Christy Sprotte, ED.S., NCSP
With over 12 years of experience as a nationally certified school psychologist, Christy Sprotte founded Fox Valley Mindful Learners as a way to blend her passions for psychology and mindful learning. Her career started over 15 years ago working as an in-home therapist with children with Autism. This experience led Christy to become a passionate advocate for children with a variety of learning needs, ultimately inspiring her to earn her Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree and to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Currently, Christy is also an active member of the Wisconsin School Psychologist Association and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Christy witnessed the power of mindfulness to transform children’s lives firsthand when working with at-risk youth in the high school setting. After becoming trained in mindfulness meditation, Christy began teaching the core concepts of mindfulness to teenagers. As a result of integrating techniques such as diaphragmic breathing and mindful movement into their daily lives, these students began to experience higher levels of focus and academic success in school. Since that time, Christy has been trained in MeMoves, Yoga & Meditation for Children, and Executive Functioning Assessment & Intervention. In 2005, Christy wrote a curriculum in collaboration with Heather Wolters, School Social Worker, titled Students Creating a Positive Self (SCRAPS), a curriculum for developing self-image in adolescent girls using scrapbooking. While running SCRAPS groups over the last 12 years, Christy witnessed a huge increase in self-awareness and self-confidence in girls participating in the program. This has inspired Christy to continue her quest to work individually and in small groups with children to teach them how to integrate techniques to promote self-awareness and mindful learning into their own lives.