Mia is a proud Uchinanchu (Okinawan), mother, athlete, and lifelong educator and learner. Born and raised in Berkeley, CA, Mia was a competitive gymnast at a young age, retiring in middle school, before going on to play college soccer at Yale. After graduating, Mia taught kindergarten and middle school math, eventually becoming an assistant principal and earning her Master’s in School Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University.
Mia’s professional career has centered around the needs of historically marginalized and resilient communities through a focus on health education, social and emotional wellbeing, and mindfulness. Mia has a passion for developing healing-centered, culturally responsive learning experiences and curricula to both young people and grownups. She has worked for education nonprofits Peer Health Exchange, Girls Leadership, and is currently the Head of Program for Mindful Schools.