“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.” –Catherine Pulsifer I grew up immersed in my books, studying until 2 am each night and getting straight As and fantastic scores. This was all because I wanted to get into a prestigious college and move onto a prestigious medical school. I never bothered to question the importance of the discriminant in a quadratic equation or why coral reefs are so crucial to marine life. All I did was memorize the facts. It was not until I attended UCLA did I really understand the hidden truths of SiRNA and our genome. I had the opportunity to dive into research and understand how little modification can reverse cardiac atrophy. School was finally interesting, but what I realized was that I did not want to be a doctor. I craved real-life exposure. I wished I had a school that allowed me to learn how to build and design a lightsaber. I wanted to work with world-class videographer to understand how to capture my moments and share them with my peers. I wanted desperately to help on a global scale, but my education just did not provide that for me. This is what The MEG School was created to do: provide a space where passions can be brought to life – where I never have to wonder, “What is the point of a discriminant?” It is a place where students can learn the method of water desalination one day and then travel to our local canyons to prove that knowledge correct. Come check us out at The MEG School, where every individual is recognize as unique and no student will ever get bored and stuck asking themselves in Algebra 2, “What is the point of a discriminant?”
My passion for education has evolved from an unconventional path. With an academic background in business and economics, I started my career working with financial institutions as an analyst and marketing strategy consultant. I loved analyzing big problems and being plugged into the pulse of business – but all the while, I wished I could do more to impact individuals.
Students came to me by chance when friends enlisted my aid applying to medical schools and MBA programs. My background helped them apply persuasive and strategic writing tactics that produced acceptance letters from top tier universities. Before I knew it, working with my students wasn’t a pastime. It was my purpose. Over the years, it has been my privilege to help hundreds of students in person, online, and all around the world propel themselves towards paths that give them meaning. The MEG School is a place where students can explore and grow, but more importantly, learn how they—as individuals—can impact the wider world. I am honored to help establish a foundation for students to find themselves and discover the ways in which they hope to make a difference.
If the world is our classroom, then my whole life I have been that student in the first row, eyes wide open, engaged, and fully participating. My childhood summers were spent in the Rockies, exploring and honoring nature in its most majestic form. A career in the arts followed, exploring multiple disciplines within the industry. As technology evolved, it was natural for me to be one of the first to bring digital marketing into an analog world.
The three pillars that support The MEG School’s program are what elevated my life and lifted me higher toward finding my path as an adult. Our goal in creating The MEG School is to provide students with a chance to explore their passions in an immersive environment that mentors and guides them through their unique journey of discovery.
We are so excited to be a part of a revolution in education and allow our next generation to prepare themselves for a world that will be far different from the one we live in even today. Our instinct is that navigating a challenging and changing world will be easier if your child’s path is driven by their passions. With that in mind, we invite you to be a part of The MEG School and its innovative and committed community.
I come from a family of educators who believe strongly in the power of schools. Schools are the place where modern society, in all its complexity and imperfection, interacts with its people. In school, students learn skills to help them get what they want–but they also learn what they want, and what their society wants from them. Young learners build skills and knowledge through explicit instruction, but they also build their identity from the implicit messages of their schooling. In each student’s mind, alongside questions like “What is due tomorrow?” are myriad questions of great and lasting import: What kinds of skills are worth working on? How can I plan a happy life? What can I do that matters to the world? What kind of knowledge is important to me? What is possible for me? How can I be a good person? How much do I need to know to get what I want? When should I try again and when should I give up? Am I talented? Am I clever? Am I important?
In building The MEG School, I’ve found an amazing team of educators who believe as I do–that responsible, effective, joyous schooling requires continuous organization around core education principles, and thoughtful discussion of the purpose and value of what we do at every level. Schools have a greater responsibility than just to select good textbooks: they are responsible for creating an ongoing community that organizes itself around lifelong learning, cultivating passion, developing talents, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and empowering individuals.
Our work on The MEG School represents a snapshot of our ongoing conversation about how best to serve our students, our society, and ourselves as we tackle the challenges and opportunities of education in the 21st century. We are not afraid to radically reorganize old systems, nor are we taking on innovation for its own sake. We have built a curriculum and an educational philosophy for The MEG School using traditional tools, new ideas, academic research, and our years of success and frustration teaching high schoolers in other systems. I am tremendously grateful to be a part of such a reflective, talented, and hard-working team of educators!