Mindfulness Facilitator Toni Coral, 49, is a former high school English teacher who wants to help educators and students get away from all the noise of poor decisions made by policy makers’ in the education sector and to provide assistance to attendees to find a balance between home and professional life through, “A Quiet Place: Mediation Facilitation
Coral, 49, left the teaching profession following an episode of depression in 2013-2014 in part due to,“the attacks on the teaching profession from policymakers and my inability to handle those attacks in a healthy manner,” she said. She realized others in the teaching profession suffered similarly.
This led her to practice meditation regularly and jump back into teaching a class for educators, teachers, and parents for special needs children who may benefit from clearing out their mind. Coral said, “All three of these audiences touch my life in personal ways and I would like to offer people an opportunity to relieve the stress and trauma associated with those worlds.”
Mediation helped Coral flourish from a shy introverted teenager who grew up in the metro Detroit suburb of Canton, to teaching and activism. “It’s possible to stop beating ourselves up and to open up our hearts in meaningful and authentic ways,” she said.
Kelly Czajka, 49, met Coral online as a fellow teacher. They share their mutual love for the British band Squeeze. Czajka said Coral is a “pragmatic awesome listener and conversationalist with a wicked sense of humor.” She said, “A Quiet Place”
is a perfect way for Coral to “cultivate her creativity.”
Coral is the mother of a 12-year-old son, who she adopted from China as an infant, an avid baker, and an author-in-the-making of an upcoming book.
Nargis Hakim Rahman is a Bangladeshi American Muslim writer and a mother of three kids. She is a fellow for Feet in Two Worlds/WDET 101.9 FM for a food journalism fellowship.
Nargis graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, and a psychology minor. Rahman was a part of the Wayne State’s Journalism Institute for Media Diversity, a honors learning community. She has reported for The Muslim Observer, a national Muslim newspaper since 2010, The South End, Wayne State University’s student newspaper, and The Hamtramck Review, Hamtramck’s community newspaper. Rahman is passionate about community journalism in the Greater Detroit area. She hopes to give local American Muslims and minorities a voice in the press. She blogs for Brown Girl Magazine and Haute Hijab.