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Tonya Vetter, Ed.D.

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Tonya Vetter, Ed.D. taught in public education for several school districts, including Houston Independent School for nearly 15 years. She now continues to teach as an adjunct college professor at Houston Community College Systems as well as internationally. She has made a commitment to education on a scale that reaches beyond classroom walls and extends to the children she teaches in Beijing, China.

Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at Houston Baptist University obtaining her doctorate degree in the Education in Executive Leadership Program. As a former public-school teacher, department chair, and grade-level lead, she understands the pressure and demands placed on those working within the school system and high-stress working environments. Tonya has a passion and desire to give back meaningfully and mindfully by sharing the gift of mindfulness. Through her work, studies, and practice it has become her purpose and the gift she enjoys sharing with others.

Tonya’s journey to mindfulness began organically in 2016 when she found herself overwhelmed by the pressures of the classroom as a school teacher. She was in search of something that did not have a name for her at the time, but it was “mindfulness” and it has profoundly changed her life. It led her to Mindful Being. In fact, mindfulness had such a profound effect on Tonya’s life that it was the topic she chose and researched for her dissertation. She is also a student at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center.

Tonya’s community and international volunteer work includes, educational projects in West Africa and the Houston area. Each month she volunteers and facilitates professional development trainings at the Covenant House Homeless Shelter for Young Adults in the Houston area. She is a member of Women Empowerment Training Institute (WETI), Houston Baptist University Alumni Association, Texas Southern University Alumni Association, HBU Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society and many others.

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