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Wednesday, February 5 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Spark Session: The Depths of Depression: One School Administrator's Story

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New this year, Spark Sessions are 30-minute sessions with a specific topic or challenge in mind. These sessions are optional to attend. Not seeing a session that meets your needs? Feel free to check out our great exhibits, do some shopping at the Book Fair, or grab some coffee with a colleague!

In this presentation, Al Levin will share his story of two major bouts of depression, one so debilitating that it required him to take five weeks off of work. Through this presentation, audience members will learn the importance of sharing stories, self-care, and the care of others.

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Al Levin

Linwood/Monroe Arts Plus
Al Levin has been in Saint Paul Public Schools for twenty years, the past fifteen years at the administrative level. He’s completed all of the coursework in working towards a Co-Active coaching certificate through the Coaches Training Institute.Al is also a person who has recovered... Read More →

Wednesday February 5, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm CST
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