Michael Shattah

As a recent Ph.D. candidate in counseling psychology with a focus on integrative therapeutic practices, Michael Shattah has worked in medical and mental health care settings for over five years, helping hundreds of people with concerns about mind and body health as well as exploring skills to enrich personal pursuits and relationships.

His evidence-based research looks at quality of life in long-term medical patients with chronic pain using a comprehensive bio-psycho-social-spiritual health model to improve options in assessment, self-care and treatment. The related study proposal examines potential effects of mindfulness and self-compassion for promoting patient health, as well as reducing pain and preventing disease.

Ali Ronder


My educational background is varied, to say the least. I have been home-schooled, Unschooled, Waldorf schooled, Montessori schooled, and public schooled. I have worked for (and my daughters have attended): parent run co-ops, Waldorf-oriented and Montessori pre-schools, Sudbury schools, public schools and public-charter schools.

My previous teaching experience focused on early childhood with: South Austin Children’s Cooperative, Starbright Preschool, Montessori Escuela de Montopolis as well as bilingual Kindergarten at Maplewood elementary (AISD) and Kindergarten/first grade at Austin Discovery School.

My board of directors experience includes membership:

  • People’s Community Clinic patient advisory board (1989-1992)
  • Teen Help Line board of directors (1990-1992)
  • March of Dimes (1991)
  • Clearview Sudbury School (2007-2008)
  • Austin Discovery School (2008-2009)
  • Education Transformation Alliance (2012 – 2015)
  • Conscious Garden (2014 – present)
  • Natural Learning Foundation (2015 – present)

I hold an EC-4 teaching certificate from the State of Texas as well as a B.A. from UT-Austin in History/Applied Learning & Development and a M.Ed. from Texas State University-San Marcos in bilingual/bicultural education. I am currently working on my PhD. in Educational Administration at Texas State University-San Marcos. Some of my related volunteer work includes teaching ESL in Mexico and Guatemala at: Colegio Cuernavaca, Casa Xelaju, Colegio Alonzo Morelio, and La Pedrera. Additionally I was the Community Wellness Program developer and manager of Ruta Maya Coffee House for over 12 years.

You can view my entire electronic portfolio at www.austinyogamama.com for more detailed information including my resume and video documentation. Also find me for private educational consulting at http://startuplearning.me/our-team/erin-ali-ronder/