Mindfulness and Prevention

 Judy Johnson

Phone: 763-241-3400 x5003


Degrees and Certifications:

Judy Johnson

Manager of Prevention, Safety and Grants


Judy Johnson has been with ISD 728 since October 2000. In her role as Manager of Prevention, Safety and Grants she oversees prevention initiatives focusing on student’s health and well-being, including mental health, drug prevention, violence/bully prevention and wellness. Judy serves as ISD 728’s Crisis Response Coordinator, providing guidance with all phases of emergency preparedness, crisis management and school safety. She is the liaison with local emergency services providers and the School Liaison Officers. As grants coordinator, Judy seeks federal and foundation funding opportunities for ISD 728 initiatives, programs and services. Judy has a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Minnesota State-Mankato and is in her final year of studies at St Thomas University pursuing a Master of Social Work degree.  

 Mary T. Schmitz, MSW, LICSW

Phone: 763-241-3400 x1253


Degrees and Certifications:

Mary T. Schmitz, MSW, LICSW

Mindfulness Educational Specialist 

Mary T. is currently serving ISD 728, Elk River Area Schools as the Mindfulness Education Specialist. Previously, she has served the district for 21 years in the role of School Social Worker. Mary T. completed the Oasis Training through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Medical School earning her endorsement to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Additionally, she has completed year-long focused training with both the Mindful Education Institute (MEI) and Mindful Schools. Mary T. has been fortunate to study with masters in the field of Mindfulness including Jon Kabat Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Dr. Rick Hanson, Dr. Amy Saltzman, & Daniel Rechtshaffen. Mary T. is also one of 8 Nationally Certified Yoga Calm ® Teacher Trainers. Further, she has completed Alchemy of Yoga’s 200 hr. RYT Yoga Teacher Training.

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