For over forty years and on four continents, Tedi Ware, MEd, founder and director of Empathy Warriors, has been empowering students, their parents, and their teachers with her empathy-based training that develops social and emotional intelligence through practicing mindfulness and our inherent capacity for empathy. Tedi was a classroom teacher for over twenty years specializing in language arts and she used literature and writing as vehicles for self-reflection and self-discovery. The arts still play a key role in all her training programs.
While Tedi was still a teenager, she heard Dr. Haim Ginott, author of Between Parent and Child, explain how to communicate with children. Dr. Ginott was a child psychologist and parent educator who urged parents to never deny a child’s feelings. As an educator and a parent, Tedi has dedicated her life’s work to carrying out this teaching.
Tedi believes that we all learn best and are most productive when we feel safe, valued, understood, and at peace with ourselves and our environment. She believes this becomes possible when we develop the skills necessary to identify and manage emotions effectively and use empathy to honor multiple perspectives.
Tedi models what she teaches and in every school where she has worked, she has consistently earned the reputation as “…the person students, parents, and colleagues seek out to receive empathy as well as strategies to self-empower.”