Instructor

Shari Garn spent 25 years as a teacher before leaving the profession to become a Restorative Conference Facilitator in the justice setting serving youth and young adults in Santa Rosa, California.

During this time, she also brought restorative practices to a nationally recognized anti-bullying organization, designing and delivering their restorative trainings and training their trainers nationwide. More recently, Shari co-led a team of restorative specialists for a large school district, coaching leadership in district-wide restorative implementation. This included teaching elementary circle curriculum, co-facilitating restorative youth leadership classes at the secondary level, coaching teachers and working responsively with students K-12.

Shari also has experience in facilitating restorative justice processes for agencies and individuals within her community.

Shari received a Master of Science in Restorative Practices from the IIRP Graduate School in 2016, and she is a graduate of the Teacher’s Certification Program through Mindful Schools. She has a particular interest in integrating restorative justice practices with mindfulness, social-emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, and social justice and equity.

Shari loves to spend her free time playing music, swimming and relaxing in nature.