James Butler

SEL Mindfulness Specialist, Austin ISD

James Butler is the Social Emotional Learning Mindfulness Specialist for Austin ISD. He is also the Founder of Mindful Classrooms, an organization that travels the world educating schools about how to sustainably implement mindfulness into their daily routines, climate and culture. He has a Masters of Education and has 18 years of experience in public education. In his 14 years as a classroom teacher, he taught mostly Pre-K and K in Austin ISD and spent a year as a volunteer HS teacher in Namibia. In 2014, James was named Austin ISD Teacher of the Year. He is passionate about the intersection of mindfulness and equitable education, and has a 200 hour Community Yoga certification. He wrote Mindful Classrooms: 5 Minute Daily Practices to Support Social & Emotional Learning and Coloring Book and Reflections for Social Emotional Learning, which are published by Free Spirit Publishing. James loves playing baseball and basketball, listening to music, and is a huge Cleveland sports fan.