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Michael Downs is a teacher, retreat leader, outdoor educator, and coach. He currently serves at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, where he coordinates the retreat program and teaches classes in ethics and spiritual ecology. After living abroad for three years and returning to study theology, Michael has taken a particular interest in compassion as an agent of transformation in the classroom, as a parenting practice, and as a means of inter-religious dialogue. His graduate thesis focused on adolescent spiritual development, and Michael regularly incorporates mindfulness and compassion practices into his pedagogy with teens and parents. He earned his undergraduate degree and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.A. in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley.