”As a passionate educator and innovator, my dream is to empower youth by building confidence in their capacities, celebrating their innate genius, and practicing optimism about a future only they can design.”
Makeda Gershenson is the Founder of Good Better Best. Her key areas of expertise include Coaching & Education, Social Emotional Learning and Emotional Intelligence.
Makeda is certified as an emotional intelligence educator, academic coach for teens and a digital behavioral coach.
Her collaboration with Milwaukie High School’s after-school program was awarded the 2016 Changemakers Award from Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. Makeda supports New York City schools as a staff developer for Morningside Center. In working with Makeda to implement and sustain restorative practices onsite, one school site reported an 80% decrease in Level 4 and 5 incidents and a 66.7% decrease in suspensions. She has been a leading Mindfulness coach on habit formation platform, Coach.me, for 5 years, individually coaching over 400 clients from 32 states and 37 countries.
Makeda is also a professional performer, having traveled internationally to perform both music and dance. Some of her New York musical venues include the Delacorte Theatre and Carnegie Hall. Makeda received dual degrees from Stanford University as well as a Masters in Education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education.