John Baugher is an inspiring author and teacher whose insight, humor, and kind spirit captivate audiences. Through playful exploration of our lives’ deeper sources of meaning, purpose, and joy he guides us towards finding these deeper sources ourselves.
He has spent his professional life as an educator and social science researcher, researching ways to foster emotional and spiritual growth within individuals, organizations, and society. His work is founded upon his research on contemplative caregiving practices.
Early Life and Education
Early childhood education is a crucial foundation for children’s future learning, behavior and health. Studies conducted over decades show how these formative years create the conditions necessary to foster social-emotional development as well as healthy growth and development throughout life.
The first six years of a child’s life are crucial periods in their biological brain development when billions of connections between neurons are made. Strong emotional development, such as self-confidence, emotion regulation, expression and positive self-belief, are essential for them to acquire social and academic abilities that will last throughout their lives.
A strong school-family partnership is essential for a child’s emotional and academic success. Parents, teachers and community leaders come together to create environments that nurture social, physical and mental well-being of young children – setting the stage for lifelong learning, behavior management and health.
John has been an inspirational educator for more than two decades, teaching on death and dying, bereavement, grief, and related topics at colleges and universities throughout America and Germany as well as at a state prison. His skillful application of insight and compassion practices enhances student wellbeing while creating caring learning communities.
John offers tailored talks and workshops to hospice workers and other healthcare professionals on the art of contemplative caregiving. Additionally, he conducts “train the trainer” sessions for volunteer coordinators, nurse educators, bereavement group facilitators, and clinical pastoral education (CPE) supervisors.
Achievements and Honors
John Baugher has achieved a great deal, but none quite compare to his work in public education as Principal of Fairfield Senior High School in Uniontown.
Baugher has achieved great success at creating a sense of family on his campus, by getting to know each student and teacher by name.
He uses his social media presence to promote the school and its activities. His Instagram page has become a go-to destination for students, teachers and parents alike.
He holds a number of accolades to his name, such as being named Maryland State Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals and receiving National School Boards Association’s award for promoting educational achievement among underserved populations.
John Eric Baugher is an internationally renowned scholar and teacher who studies the transformative power of contemplative caregiving in healthcare, education, and leadership. His unique approach combines social scientific research on caregiving and grief with teachings from Buddhist, contemplative Christianity, and other wisdom traditions.
He is a certified nursing assistant (CNA), bereavement group facilitator, hospice caregiver and chaplain with a PhD in sociology. His research and essays have focused on stress and healthy coping, organizational change, transformational learning, caregiver support services and hospice care.
He is the author of Contemplative Caregiving: Finding Healing, Compassion and Spiritual Growth Through End of Life Care. In this book he weaves together powerful stories from interviews with diverse hospice caregivers–Vietnam veterans, nurses, housewives, Catholic nuns and those convicted of murder–with his own journey toward wholeness in the face of grief and traumatic loss.
John Baugher is a financier from Southampton, New York. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Princeton University.
After college, he pursued a career as a financier. Estimates place his net worth at approximately $2 million as of 2022.
He is not only a successful financier, but he also the husband to renowned English actress Kelly Reilly.
He met Reilly in 2010 and they began dating for about two years before getting engaged two years later in 2012. In 2012, the couple tied the knot in Somerset, England but have yet to have any children together.
He is a successful businessman and owns an orchard and farm in Westminster, Maryland. He is supported by his wife Marjorie and sister Dottie Dunn. At present he oversees larger projects while taking time out of work to enjoy partial retirement.