"Agni Zotis, through her specific and overlapping method ranging from Mindfulness to Meditation to Visual Arts (multi-media) has added substantially and uniquely to our overarching project of Wellness and Emotional Safety for all our students. Agni’s approach is one of beautification of inner and outer spaces. This makes keen sense to our adolescents who want very much to be guided as they illuminate what’s going on inside and express in ways that are beneficial in the short and long term. With Agni as their trusted coach and facilitator, Lab students study and engage in various research-based methodologies of Mindfulness.
They paint, breathe, stretch, journal, meditate, practice active listening, design murals, and act as urban naturalists in downtown Manhattan. We very much see this piece of Mindfulness as an essential link in our approach to 21st Century education. Agni is a perfect fit for our school community as she recognizes this approach must be woven into the fabric of Lab—not a tag on or an afterthought. After all, being present in our bodies, in ourselves, in our communities, in our lives is the only way to change and grow. And, positive transformation—individually and globally--is the work of public education."