Filtod Walker is a mindfulness and educational leadership skills instructor who is currently joining the Sierra Friends Center through a year of service with Americorps. With specialized training for teaching mindfulness in the correctional system, he is a teacher that blends the secular with the more traditionally spiritual subject matter in his mindfulness, communication, and meditation skills classes and retreats. At Sierra Friends Center, Filtod is part of the grant writing, community outreach, and curriculum development teams.
Prior to his move to California, Filtod was centered in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago where he provided community outreach and support to individuals and organizations there and conducted mindfulness and meditation-based retreats through the broader state-wide area. Filtod has spoken at conferences on mindfulness, emotional intelligence, stress management, cognitive distortions, instructional design, employee/volunteer correction, cultural awareness, community activism, and learned helplessness in adult education.
Filtod earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Eureka College and his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. His M.Ed. thesis was titled How to Build an Emotional Intelligence Toolbox and detailed how to teach emotional intelligence skills in the classroom setting.