We are so fortunate to be a part of a community where members pursue their passions and talents outside of the classroom and share them with the school as well. One of our many talented faculty members is Rayna Guy. Guy has been a part of the SCH community for four years, but her passion for well-being and mindfulness has always been a part of who she is. Guy is SCH’s director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and also teaches Upper School English. Her dedication to helping the SCH community become a place where everyone experiences a sense of belonging has definitely been felt campus-wide. This year, the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Wellness Team has started a “Positive Psychology” initiative to encourage faculty and staff to find the intersection between their position and their passions.
Guy has found this intersection at Mt. Airy Learning Tree. Outside of SCH, Guy teaches a workshop centered around well-being at Mt. Airy Learning Tree, called “Write Through Your Chakra” where students get an unintimidating glimpse into chakras (energy centers in your body) and meditation while flexing their writing muscles and discovering connections between body and mind. She was inspired to offer this workshop to the community because she was looking for a space for herself and her peers to feel safe, specifically for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) women. Guy states, “it's important to me that, through avenues such as teaching and Big Hoop Energy (her organization that combats inequalities, read more here), I can remove some of the barriers to wellness that ‘we’ face.”
Guy has been attending classes at Mt. Airy Learning Tree since she was a teen and most recently enjoyed photography, rowing, and hip hop dance classes. Her favorite part about teaching this workshop is “the connection between her students’ well-being and their ability to identify where in their body the focus on healing should be. As an English teacher, bringing in the writing component really allows people to unlock thoughts and feelings that they would otherwise be too busy with life to take notice of.”
Guy believes that SCH promotes “unbounded curiosity” and that is exactly what she hopes to cultivate in every educational sphere that she can, on and off campus.