In a career spanning over 3 decades, Dr. Nolden has taught social science and served administrative roles in East Bay and North Bay secondary schools. Born and raised in the state of Washington, Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Cal State, Fullerton, his Master of Arts degree in Education, at San Francisco State University, and completed his Doctorate in Education Leadership at the University of New England, in 2019. Dr. Nolden’s research interests includes mindfulness and compassion in education and athletic settings. His doctoral dissertation, titled Compassion Informed Mindfulness for Teachers, explored the use of mindfulness skills for teachers in and out of the classroom. Currently, Dr. Nolden teaches mindfulness skills to teachers and secondary school athletes.
A career educator, Fran Nolden worked in both secondary and elementary schools. After completing her B. A. in Health Education from Central Washington University, Fran taught sixth grade and high school health early in her career in Washington State. She earned her M.A. Ed. Guidance and Counseling, at the University of Hawaii and then transitioned from middle teacher to school counselor while working in Hawaii. For 23 years, Ms. Nolden served as a high school counselor in both Texas and California. After a full career in education, Fran’s interests include studying nutritional health. She earned her Health Coaching Certificate at Emory University in 2018. Her most recent studies include Integrative Nutrition Health at the University of California, San Diego.