James Butler, M.Ed. has been teaching kindergarten and prekindergarten since 2002. He has a B.S. in education and early childhood from Indiana's Manchester University and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Grand Canyon University. He is now the SEL (social-emotional learning) mindfulness specialist for the Austin Independent School District (AISD), working with teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and grades preK-12 students. During the 2016-2017 school year, James helped implement a mindfulness curriculum in all 130 AISD campuses. He lives in Austin, Texas.