Monique Beels was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. She received her BS, MS and EDS from Wayne State University.
Monique has spent over 30 years in leadership roles in public education, beginning as a high school science teacher, moving on to school administration, and finally her last 9.5 years, as Superintendent of two very different school districts. In these roles, she learned the value and importance of self-renewal, of nurturing her own heart, and through this work, the hearts of everyone in the school communities she has worked in. After participating in Circle of Trust retreats for fifteen years, she was drawn to become a Courage and Renewal facilitator herself. She has facilitated Circles of Trust with her own staffs and for cross professional groups of educators and nonprofit leaders.
Monique’s conviction that social justice and equity must be at the heart of education has led her to bring opportunities to the students in her districts, through the expansion of course offerings and a strong focus on making the teaching and administrative staff more diverse.
In her post retirement work, she wants to pursue how Circles of Trust can sustain educators and others in the helping professions, as well as support individuals who are working through transitions in their lives. Monique is an avid runner, reader, cook, knitter, and gardener. She is a lifelong learner and educator.
**Currently in the Facilitator Preparation Program
“The daily routine of most adults is so heavy and artificial that we are closed off to much of the world. We have to do this in order to get our work done. I think one purpose of art is to get us out of those routines. When we hear music or poetry or stories, the world opens up again. We’re drawn in – or out – and the windows of our perception are cleansed, as William Blake said. The same thing can happen when we’re around young children or adults who have unlearned those habits of shutting the world out."
Ursula K. LeGuin
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