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Betsy Nordell

Trainer & Coach

Betsy joined Open Circle in 1993. Over the years, she has served the organization in various leadership capacities and currently is a trainer and coach. In addition to her work with Open Circle, Betsy is also involved with the Leading Together Program. Betsy earned her BSBA in Management (with minors in Education and Personnel Selection and Development) from Bucknell University. She spent 7 years in the corporate sector working for Scott Paper before earning her M.Ed. from Wheelock College. She then transitioned to teaching 4th grade, where she used Open Circle. Betsy earned her Teaching and Learning doctorate from American International College and is the author of the book Avoiding Burnout: How Exemplary Teachers Find Fuel and Cultivate Success (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). Her research, publications, presentations, and workshops have focused on the creation of optimal learning communities, adult social and emotional learning, perception and bias, mindfulness, curiosity, gratitude, compassion, and hope, and the power of positive relationships to foster growth.

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