Leonie Abbott

Leonie Abbott is Senior Manager, Implementation and Quality, co-author and editor of the Berry Street Education Model. She currently supports a diverse range of schools with Trauma Informed Positive Education training, curriculum and strategies to enable school leaders to embed and sustain the science of wellbeing across a whole-school approach.

Leonie is a foundation graduate of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Melbourne, has over 20 years of education leadership experience and is a Director of PESA (Positive Education Schools Association). She integrates trauma-informed pedagogy and the science of wellbeing in her interactions with communities and believes Positive Psychology is a powerful road map for continuous growth.

We asked Leonie a few questions about friendship and below are her responses:

What’s your favorite childhood memory with friends?

Singing ABBA songs into my hairbrush with my friends while trying hard not to scratch the record as we danced around the lounge room.

What 3 words would a friend use to describe you?

Loving, Dependable, Creative

How has a friend inspired you or made you a better person?

I am so lucky to have friends who challenge me to be and do my best. Sometimes it has been biting my lip and holding back the words circulating in my head because I know those words in that moment are best left unsaid. Then, it’s having the courage to speak those same words at another time, a more appropriate time, so as to be true to myself and the friendship. Again, leading with kindness and understanding of the other person, my friend. The special people in my life have helped me navigate these challenges because they have accepted my apologies and missteps.


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