Director, IFSEL Schools + Consulting
McLeod, M. Ed., is a multi-talented educator whose portfolio reflects her
distinctive commitment to the social and emotional wellbeing of children,
adults and organizations.
Elizabeth has served as SEL
Specialist with grades 1-6 at The Nueva School; classroom teacher for 5th-8th
grates at Live Oak School; and school counselor at Marin Primary and Middle
She has also served as
facilitator for the Women’s Leadership Forum, in partnership with Australia’s
National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative. The Forum is an interactive, webinar experience
that provides “advice and strategy for addressing the unique
challenges and complexities that women face in the contemporary school
During graduate studies at
Harvard, Elizabeth co-founded Girlventures, a youth development non-profit that
empowers adolescent girls to live healthy, relate wisely, and lead
confidently. As Executive Director, she
led the collaborative development of all aspects of the organization.
She also used her personal experiences
at the Center for Ventures in Girls Education and Outward Bound to design and
teach experiential leadership and social justice curricula, and to lead wilderness
expeditions, for teen girls. Leading
people into the outdoors to learn about themselves, others, and our connection
to the natural world is a theme that runs through all of Elizabeth’s work.
Elizabeth also has a special interest in teaching
peace-building skills to youth and adults, drawing on principles of non-violent
communication and Eastern contemplative practices. As a trainer for the
Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, she supported conflict resolution and
peer mediation programs in diversity-rich Bay Area schools.
Her parent and parent+child workshops promote
listening, creativity, and intuition. She
also facilitates mindfulness and yoga experiences for children and adults seeking
to develop embodied self-awareness.
Elizabeth graduated from
Boston College with a B.A. in Human Development and English. She holds single and multiple subject
teaching credentials from San Francisco State University. She earned her M. Ed. from Harvard Graduate
School of Education.
Elizabeth lives along the
Northern California coast, where she finds that her most important education is
the ongoing one she receives from her teenage daughter and son.