Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, Ph.D.
Class of 1976
Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Development Psychologist and a Professor in the Department of Education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She began her professional career first as a middle school teacher and then as a secondary school teacher at an alternate school for "at risk" adolescents. For more than two decades, Dr. Schonert-Reichl's research has focused on the social and emotional development of children and adolescents with a particular emphasis on identifying the processes and mechanism that foster children and adolescents' positive human qualities including empathy, altruism, kindness and resiliency. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her work.
Her message to Leyden students: "There is so much I learned at West Leyden, and those years served as a foundation for the work I am doing today. I would tell Leyden students to cultivate their optimistic thinking, find their passion, and nurture their relationships with friends and family! I would emphasize to them the importance of finding teachers and other adults in school who believe in them and can serve as role models or mentor."