools.
Susan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in Communication and Studio Art and her graduate degree at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (1987), preparing her with the background needed to found a non-profit organization. In addition, working at three big name companies, Xerox Corporation, Prudential Life Insurance and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, Susan developed the day-to-day business skills and expertise to develop training programs for her staff and consistent programs for schools.
Anna Silberg received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in urban education from the University of Wisconsin. Her research focused on the labeling of "risk factors" for urban students, and how curriculum, instruction, teachers, schools and environmental factors affect a student's performance. For 9 years, she taught as an Assistant Professor at National-Louis University, where her research and expertise extended to teacher action research, authentic assessment and instruction, curriculum development, educational foundations and urban issues, and teacher mentorship. Anna's professional experience in education began in 1993 as a high school social studies teacher, before and after school program director, and summer camp director in the Boulder Valley. While getting her Master's degree, she participated in building a school-within-a-school for "at risk" students.
Anna is trained in the Mindful Schools curriculum, Learn to Breathe, and Mindfulness in Schools Project .b. She has also been trained in MBSR-Teen, MBSR-Adult and Mindful Self-Compassion with Kristen Neff through the University of San Diego Medical School's Center for Mindfulness. She has a strong interest in trauma-informed care.