On July 19, Ten Strands hosted the California Cohort Day at Climate Generation’s Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, a three-day conference connecting educators to an engaged community seeking to build collective strength to inspire hope and action in our communities.
Mandy Breuer, founding principal at Golden Charter Academy, the school of environmental stewardship in Fresno, CA, is known for crafting the highest quality of learning spaces that support the whole student—academically, socially, emotionally, mentally, and physically. Breuer mentors teachers and staff, greens physical campuses, counsels students, and designs family involvement opportunities to cultivate empowered, joyous, and connected learning communities. Before her journey into public education, Breuer spent time in marketing with FOX Broadcasting Company. After receiving her B.A. in Public Relations from Texas Tech University and her M.A. in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University, Breuer began her quest to bring environmental justice to the context of public education. Breuer was selected as a recipient of the Dean’s Award for her work in Social Justice while at Loyola Marymount. Her tenure with LA County public schools began in the Compton High School counseling department and as a founding director for a 5th grade transition program in Lennox, CA. The last decade has seen Breuer building the counseling, academic and environmental programs from the ground up as a school leader at Environmental Charter High School (Lawndale), Larchmont Charter School (Hollywood), and Wonderful College Prep Academy (Delano). Breuer also enjoys music festivals, playing the guitar in a garage band, perfecting plant-based comfort food recipes, and backpacking in our State and National Parks.